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Using the On-Screen Pen
Using the On-Screen Pen
Have you ever seen a coach in a locker room drawing out football plays on a chalkboard?
Well, you can do the same thing in PowerPoint. You can have an impromptu discussion of
concepts that are illustrated on slides and punctuate the discussion with your own circles,
arrows, and lines. Perhaps during the discussion portion of your presentation, you may
decide that one point on the slide is not important. In this case, you can use the pen to
cross it out. Conversely, a certain point may become really important during a discussion and
you want to emphasize it. In this case, you can circle it or underline it with the pen cursor.
You can choose your pen color as follows:
1. Move the mouse to make the buttons appear.
2. Click the Pointers button (the one that looks like a pen). A menu appears.
Alternatively, you can right-click and then choose Pointer Options to see a similar
menu. (The main difference is that on the right-click version, you have to select
the Ink Color command for access to the ink color swatches.)
3. Click the color you want, as shown in Figure 18.6. (If you’re using the right-click
version of the menu, point to Ink Color fi rst.)
FIGURE 18.6
You can select a pen type and an ink color for it.
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To change the default pen color for the show so you don’t always have to manually select the color you want, click Set
Up Show on the Slide Show tab. Then, in the Pen Color drop-down list, choose the color you want.
You can turn on the type of pen that you want, as follows:
1. Click the Pointers button again.
2. Click the type of pen that you want:
Pen. A thin solid line
Highlighter. A thick, semitransparent line
 
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