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Note Pad

Here is a pad of paper for you to use in your presentations. There are two versions: 1 straight on view that looks like it slightly tilted back at the top and 1 that is slightly rotated. There are several pages (more than you'll probably ever need) in each version that can be "torn" from the pad one by one. Be sure to view the animated example to see one way to do this.

You'll want to use a font that looks like handwriting with this series, otherwise your slide won't have an authentic look. Don't make the lines of "handwriting" too evenly distributed. You want it to look imperfect. If you have the time, scan your handwritten list and use your handwriting. You'll want to be sure to process the photograph so that there is no background and then save it as a PNG-format file.

Customizing the vertically sliced circles

Adjust size

Be sure to group the whole pad and resize together. Each page has been grouped, so you should only ungroup once or you'll lose control of the graphic. Suddenly you'll have a mass of pages and lines. It would be easier at this point to just start over with a fresh pad if you ungroup the pages.

Color variations

You can, of course, change the color of the pad and the lines. But do so while the pages are still grouped, or it will be difficult to get control of all of the fields again. Select a group (click on it) and then select a field withing the group (click on it). You can now change the line and/or fill color of the object.

PowerPoint 2007 options

Don't apply any special formatting to these pads of paper.

3D variations

They are drawn so that they're ready to use as is. Don't add any other 3D effects.


It's advised that you don't use shadows with these pieces of paper unless you use the sheets without the pad. If you just want to use a sheet of paper by itself (laying on the slide or "pinned to a bulletin board," then a drop shadow in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 would be a nice touch.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Since these pads/pages are drawn to look authentic, don't add any gradients, patterns, or pictures.


Download the animated example for this series. Each page can be "torn from the pad" through animation. You'll need to move the paper off the slide once it's removed from the pad, however. It is not possible through animation to place the torn pages in a pile next to the pad. the layering will be off, i.e., the last page you pull off the pad will be the last one in the pile - that doesn't work since it should be the first one on the pile.

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