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Creating a Presentation
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Creating a Presentation
Since it first came on the scene in the late 1980s, PowerPoint has forever
transformed the way we conduct meetings. Its slick slides can illustrate your points
so much more clearly and efficiently than stacks of printed handouts or scrawls
on a dusty chalkboard. PowerPoint presentations can contain images, charts, tables,
videos—all of which are ready to come to life thanks to a slew of built-in animations
and transition effects. PowerPoint also gives you flexibility in your delivery options:
Give your slideshow in person or remotely over the Internet, set it up to run
continuously (in a trade-show kiosk, for example), or put it on a website for people to find
and view at their own pace.
Meetings have come a long way—and so has PowerPoint. PowerPoint 2010 features
the same enhanced, customizable ribbon you find throughout Office 2010, as well
as an improved Animations ribbon, new slide transitions, the ability to divide your
presentation into sections, and better photo and video editing options. And that’s
just for starters. The next several chapters show you what PowerPoint 2010 can do to
make your presentations more exciting. This chapter gets you up to speed, covering
the basics of creating, saving, viewing, and printing a presentation.
Creating a New Presentation
When you first open the program from the Windows Start menu, PowerPoint has
already created a new, blank presentation for you, as shown in Figure 20-1. Center
stage is the working area for the active slide. To the left is the Slides pane, which gives
an overview of your slideshow as you create it, showing smaller versions of your
slides in order. Across the bottom is a pane where you can add notes—reminders to
yourself about what to say when you’re presenting.
 
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