Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Customizing Your Presentation’s Design
Another way to add audio to your presentation is to record narration. For details, see
“Recording Narration” on page 632.
Editing Audio
The options for editing audio are quite similar to the options available for editing video. In
fact, they’re even located on nearly the same Playback tab. Just as with video, when you’re
working with audio, you can add or remove bookmarks, trim audio start and stop points,
set fade in and fade out locations, hide the audio during the slide show (just be sure the
audio plays on an automatic animation), and loop or rewind the clip.
Customizing Your Presentation’s Design
Before you’re ready to deliver a presentation, there are some last-minute design changes
you can make beyond slide layouts. Design is often the first thing people try to work with
in PowerPoint, but it really should be the last. Ideally, you want to get the core of your
message down first. The design changes you make will affect much of what you’ve already
entered, but they shouldn’t cause you to rework your message. In short, the design should
it your message, not the other way around.
Formatting Text
Formatting PowerPoint text isn’t any different from formatting text in a program like Word.
You select the text and then use the formatting options on the Home tab or the Mini
toolbar. PowerPoint allows you to format all or just selected pieces of text within a text box.
To format all the text inside an individual placeholder, click once inside the placeholder, and
then press Esc. This selects the placeholder as an object. Now, any formatting changes you
make affect all the text inside the selected placeholder. Pressing Esc one more time removes
the placeholder selection altogether.
For more information about formatting text, see “Applying Text Formatting” on page 123.
Setting Page Layout Options
Because PowerPoint is intended primarily for on-screen use, you’ll find very few page setup
options. In fact, there are only two of note: Slide Orientation and Headers & Footers.
A slide’s orientation can be either portrait or landscape and is defined on the Design tab in
the Page Setup group. The option you select affects all slides within the same presentation.
In other words, you can’t mix slides of different orientations in the same presentation file.
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