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Chapter 20: A First Look at PowerPoint 2013
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A First Look at PowerPoint 2013
IN THIS CHAPTER
Who uses PowerPoint and why?
What’s new in PowerPoint 2013?
Starting and exiting PowerPoint
Changing the view
Zooming in and out
Displaying and hiding screen elements
Working with presentation windows
A presentation is any kind of interaction between a speaker and audience, but it usually involves one
or more of the following: computer-displayed slides, noncomputerized visual aids (such as
transparencies or 35mm slides), hard-copy handouts, and/or speaker’s notes. PowerPoint enables you to create all
of these types of visual aids, plus many other types that you’fill learn about as you go along.
In this chapter you’fill get a big-picture introduction to PowerPoint 2013, and then we’fill fi re up the
program and poke around a bit to help you get familiar with the interface. You’fill fi nd out how to
use the tabs and panes, learn about some of the new features, and see how to work with the various
views and key screen settings.
Who Uses PowerPoint and Why?
PowerPoint is a popular tool for people who give presentations as part of their jobs and also for
their support staff. With PowerPoint, you can create visual aids that help get the message across to
an audience. Although the traditional kind of presentation is a live speech presented at a podium,
advances in technology have made it possible to give presentations in numerous other ways, and
PowerPoint has kept pace. With PowerPoint, you can present in these formats:
Podium: For live presentations, PowerPoint helps the lecturer emphasize key points
through the use of computer-based shows (from a notebook or tablet PC, for example) or
overhead transparencies.
 
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