Google Gadgets are widgets for web pages. The user selects a Gadget from the Google Gadget inventory; customises it and then copies the code into their webpage. To enable a Google Gadget in PowerPoint, the user must insert the code into an HTML page and then embed the page as an object in PowerPoint. It may sound difficult, but it is actually requires very little technical know-how.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Visit Google Gadgets (see Resources).
Select a Gadget by clicking "Add to Homepage."
Customise the Gadget.
Click "Get the Code."
Highlight the displayed code and copy it to the clipboard.
Open Notepad by clicking "Start Menu," "Programs," "Accessories," "Notepad." Notepad is a free plain-text editor that comes with all versions of Windows.
Paste the code into Notepad.
Click "File," "Save As." Enter a "File Name" for the file and remove the ".txt" extension and replace it with a ".HTML" extension. Save the file to the computer.
Click "Insert," then click "Object."
Click "Create From File," then click "Browse."
Locate the recently created HTML file on the computer. Click "OK." The Google Gadget will now be embedded into the PowerPoint document.
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