Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating Custom Slide Shows
INSIDE OUT Copy the design of an existing presentation
You’re getting ready to create your new presentation, and you need to apply the same
design theme you used on an old presentation. You can picture it, but you just can’t
remember the theme’s name. You could spend your time looking through all the design
themes for a match, or you could take the faster route and copy the design theme from
a previous presentation.
Open the presentation that contains the theme you want to use and the presentation
that you’re copying the theme to. Position the presentations side by side by using
Arrange All on the View tab. Then select a slide thumbnail (either in Normal view or
Slide Sorter view) in the old presentation. Double-click Format Painter (on the Home
tab), and then click each slide thumbnail in the new presentation.
For more information about themes in Office 2010, see “Using Office Themes” on page 185. For
information about backgrounds, see “Adding Backgrounds” on page 612.
Creating Custom Slide Shows
Custom shows allow you to present a portion of a larger presentation. For example, you
might have a 60-slide presentation for new employees that includes a section of 10 slides
about the company’s security policy. If you receive a request to teach a short seminar about
these policies, you can create a custom show using only the relevant slides.
Based on your needs, you create custom shows by hiding selected slides or by setting up
a new presentation order for a specific set of slides. Both techniques are equally easy to
use. The difference is that when you hide slides, you don’t have the option of changing the
order the slides are displayed in. When you create a custom show, you do.
Hiding Slides to Create Dynamic Presentations
Hiding slides is a quick way to prevent certain slides from appearing in Slide Show view.
When a slide is hidden, it is still visible in any of the editing views (Normal, Slide Sorter, and
so on). The only view it isn’t displayed in is Slide Show view—unless you explicitly request it.
The ability to display a hidden slide on command is part of what makes this technique so
appealing. Hiding slides works well for content that you think might come up during the
course of a presentation. It’s the equivalent to being over prepared. For example, if you
create a slide show to present a thesis, you need to cite your sources, but those citations need
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