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Make an Easy PowerPoint© Presentation

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You can impress your teacher and make your next classroom presentation stand out by creating slides in PowerPoint. This tutorial gives simple directions with pictures to show you how to make an easy presentation. You can click on each image to see a full-sized view.

1. Getting Started

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When you first open PowerPoint, you will see a blank “slide” with a space for a title and a subtitle in two boxes. You can use this page to begin creating your presentation right away. You can put a title and subtitle in the boxes if you want to (click inside and type), but you could delete them and insert anything you want.

Just to demonstrate this, I will put a title in the “title” box, but I will replace the subtitle box with a picture from my file.

Simply click inside the “Title” box and type a title.

2. Creating Slides

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The “subtitle” box is a container for inserting text—but we don’t want text right there. So—we’ll get rid of this box by clicking on one edge (to highlight it) and then “delete.” To put a picture into this space, go to Insert on the menu bar and select Picture. Of course, you will have to have a picture in mind to use. Make sure the picture you want to insert is saved in a file (in My Pictures or on a flash drive) and select it from the list.

Note: The picture you select will be inserted on the slide, but it may be so big that it covers up your entire slide. (This confuses a lot of people.) Just select the picture and make it smaller by grabbing the edges with your pointer and dragging.

3. New Slide

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Now that you have a great-looking title slide, you can create more presentation pages. Go to the menu bar at the top of the page and select Insert and New Slide. You’ll see a new blank slide that looks a little different. The makers of PowerPoint have tried to make this easy for you and they have guessed that you’d like to have a title and text on your second page. That is why you see “Click to add title” and “Click to add text.”

You can type title and text in those boxes, or you can delete those boxes and add any type of text or object that you like, by using the Insert command.

4. Bullets or Paragraph Text

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I have used the boxes on this slide template to insert a title and text, as it was designed.

The page is set up to insert text in bullet format. You can use bullets, or you can delete the bullets and (if you prefer) type a paragraph.

If you choose to stay with the bullet format, you simply type your text and hit return to make the next bullet show up.

5. Adding a Design

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Once you have created your first couple of slides, you may want to add a design to your presentation to make it more professional-looking.

Type the text for your new slide, then go to Format on the menu bar and select Slide Design. Your design choices will show up on the right side of the page. Simply click on the different designs to see how your slide would look. The design you select will by applied to all of your slides automatically. You can experiment with the designs and change any time you want to.

6. Watch Your Slide Show!

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You can preview your slide show at any time. To see your new creation at work, go to View on the menu bar and select Slide Show. Your presentation will appear. To move from one slide to another, use your arrow keys on you computer keyboard.

To go back to design mode, simply hit your “Escape” key. Now you have enough experience with PowerPoint to experiment with other features.

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