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Chapter 1: Getting Started in PowerPoint
Chapter 1: Getting Started
in PowerPoint
In This Chapter
Introducing PowerPoint
Finding your way around the screen
Understanding what creating a presentation is all about
Creating a presentation
Inserting the slides
Changing views of the screen
Rearranging the Slides and Notes panes
Manipulating slides
Creating a photo album
Hiding slides for use in a presentation
It’s impossible to sit through a conference, seminar, or trade show
without seeing at least one PowerPoint presentation. PowerPoint has found
its way into nearly every office and boardroom. I’ve heard of a man (a
very unromantic man) who proposed to his wife by way of a PowerPoint
As nice as PowerPoint can be, it has its detractors. If the software isn’t
used properly, it can come between the speaker and the audience. In a New
Yorker article titled “Absolute PowerPoint: Can a Software Package Edit Our
Thoughts?,” Ian Parker argued that PowerPoint may actually be more of a
hindrance than a help in communicating. PowerPoint, Parker wrote, is “a
social instrument, turning middle managers into bullet-point dandies.” The
software, he added, “has a private, interior influence. It edits ideas. . . . It
helps you make a case, but also makes its own case about how to organize
information, how to look at the world.”
To make sure that you use PowerPoint wisely, this chapter shows what
creating a PowerPoint presentation entails. After a brief tour of PowerPoint,
you find out how to create presentations, get a better view of your work,
insert slides, put together a photo album, and hide slides.
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