Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 1: Welcome to PowerPoint 2013
depending on which edition of Office you buy, you might get other goodies as
well, such as Access, Publisher, a complete set of Ginsu knives, and a Binford
VegaPneumatic Power Slicer and Dicer. (Always wear eye protection.)
You know what Word is — it’s the world’s most loved and most hated word
processor, and it’s perfect for concocting letters, term papers, and great
American novels. I’m thinking of writing one as soon as I finish this topic.
Excel is a spreadsheet program used by bean counters the world over.
Outlook is that program you use to read your e-mail. But what the heck is
PowerPoint? Does anybody know or care? (And as long as I’m asking
questions, who in Sam Hill was Sam Hill?)
PowerPoint is a presentation program, and it’s one of the coolest programs I
know. It’s designed to work with a projector to display presentations that will
bedazzle your audience members and instantly sway them to your point of
view, even if you’re selling real estate on Mars, season tickets for the Oakland
Raiders, or a new increase to a congressman in an election year. If you’ve
ever flipped a flip chart, you’re going to love PowerPoint.
Here are some of the many uses of PowerPoint:
✓ Business presentations: PowerPoint is a great timesaver for anyone who
makes business presentations, whether you’ve been asked to speak in front
of hundreds of people at a shareholders’ convention, a group of sales reps
at a sales conference, or your own staff or co-workers at a business meeting.
✓ Sales presentations: If you’re an insurance salesperson, you can use
PowerPoint to create a presentation about the perils of not owning life
insurance and then use your laptop or tablet computer to show it to
✓ Lectures: PowerPoint is useful for teachers or conference speakers who
want to reinforce the key points in their lectures with slides.
✓ Homework: PowerPoint is a great program to use for certain types of
homework projects, such as those big history reports that count for half
✓ Church: People use PowerPoint at churches to display song lyrics on big
screens so everyone can sing or to display sermon outlines so everyone
can take notes. If your church still uses hymnals or prints the outline in
the bulletin, tell the minister to join the 21st century.
✓ Information stations: You can use PowerPoint to set up a computerized
information kiosk that people can walk up to and use. For example, you
can create a museum exhibit about the history of your town or set up
a tradeshow presentation to provide information about your company
✓ Internet presentations: PowerPoint can even help you to set up a
presentation that you can broadcast over the Internet so people can join in on
the fun without having to leave the comfort of their own homes or offices.