Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating a New Presentation
In PowerPoint, slides are blank areas that you can adorn with various objects.
The most common type of object is a text placeholder, a rectangular area that’s
specially designated for holding text. (Other types of objects include shapes,
such as circles or triangles; pictures imported from clip art files; and graphs.)
Most slides contain two text objects: one for the slide’s title and the other for
its body text. However, you can add more text objects if you want, and you
can remove the body text or title text object. You can even remove both to
create a slide that contains no text.
Whenever you move the cursor over a text object, the cursor changes from
an arrow to the I-beam, which you can use to support bridges or build
aircraft carriers. Seriously, when the cursor changes to an I-beam, you can click
the mouse button and start typing text.
When you click a text object, a box appears around the text, and an insertion
pointer appears at the spot where you clicked. PowerPoint then becomes
like a word processor. Any characters that you type are inserted into the
text at the insertion pointer location. You can press Delete or Backspace to
demolish text, and you can use the arrow keys to move the insertion pointer
around in the text object. If you press Enter, a new line of text begins within
the text object.
When a text object contains no text, a placeholder message appears in the
object. For example, a title text object displays the message Click to add
title. Other placeholders display similar messages. The placeholder
message magically vanishes when you click the object and begin typing text.
If you start typing without clicking anywhere, the text that you type is entered
into the title text object — assuming that the title text object doesn’t already
have text of its own. If the title object is not empty, any text that you type
(with no text object selected) is simply ignored.
After you finish typing text, press Esc or click anywhere outside the text object.
In Chapter 2, you find many details about playing with text objects, but hold
your horses. You have more important things to attend to first.
Adding a new slide
When you first create a presentation, it has just one slide, which is useful only
for the shortest presentations. Fortunately, PowerPoint gives you about 50
ways to add new slides to your presentation. You see only three of them here: