Powerpoint Tutorials

You've heard the program mentioned by name repeatedly but how much do you really know about it?  Today's technology tip will show you the basic layout of Microsoft PowerPoint.

The most common use for PowerPoint is for making presentations.  If you wait long enough next to a digital projector or TV set hooked up to a computer someone will probably stop by and do a PowerPoint presentation for you.  If you've never used PowerPoint before here's the basic layout of what you're going to see when you open the program:

PowerPoint Screen Shot
This is called the "Normal View" and there are two ways to change to the "Slide Sorter View":
PowerPoint menu
Slide Sorter ViewTo make additional slides either select "Insert" on the menu bar and select "New Slide" or press CTRL and M on the keyboard.  Remember that you can always reorganize the slides in the "Slide Sorter View" explained above.

To put text on a slide you have to use text boxes.  You can either get text boxes by inserting then yourself ("Insert" menu and select "Text Box") or by using premade layouts and design templates that are available in PowerPoint.  To find these options go to the drop down triangle in the upper right hand corner of the Task Pane (see below).
PowerPoint Slide Layout
Slide Layout Options:        Slide Design Templates:
PowerPoint Slide Layout Options
Select a design template and slide layout and you're on your way to making a professional looking slide show even if you've never done it before!
If you have PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 you can use this video for some basics about the new version.

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PowerPoint 2010: Slide Basics

PRACTICE ACTIVITY:  Open up a blank PowerPoint slide show and try making a 5 slide show about anything.  Use a design template and slide layout.

TO KEEP ON LEARNING:  What to find out more about making slide shows in PowerPoint try searching the internet for:

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