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July 14, 2008


You may want to set MouseThreshold1 and 2 a little higher than 0 if
your pointer becomes a little too jumpy on the screen, but make sure
that MouseThreshold2 is greater or equal to MouseThreshold1, and all
three of these are integer values.


Thanks for this tip! And your drawing is lovely :-)

one thing I want to know,when you draw in PPT draw model,do you use a digital panel and pen? such as wacom's,it is to hard to draw with mouse.
and ,when drawing in PPT,the "pen"is just a dot ,hardly to see it ,how could you draw so freely when you are giving a speech?

I use this quite often in teaching Physics, but it seems that PowerPoint on the Mac doesn't keep your annotations.

i have powerpoint 2004 (lovely mac version). when i come out of presentation view, i am not asked to keep notations
what am i doing wrong - i am missing out on the fun!


This is the first time you disappointed me. Love your work and your book, but when I read your headline, I assumed you were going to say our brains were the best tool ever. Quite the opposite when you mentioned PPT. I find that this suggestion is not congruent with many principles you have shared.

Brain, pen, napkin..... That is all we need, right?



Hey Dan,

You made my day too cause I didn't know this either. I was so jazzed I immediately fired up PPT, played with it and created a goofy little rendering in under 60 seconds.

I'm really going to enjoy this. What a kick!

Thanks Dan,


Ed -- thanks for the OneNote comment. I personally know thousands of people with PPT, and about two with OneNote, so I'll keep pushing on the PPT side.

As for why it took *me* this long to release this top-secret info about the best part of PPT, I think we should take that up with Bill and Steve. I hate doing their job for them. Don't get paid enough, either. :-)

- Dan

Mike -- the instructions and screenshot above are *from* PPT 2007. Just go into presentation mode and look at the bottom left of your screen. Presto! Instant drawing tool.

Why did you wait so long in telling us about this use of PPT? You can draw as well on Microsoft OneNote pages. I haven't done enough napkin sketches yet to compare the pluses and minuses to see which I'll adopt.

Where do you find this in PPT 2007...thanks

Brilliant. In all the time I've used PowerPoint I never knew this existed.

Dan, you seem to manage to pile simplicity upon simplicity. Makes it kinda hard not to get on board. I am loving my back of napkin journey and this tip is a bit of a missing link for me. Many thanks. Dean

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