Monday, December 20, 2010

The latest and greatest downloads…

Have you been to the Brainy Betty Presentation Shop yet? You can download a new free slide every week as well as a copyright-free, beautifully designed 23 sample slide set to use for any purpose you like! See the slides you’ll get below:








We also have a new toolbar at the site that allows you to share and keep in touch with our latest news from our FB and Twitter pages and more.

Happy Holidays to all our fans worldwide!

Nan @ brainybetty

Sunday, December 12, 2010

4 new free Animated Snowflake Background and New Christmas and Holiday Downloads

Hello Everyone! We have 4 new free animated snowflake backgrounds as well as a new Christmas and Holiday Download page full of free holiday music (royalty-free), holiday stationery and much more! Check them out…


Nan @ Brainybetty Smile

Friday, November 12, 2010

OUR BIG list of Public Domain Resources. Can you say free to use??

On SUNDAY, NOVEMBER, 14, our BIG list of Public Domain Resources goes live. You'll find photos, texts and media to use for personal and commercial use. Become a Facebook Fan and be informed of the URL on Sunday!

I think if you are not a fan, you’ll be surprised at just how many freebies we give away daily. If you are a new fan, please look at the Links Tab and find every single post.

We have over 750 fans now. We’re aiming for 1,000 or more! Can you help?

Have a great weekend all!


Sunday, November 07, 2010

Latest November Downloads at Brainy Betty

22751643Enjoy our latest downloads at Brainy Betty!

We have a new free library section chockfull of reference and resource information. We also have:

Thanksgiving - templates, lesson plans, crafts, recipes and more!
12 new free unique fonts for your presentations!
Tutorial: Learn how to remove the background from a picture using PowerPoint 2007/2010
6 NEW Free Animated Speaker Introduction Content Slides for PowerPoint 2007/2010 users

Keep warm and safe everyone!


Wednesday, October 06, 2010



Saturday, September 25, 2010

I’m so excited to share this with you I can’t contain myself!

Learn in this this less than 3 minutes tutorial how to create an awesome, super-cool graphic effect in PowerPoint. (It’s the top one.)

I won’t give it away here. Go check it out. Man, it’s free and won’t take more than 4 minutes of your day. Whatcha waiting for??

Friday, September 24, 2010

New 2 minute tutorial on the Brainy Betty YouTube channel

Have a wonderful weekend all!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New YouTube channel Tutorial and new free downloads!

Hi all!

Watch the new YouTube tutorial entitled How to Create an Electronic Business Card in Outlook and Use It as Your Signature for Emails.

We also have 77 new animations (5 web pages of downloads!) for free at Brainy Betty this week. Animated U.S. state flags and some international flags as well as some 2D and 3D animations. Enjoy and share!

Finally, you only have 9 more days to purchase the Ultimate Combo from Crystal Graphics at 80% off! It includes everything from templates to photos, 3D, transitions, music, quotations and more. Everything you need for perfect presentations.

Have a wonderful week!

Nan @ brainybetty

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Over 750 new PowerPoint templates added Sept. 17th at Crystal Graphics and Free PowerShow.Com!

clip_image001For just $99, you can get an entire year’s access to 23,000+ professionally designed PowerPoint templates from Crystal Graphics.

Finding exactly the template you need is easier with 3 ways to search: By keyword, color and/or category. …and they are all FREE to try!

You get at least 2 themed backgrounds per template: 1 full screen & 1 framed. Most also have print versions!

Download samples now and try them out!

Hot “insider” tip - Do you still email presentations to people? – That forces people to download large PPT files. And you never really know if your recipients even view your presentations or if they forward them on to others without your permission. But we have the solution for that! Check out Crystal Graphics’ newest website: It is rapidly becoming the world’s best site for viewing and sharing multimedia-rich PowerPoint presentations. It offers excellent privacy features and provides reports of exactly who viewed your private presentations and when. And you can even control whether or not people can share your presentations with others. And, best of all, it’s FREE!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Download 27 new royalty free photos “Textures of Everyday Life” at Brainy Betty!

Download 27 new royalty free pictures at Brainy Betty today!P1000798

You can also find professional, premium royalty free photos at Crystal Graphics for a low price – a years worth of downloads for all your presentations.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New YouTube channel tutorial video

image Watch our YouTube channel and learn in under 2 minutes how to create an animated map in PowerPoint. You can also download the pdf instructions at the site.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Download 9 new free school posters!

Theater Download 9 new free school posters at Brainy Betty!

Find older printable school posters here.

Find other printables for home and business use here (For Sale signs, directional arrows, For Rent, etc.)



Sunday, September 12, 2010

Download our newest content slides free

image Download our new “Glassy Graphic” content slides for use in your own PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010 presentations. Enjoy, and have a stellar week!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

A Question I Get Frequently…

imagePeople ask me all the time if I can show them a way or a product they can use to directly download YouTube videos or Google videos for use in their PowerPoint presentations. I think I’ve found a solution for Mac users.

Here’s what they say about the product verbatim:

Movavi Flash Converter for Mac - the ideal tool for downloading video from YouTube, Google and other popular video-sharing websites and converting Flash (.flv) videos to any format for any device. Now you can download and convert your online video favorites on your Mac! “

Look at the link below for more You can apparently get a Free Trial as well.
Movavi Flash Converter for Mac Personal ($39.99)

If anyone tries this program out or one of their PC versions, and it works well, I’d love to hear your feedback.

Thanks! Nan@BB


Outlook Social Connector is pretty cool stuff

image A lot of people don’t even know this snazzy little program exists but would surely use it if they could. It essentially shows you in Outlook what all your Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace people are posting and so much more. You should start by taking a look at the Microsoft Casual Blog videos (short and sweet here) and downloading the files if you want this cool feature in Outlook. I know it makes my life easier to look at all emails, tweets, posts etc. right from within Outlook instead of going to different sites.

Another new feature I’ll be starting on my website is a tech reviews page for software programs and other gadgets I use. I often receive lots of questions from individuals about the best program that can be used to edit videos for business or classes (without being too techy to do it) and I thought folks might find that useful.

I’ve also started to put together a Text Based Site Menu again, but only about 60% of all the pages are currently there – but you may find it useful as well.

Take it easy!

Nan @ BB

Monday, August 23, 2010

Apologies and a cool new download!

Sorry for the blog post which didn’t work at all for all of you yesterday! My bad. :)

Let me make it up to you by giving you a cool new download from Microsoft – absolutely free: the Outlook Attachment Detector (an add-in) looks in the text of emails for any attachments you may have mentioned and prompts you if by chance you forgot to actually attach something. It’s from Microsoft Labs and available from this page.

Microsoft Labs is much like Google Labs where you can go download and play with the latest greatest tekkie toys.

Enjoy and please share with others who may feel benefit…

I hear you loud and clear that some of you cannot access Facebook and our Fan site from where you work. So I will make every effort to post daily freebies at this blog as well. Have a happy week, all!

Nan @ brainybetty

Friday, August 20, 2010

PowerPoint 2010 Bible now available!

Faith Wempen's PPT 2010 Bible is now out at Amazon and the CD has a HUGE collection of our free templates!

It's a great investment to improve your skills and learn the new version (which is chockfull of wonderful video, animation picture effects, smart art and more.)

Coverage includes:

  • A First Look at PowerPoint

  • What Makes a Great Presentation?

  • Creating and Saving Presentation Files

  • Creating Slides and Text Boxes

  • Working with Layouts, Themes, and Masters

  • Formatting Paragraphs and Text Boxes

  • Correcting and Improving Text

  • Creating and Formatting Tables

  • Drawing and Formatting Objects

  • Creating SmartArt Diagrams

  • Using and Organizing Clip Art

  • Working with Photographic Images

  • Working with Charts

  • Incorporating Content from Other Programs

  • Adding Sound Effects, Music, and Soundtracks

  • Incorporating Motion Video

  • Creating Animation Effects and Transitions

  • Creating Support Materials

  • Preparing for a Live Presentation

  • Designing User-Interactive or Self-Running Presentations

  • Preparing a Presentation for Mass Distribution

  • Sharing and Collaborating

  • Customizing PowerPoint

  • Presenting Content Without Bulleted Lists

  • Adding Sound and Movement to a Presentation

  • Creating a Menu-Based Navigation System

  • Creating a Classroom Game

PPT 2010 Bible

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Calling all teachers!

‎2 FULL FREE pages of K-12 backgrounds for PowerPoint! Enjoy and share please. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Save time with quick computer shortcuts and new Theme Sets for Office 2007 and 2010!

This is fantastic short article from Microsoft at Home about using keyboard shortcuts to accomplish more, qith more efficiency. This is especially helpful if you type a lot of documents and use the keyboard more than you use your mouse.

Save time with quick computer shortcuts

Also you can download new FREE Office 2010 Themes from our new section here. We’ll be creating many more in the weeks to come.

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Summer Hiatus

Hello All,

It's been a bit of a hiatus for me - computer problems and getting Office 2010 installed and working. Now, all is well and fixed and next week I will be back to regular posts. Hope your summer is going fine. I am still posting daily on the Facebook Fan page and you can get the latest downloads, tutorials and more there.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

High Degree of Frustration with Office 2010 Installation

I am having such an incredibly high degree of frustration with installing Office 2010 Home and Business edition. I'm getting considerable errors over and over again - from the installation not recognizing a Q drive to errors for Click to Run to all kinds of other annoyances. Right now, I don't have Office and can't use it. Do NOT buy this software yet. My recommendation is to wait awhile.

Thanks, BB

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Play Ribbon Hero and Improve your Microsoft Office Skills!

Ribbon Hero is a game for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 and 2010, designed to help you boost your Office skills and knowledge. Play games (aka "challenges"), score points, and compete with your friends while improving your productivity with Office. ZDNet calls it a brilliant training tool from Microsoft Labs.

Have you tried the new template finder on the Brainy Betty site? What's your feedback?

Our Facebook Fana Page has grown in leaps and bounds to over 400 people! Every single day we post at least one or two giveaways or tutorials or useful links to sites. We do hope you'll come join and visit us!

Have a great week all!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Word 2007 Mail Merge Tutorial

If you need to understand how to perform simple or complex mail merges in Word 2007, this tutorial is for you. View as a PowerPoint Show here or download the pdf file here.


Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Self Playing Presentation with video. Awesome!


Now. Imagine, using PowerPoint to create your own CBT. You don't have to be an educator, you can be anyone trying to make anyone else informed about any topic in the world. If you haven't downloaded the PowerPoint 2010 BETA - go do that now.... you know you'll be buying it.

And I cannot even start to begin talking about how this feature will benefit independent business people, organizations and such. Can you imagine? Creating coursework with your OWN video content and easily making movies to sell, share, or distribute within your organization? - Please email me at brainybetty at gmail dot com for individual consulting.

:) Peace Out.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Reduce Office 2000 – 2007 file sizes!

boxshot-fileminimizer FileMinimizer Office reduces the size of PowerPoint, Word & Excel files by up to 98% using an intelligent compression technique which preserves the original file format and quality. The optimized files are then much smaller, safer and ideal for sharing and sending via email. Recipients don't need the software to edit or view the optimized files. Mailboxes, servers and networks are relieved and loading time is accelerated.

Only $44.95 here… or Download the trial software and TRY IT FREE!


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

How to “Package” a Presentation

Learn in this video how to package a presentation for use on a CD, another system, a jump drive or other situations.

Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sneak Peek: PowerPoint 2010 Extreme Transitions

Take a sneak peek at the new transitions available in PowerPoint 2010.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Learn Something New: A Quick Tutorial on “Pinning” in Vista

If you are running Windows Vista as your operating system, here’s a quick 3 step tutorial on how to access programs you use all the time.


1. Go to the Start Menu, then the All Programs menu.


2. Choose the program you use frequently and right click on it. Choose “Pin to Start Menu”.


3. Now, every time you want to go to the program, simply open the Start Menu and it will be there!


Happy Tuesday All!

Nan @ brainybetty

Monday, March 15, 2010

Family Safety - Windows Live

If you have young children in the household, this free Microsoft program may be useful for you. Family Safety allows you to block or allow websites, monitor the sites your children go to, and specify who they can instant message with if they are using Hotmail or Windows Live Messenger.

Windows Live has a host of other useful free programs for your use as well – including Windows Live Writer – if you are a blogger, you’ll find it to be indispensible – I am using that program as I write this blog right now.

Windows Movie Maker can also be downloaded from this site. (If you haven’t seen my video on how to convert your digital pictures into a movie – watch the YouTube video showing you how to use this program.)

As always, if you become a Facebook Fan, you can find all kinds of new and useful downloads every few days and our free toolbar will keep you connected to us as well.


Happy Spring All!

Nan @ brainybetty

Family Safety - Windows Live

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Amazing Presentation – Watch and learn from the pros!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - I think you'll be amazed at this presentation by Duarte; if you've ever wondered what are the possibilities with PowerPoint - I highly suggest watching this one! Even more fabulous, this particular presentation is available to you to play with as a part of the sample templates in PowerPoint 2010 Beta!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Monday Tutorial: Become a PowerPoint artiste!

Monday Tutorials: Have you ever wondered how to create *art* in PowerPoint? Maybe create a cartoon or an animated walking stick figure or even tearing paper or a maze or simple drawing techniques? Check out PowerPoint Heaven for downloadable free tutorials for all of these lessons and become a PowerPoint artiste! Look under tutorials in the left menu.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jazz up your presentations with music

headphones Look like a PowerPoint maestro! You know that movie and television studios add carefully selected background music to set just the right mood for their Hollywood productions. Now you can easily and affordably do the same for your PowerPoint presentations, thanks to CrystalGraphics PowerPlugs: Music for PowerPoint Annual Subscription!

Its features include:

•   Download all the music clips you want for one year!
•   Over 2000 professional music clips to choose from.
•   Styles include Jazz, Rock, Funk, World, Orchestral, Ambient, Corporate, Techno and more.
•   The right music helps your presentations deliver their maximum impact to your audiences.
•   Also great for self-running presentations, such as those on or in kiosks.
•   Includes cool plug-in tool that lets you add music to an entire presentation with just 3 clicks.

Visit or call (800) 394-0700 x 1 for more info

Nan’s Note: I ALWAYS get questions about embedding sound files into PowerPoint at Brainy Betty – CrystalGraphics also has a “Music for PowerPoint Helper Plug-in” for just $29 that takes care of all of it for you. Here’s what it can do:

  • Helps you find and insert the perfect background music into your PowerPoint presentations with just 2 or 3 clicks!
  • Automatically sets your selected background music to auto-play.
  • Eliminates those annoying icons that you usually have to click on to start the music.
  • Automatically sets your background music to loop for as long as you need it to.
  • Automatically embeds your music into your PPT files so they are more portable.
  • Plugs into PowerPoint 97 - 2007 running on Window XP - Vista
  • Software updates are FREE!

You can get both (the music subscription for 1 year AND the helper plug-in for just $89! (20% off)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Student / Teacher Freebies and Resources Page on Site!

We know you don’t have much time to look around for things, and we also know our 800+ page site is a lot to handle!

So, if you are a student or teacher you can directly access some of the best content that’s just for you from our new page. In fact, all our new content for educators and students will be updated on that page from now on.

Be sure to visit and bookmark it. We’ll be adding new things every week. You can find everything from tutorials to backgrounds and animations and links to some awesome resources and free software.


Nan @ Brainy Betty  :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Hidden Gems in Excel 2007 and more…

  • Learn three lesser-known tricks for Microsoft Office Excel 2007, and watch your productivity improve.
  • Also, this week, Brainy Betty is developing a new page for Students and Teachers that can be used as guide and a list of resources to create some popping presentations that are out of the ordinary! Watch for it near Friday of this week.
  • Come and interact with Betty on our Facebook Fan Site and get lots of freebies and tutorials!


Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

Nan @ Brainy Betty

Monday, February 08, 2010

Clean your computer

cleaning In anticipation of spring cleaning of all kinds to come! Here’s a great short list from Microsoft at Home on how to properly clean your computer. Dust and heat are the biggest causes of computer breakdown and by following these simple tips you can clean your computer and be ready for another year of efficient use!

P.S. If you noticed, on our website you can now save 10% on PowerPlugs Templates from Crystal Graphics by entering marketing code brainy.  Unlimited downloads for One year plus a FREE template finder! Save time. Order now!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Faculty Connection - 5 Amazing Downloads for Educators and Students

Every week, I try to bring you something new and different. As many of you know, the Microsoft site is simply gargantuan and many many free and useful resources get overlooked simply because they cannot be found.

This week, I came across the Microsoft Faculty Connection. With areas for both K-12 and Higher Education, there are many many free tutorials, software downloads, whitepapers, guides and more to explore.

I am highlighting this particular link below this week, but will be exploring the site in depth in coming weeks.

Faculty Connection - 5 Amazing Downloads for Educators and Students

In honor of National Computer Science Week (2009), Microsoft offered 5 incredible downloads for students and educators. These include:

  • Kodu – a visual programming language for children and adults who want to create games
  • Photosynth – an amazing new way to create environments from digital photos
  • Robotics Developer Studio – to create robotic applications
  • World Wide Telescope – Microsoft’s answer to Google Earth – but far better thought out and useful
  • and XNA Game Studio – another game creation application

Let the downloading begin! Have fun exploring and offering new ways for your own students to learn and create.

Nan @ Brainybetty

P.S. If you haven’t joined our Facebook Fan Page yet, please do so now. I’m working on some gorgeous new spring backgrounds I’ll be posting later in the week.

Monday, February 01, 2010

PowerPoint 2010 Beta: Take a look at the picture effects in the new version

Take a sneak peek at the new picture effects that will be available in PowerPoint 2010! Pretty awesome stuff! Brainy Betty is LOVING testing the beta version of this program - it is chockfull of fantastic new features.

Have a great week everyone!

Nan @ brainybetty

Saturday, January 16, 2010

This comes under 2 cool FREE web graphic apps you’ve gotta try!


The first is a picture generating online app that takes a group of words and creates a really cool “Word Cloud” graphic. See the picture at left. This cloud graphic reflects some of the most used words from this very blog for example. You can copy and paste text or put in a blog URL and choose colors and backgrounds and fonts as well. Very cool and can be found at:

sampad6c9a60240c2b4f The second is Image Chef. If you are a Facebook aficionado, you already know that Image Chef is one of the most widely used apps on the site. But if you go to their main site, you can find all kinds of fun ways to create graphics for free.  Here’s a graphic I created to the right in about one minute. :) I highly recommend this one!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Nan @ BB

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tutorial: Creating Graphics in Black & White with Just a Spot of Color for Presentations


Have you ever wondered how people create these unique pictures that seem to be completely in Black and White except for just one area of color? Well, it’s pretty simple, actually and this week, Brainy Betty has a great quick tutorial to show you exactly how to do it. You’ll learn a new skill set and have a lot of fun with this one!

Have a great week!

Nan @

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

10 tips for improving your wireless network

So many of us have wireless networks at home and this is the perfect time of year to take a look at the network you have at home and perhaps make it a little more efficient. This Microsoft at Home article has 10 tips to improve the speed and efficiency of your at home network.

10 tips for improving your wireless network

Thursday, January 07, 2010

PowerPoint 2010 Beta: How to make a video play in a shape

So, I'm playting around with the new PowerPoint 2010 beta version. It has lots of new and exciting features, but for me, I can really really see where video is going to make a big big impact on presentations from now on. I've got a brief tutorial on YouTube about playing video inside a shape here but that's barely scratching the surface of capabilities.

If you ever wanted to make e-learning with say, a narrator or a small circle with a person's face with video explaining each slide for a self-running presentation, these things are all now possible! I'll create more tutorials about this in the week ahead!

Stay warm everyone on the East Coast of the U.S. and the Midwest! The snow and ice are YUCK. I cannot wait for spring!

Nan @ brainybetty

P.S. Oh! I have a contest on our BB Facebook fan page for a $25 gift certificate to for providing some feedback about what you'd like to see more of at BB in 2010! Be sure and enter and become a fan. The drawing is on Sunday, Jan 10 at 9 P.M. EDT

Friday, January 01, 2010

All About Widescreen Presentations

Learn all about wide screen presentations and how they make what you have to say have more impact in this quick slide tutorial.

Tutorial for PowerPoint 2007
Tutorial for PowerPoint 97 - 2003
PDF format of tutorial

Happy New Year to all our fans! Become a Brainy Betty fan on Facebook for more goodies and extras not found here or on the site!

Nan @ brainybetty :)