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Tutorial for Icons

Icons are used for a variety of reasons: as a visual prompt for an idea, category, issue, structure, or event/topic. The Icon Category is an open category: icons will be added every month to the series within the category, and new series will be added as needed. This means that there will be no bundles in the category. it will be a subscriber-only category.

The icons will be available as PowerPoint 2007 downloads only. They are editable, as explained below, in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. Once you have downloaded and edited the icons to match your presentation template colors and style preferences, you can add them to your slide cupboard and use them as needed in future presentations. PowerFrameworks' goal is to develop a broad and comprehensive library of icons in the same style and format.

Customizing the icons

Adjust size

Group the icons and size them together. If you need to resize a group of icons so that they will be consistent, simply select all of the icons you are resizing, right click on one of them, click on Size and Position, and then manually enter a height and width, making sure that both values are exactly the same.

Color variations

The icons are formatted with a gray gradient circle or chevron. The design on the circle or chevron is usually either white, dark blue, or gray. You can change the colors of the circle and chevron to whatever solid color or gradient you choose. You can also change the color of the icon design to whatever fill and/or line color you choose. They are fully customizable in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010.

3D variations

The icon downloads are formatted with a circle or chevron with a bevel. This makes the icon look like it is a button. You can, of course, choose not to use the icons as formatted and remove the bevel or add a different 3D format.


The icon downloads have a short-depth drop shadow. This effect lifts the icon "off the slide" a bit. You can remove the shadow or alter it in any way you choose.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

The icon downloads are formatted with a gray gradient, which can be changed to any color (solid or gradient) you choose. You can also, in some cases, add illustrations or photographs to the icons to enhance its meaning.


The icons are typically used as a visual prompt, so simple reveals work best. It's not necessary to animate the icons, however.

Series that relate to this tutorial:

BA020 – Bullet Alternatives 020 – Text Containers with Icons

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IC001 – Icons 001 – Money

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IC002 – Icons 002 – Performance

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IC003 – Icons 003 – Activities

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IC004 – Icons 004 – Functions

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IC005 – Icons 005 – Characteristics

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IC006 – Icons 006 – Objects

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IC009 – Icons 009 – People/Body Parts

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IC010 – Icons 010 – Medical

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Links to instructions for getting the framework into your presentation

  1. Determine the best file type for your needs
  2. Download the file
  3. Import the framework into your presentation
    1. Importing a PPT file
    2. Importing a EMF or PNG
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