Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 4: Proofing Your Presentations
4
Proofing Your Presentations
In This Chapter
Checking your spelling
Using the Thesaurus
Capitalizing and punctuating the right way
Using the AutoCorrect feature
I was voted Worst Speller in the sixth grade. Not that being Worst Speller
qualifies me to run for president or anything, but it shows how much I
appreciate computer spell checkers. Spelling makes no sense to me. I felt a
little better after watching The Story of English on public television. Now at
least I know whom to blame for all the peculiarities of English spelling — the
Anglos, the Norms (including the guy from Cheers ), and the Saxophones.
Fortunately, PowerPoint 2013 has a pretty decent spell
checker. In fact, the spell checker in PowerPoint is so
smart that it knows that you’ve made a spelling mistake
almost before you make it. The spell checker watches
over your shoulder as you type and helps you to
correct your spelling errors as you work.
Checking Spelling As You Go
Spelling errors in a word-processing document are
bad, but at least they’re small. In a PowerPoint
presentation, spelling errors are small only until you use
a projector to throw your presentation onto a 30-foot
screen. Then they get all blown out of proportion. Nothing
is more embarrassing than a 3-foot-tall spelling error. And if
you’re like me, you probably try to look for mistakes in other people’s
presentations just for kicks. Thank goodness for PowerPoint’s on-the-fly spell
checker.
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