Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
You could create a presentation, shovel in some text and images, and leave
it at that. Lots of people do. You’ve probably sat through slideshows that
were little more than one poorly formatted slide after another. But when
PowerPoint makes it so easy to make your slides look good, why settle for boring
or, worse, confusing?
In PowerPoint, whatever you put on a slide—text, photo, table, or chart—is an
object. That means it lives inside a frame, such as a text box or a content box, and
everything inside the frame comprises the object. So when you move a frame, you
also move its contents. When you resize a frame, its contents automatically adjust to
the new space. And when you delete a frame, you delete the whole object—not just
the frame but everything inside it. Understanding objects makes it easier to make
your slides look good.
This chapter shows you how to edit the objects on a slide, including text, tables,
pictures, clip art, SmartArt diagrams, and more. If you’re familiar with Word, you’ll be
happy to know that you work with many of these objects in PowerPoint just as you do
in Word. As with Word, PowerPoint 2010 has better photo-editing capabilities,
including background removal and the ability to take screenshots. Read on for the full scoop.
If you’re used to Word, editing text in PowerPoint is both familiar and a little
different: familiar because the Mini Toolbar and the Font and Paragraph sections of the
Home tab look pretty similar, and different because you’re working in a text box
inserted into a slide, rather than directly on the page. This section tells you everything
you need to know about making your PowerPoint prose look good.