Office hacks: Make free personalized QR codes with PowerPoint

Maintaining a public website often requires the use of various QR codes. Although many websites offer the service of creating QR codes online, many beautification projects require fees. In fact, with the help of PowerPoint, you can make a personalized QR code for free.

Start PowerPoint, click Add “Microsoft BarCode Control” control to generate a QR code. Open the Properties window and set the value of “value” to a URL, e.g. baidu.com, so that you can generate a QR code with a link to the Baidu URL (Figure 1).

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Next, copy the above QR code in the PPT and paste it as a picture for beautification. If you need to make a color QR code, select the picture and click “Picture Tools→Format→Color” to choose your favorite color. You can also click “Insert → Shape”, insert a rounded rectangle without outline, and then use their own logo image to fill, so you can create a logo embedded in the QR code (Figure 2).

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Because the QR code has become a picture, we can also use PPT’s 3D, fill and other tools to beautify. For example, you can set the QR code to black, and then click “Picture Tools → Color → Set Transparent Color”, and then insert a rectangle, use the “dark wood” to fill, and the QR code to the appropriate three-dimensional settings. This will create a distinctive style of two-dimensional code (Figure 3).

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Many public numbers use dynamic QR codes, and you can also create such QR codes by using the animation component of PPT. For example, you can add a dynamic display of “Long press to follow” text to the top of the QR code, and add a straight line scanning from top to bottom on its face. Specific operations: click “Insert → Art Word”, insert the above four characters as prompted, select the word “long”, click “Animation → Add Animation” to add it “Zoom in and out” animation effect, the duration of 1s, then use the animation brush will be the same effect to other fonts. Then insert a straight line, add a top to bottom movement of the animation (Figure 4).

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Finally, click “File → Export → Create dynamic GIF file”, export quality select “small”, each slide show seconds set to 3s, click “Create GIF” Complete the creation of the animation. Place this dynamic QR code image behind the public article (Figure 5).

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