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Creating Speaker Notes
Chapter 16
Formatting Your Presentation
Creating Speaker Notes
When you create your presentation,
you typically keep the actual amount of
readable information on the slide to a
minimum by just adding bullet points to present
your ideas. Then you, as the presenter, elaborate
more on those points, or optionally then break
each point down to its own slide.
Separator bar
To assist you in keeping track of what you want to
say when a particular slide comes up, you can
enter notes, which are sometimes called speaker
notes. Entering information in the PowerPoint
notes area helps you remember the information
you want to relay to your audience. You can then
print a hard copy of those notes along with a copy
of the slide for your reference.
Figure 16-16
Type your notes in the Notes pane.
Another and probably easier way to work on your
speaker notes is to view the Notes page. Choose
View>Presentation Views>Notes Page. You see a full
screen view with half the page taken by the slide
and the other half with a placeholder you can click
into and easily type your text (see Figure 16-17).
Entering Speaker Notes
Located below the current slide is an area called
the Notes pane. In Normal view, you could just
click anywhere in the Notes pane and begin typing
your text, but since the area is pretty small, it is to
your advantage to resize the Notes pane. Drag up
the separator bar that you see between the slide
and the Notes pane. This gives you more room for
the notes, although it makes the slide appear
smaller. You can move this separator bar up or
down as needed (see Figure 16-16).
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