Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Familiarising yourself with the PowerPoint interface
Whichever version of PowerPoint you are using, you save fi les in the same
way as you do in Word and Excel. Use the backstage area or Offi ce button
to save your fi le, and the disk button in the top left or CTRL+S to update your
saved fi le regularly.
In this template, the demonstration slides show vibrant pictures of fl owers,
balloons and other highly colourful objects. Don’t be distracted by the content,
though. What you’re looking at is the variety of ways you can lay out your photos
and captions.
If you don’t like the template you’ve chosen, then you can close it (go to
PowerPoint 2010’s backstage area or via PowerPoint 2007’s Offi ce button) and then start
a new document with a new template.
Once you’ve found a template you’re happy with, save your presentation fi le.
Familiarising yourself with the PowerPoint interface
Before you start to create your own presentation, take a moment to familiarise
yourself with the basic PowerPoint interface. It’s made up of four elements, all
indicated in Figure 7.1:
The ribbon. This runs across the top of the screen and includes some old
friends like the Home ribbon featuring Font formatting options, which we’ve
already seen in Word and Excel.
The navigation pane. This runs down the left of the screen and is used to move
to a particular slide. It shows a small version of each slide (a ‘thumbnail’). If
there are too many thumbnails to fi t on the screen, there is a scroll bar in the
navigation pane. When you click on a thumbnail, you jump to that slide in the
editing area.
The editing area. This fi lls most of the screen and usually shows one slide at
a time. This is where you change the content of your slides. You can use the
scrollbar to move between the slides, but it’s much easier to use the navigation
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