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Quick PowerPoint tip: Stack emoticons

Want to spice up the title of your slide. Does a single emoticon not convey the message you want to send? Just add another one!

Let's take this boring slide:

Slide with only the title text "Run locally"

I'm only showing the top-left corner, the rest of the slide is even more boring.

We can add an emoticon to emphasize the running part.

Slide with the title "Run locally" prefixed with a running person emoticon

But what if we also want to include the local part? Let's add a house emoticon.

Slide with the title "Run locally" prefixed with both a house and running person emoticon

This does not give the right feeling yet, what if we could combine the two a bit more?

Let's merge these two emoticons to set a scene.

  1. Select the running person emoticon and choose Font > Subscript
    Font menu with the Subscript option checked
    Font menu with the Subscript option checked
  2. Select the house emoticon and choose Font > Character Spacing > Condensed by 25pt
    Font menu with the Character Spacing set to Condensed by 25pt
    Font menu with the Character Spacing set to Condensed by 25pt

The actual value might depend on your font-size and emoticon width.

Slide with the title "Run locally" prefixed with a person running in front of a house emoticon

That is it! Much better!

More examples

The same technique can be used to combine several other emoticons in this way.
Just some random examples:

  1. Run through the street
  2. Finish 3rd in a cycling competition
  3. Choose something from the menu
  4. Sales of dinosaurs has increased recently
  5. Save that thread
  6. Comment on the shopping cart contents
Examples of several combinations of emoticons in PowerPoint