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Introducing PowerPoint Presentations
Introducing PowerPoint Presentations
PowerPoint is similar to a word processor such as Word, except that it’s
geared toward creating presentations rather than documents. A presentation
is kind of like those Kodak Carousel slide trays that your grandpa filled up
with 35mm slides of the time he took the family to the Grand Canyon in 1965.
The main difference is that with PowerPoint, you don’t have to worry about
dumping all the slides out of the tray and figuring out how to get them back
into the right order.
Word documents consist of one or more pages, and PowerPoint
presentations consist of one or more slides. Each slide can contain text, graphics,
animations, videos, and other information. You can easily rearrange the slides
in a presentation, delete slides that you don’t need, add new slides, or modify
the contents of existing slides.
You can use PowerPoint both to create your presentations and to actually
present them.
You can use several different types of media to actually show your presentations:
Computer screen: Your computer screen is a suitable way to display your
presentation when you’re showing it to just one or two other people.
Big-screen TV: If you have a big-screen TV that can accommodate computer
input, it’s ideal for showing presentations to medium-sized audiences —
say 10 to 12 people in a small conference room.
Computer projector: A computer projector projects an image of your
computer monitor onto a screen so large audiences can view it.
Webcast: You can show your presentation over the Internet. That way,
your audience doesn’t all have to be in the same place at the same time.
Anyone with a web browser can sit in on your presentation.
Printed pages: Printed pages enable you to distribute a printed copy of
your entire presentation to each member of your audience. (When you
print your presentation, you can print one slide per page, or you can
print several slides on each page to save paper.)
Overhead transparencies: Overhead transparencies can be used to
show your presentation using an overhead projector. It’s a little
oldschool to be sure, but some people still do it this way.
35mm slides: For a fee, you can have your presentation printed onto 35mm
slides either by a local company or over the Internet. Then, your
presentation really is just like your grandpa’s old Kodak Carousel slide tray!
Your presentations will be much more interesting if you show them using
one of the first four methods (computer monitor, TV, projector, or webcast)
because you can incorporate animations, videos, sounds, and other whiz-bang
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