Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating a New Presentation
Notes: As you create slides, you can jot down notes in the Notes pane.
You can use these notes later to formulate your presentation and decide
what to say to your audience while each slide is on-screen (see Chapter
5 of this mini-book).
Designing your presentation : After you create a presentation, the next
step is to think about its appearance. You can change slides’ colors
and backgrounds, as well as choose a theme for your presentation, an
all-encompassing design that applies to all (or most of) the slides (see
Chapter 2 of this mini-book).
Inserting tables, charts, diagrams, and shapes: A PowerPoint
presentation should be more than a loose collection of bulleted lists. Starting on
the Insert tab, you can place tables, charts, and diagrams on slides, as
well as adorn your slides with text boxes, WordArt images, and shapes
(see Chapter 4 of this mini-book).
“Animating” your slides: PowerPoint slides can play video and sound,
as well as be “animated” (see Chapter 4 of this mini-book). You can make
the items on a slide move on the screen. As a slide arrives, you can make
it spin or flash.
Delivering your presentation: During a presentation, you can draw on
the slides. You can also blank the screen and show slides out of order. In
case you can’t be there in person, PowerPoint gives you the opportunity
to create self-running presentations and presentations that others can
run on their own. You can also distribute presentations on CDs and as
videos (see Chapter 5 of this mini-book).
Creating a New Presentation
All PowerPoint presentations are created using a template, A template is a
blueprint for creating slides. Each template comes with its own particular
slide layouts, colors, and fonts. When you create a presentation, you are
invited to choose the template best suited for your audience. Figure 1-3
shows examples of templates.
Book IV
Chapter 1
PowerPoint offers these templates for creating presentations:
The Blank Presentation template: A bare-bones template that you can
use as the starting point for designing a presentation on your own.
Built-In templates: Sophisticated templates designed by Microsoft artists.
Figure 1-4 shows some of these templates in the New window, the window
where you create presentations.
Online templates: Sophisticated templates from Microsoft that you can
download to your computer.
 
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