How to create a basic PowerPoint Presentation

For many people the idea of making a PowerPoint presentation can be overwhelming, but you will soon see that PowerPoint can be easy and fun!

First things first.  You have to find PowerPoint.  The location of PowerPoint will depend on what type of operating system you are using.  For Windows 7 (and most windows operating systems) go to the start menu, click on all programs and find the Microsoft Office folder.  PowerPoint will be inside.

When PowerPoint first loads you will automatically be on the title slide.  You can title your presentation and put your name in the subtitle.  Your instructor may require you to add the date, the class name, the instructor’s name or the school name here as well, so pay attention to instructions.  Now you’re ready to start the rest of our presentation.

What you need to remember when it comes to PowerPoint presentations is that usually you will be using it as a visual aid to something else.  Because of this, you never want to overcrowd your presentation.  You want your audience to be able to read everything that you write and see every graphic that you add.  It doesn’t help anybody if they can’t tell what you are trying to represent.  Before you start creating your presentation, it is a good idea to make a brief outline of the main topics you want to cover.  From here you can decide how many slides you will need to cover these topics and how to split up the information among them.  Think about what visuals will help bring across your ideas.  Once you have a plan, making the PowerPoint will be fun and easy.

To create your next slide press on the “New Slide” button in the ribbon on the top.  The slide that it will default to is the “Title and Content” slide.  This is the most commonly used slide, but if you wish to pick a different slide, simply click on the arrow next to “New Slide”.

Keep creating new slides and adding content until you have all the information you need.  When you have the basics down, you can get to the fun part.  I’ll cover that in a later post, but for now you should be able to make a good start.

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