Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 18: Inside PowerPoint 2010
Inside PowerPoint 2010
What’s in a PowerPoint Presentation? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 579
Building a Presentation from Scratch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 597
Adding Graphics and Video Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 601
Customizing Your Presentation’s Design . . . . . . . . . . . . 608
Easy to use, hard to master. That’s been the story of PowerPoint since its earliest days.
Anyone can create a simple slide show. How hard is it, after all, to double-click the
PowerPoint icon and then click and type inside a box that tells you to do just that?
But creating an engaging presentation that doesn’t lull your audience to sleep takes more
than mere pointing, clicking, and typing.
In Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, slides are still the basic building blocks of a presentation. You
can still add bullet points, charts, tables, and pictures. You’re still presented with the familiar
boxes labeled “Click to add text.” What’s different is the inclusion of more ways to work with
rich media, including improved photo editing and the ability to trim a video. There are also
new options for sharing your presentation with a wider audience, like the ability to
broadcast a presentation on a network via Microsoft SharePoint or over the Internet with your
Windows Live account.
Add it all up, and you’ll see that the new features in PowerPoint 2010 make it possible for
occasional PowerPoint users to go beyond basic slide shows. PowerPoint has evolved into a
versatile communication tool that works for a broad range of uses: sharing family vacation
photos, creating polished reports for the classroom, or preparing sales and marketing
presentations for a business of any size.
In this chapter, we’ll whiz through the essential tasks of building a presentation, adding
interesting graphical elements to your slides, and customizing the overall design. In the
chapters that follow, we’ll tackle the tasks of delivering your presentation—in person or
over a network.
What’s in a PowerPoint Presentation?
Slides. Text. Graphics. Tables. Videos. Charts. Links.
The best PowerPoint presentations include just enough detail to get your point across and
the right balance of visual interest to hold someone’s attention for the duration. But where
do you start? And how do you go from a simple slide with black text on a white
background to something with a little more lair?