Did you know Microsoft PowerPoint was originally named, “The Presenter”? Created by Bob Gaskins and software developer Dennis Austin of Forethought Inc. in 1984, “The Presenter” later was renamed to “PowerPoint” specifically for the Macintosh. In 1987, PowerPoint 1.0 was released; running black-and-white text and graphic pages for overhead presentations. Today, PowerPoint is used all over the world and is one of the most popular presentation mediums used by students, teachers, speakers, and even military personnel.
If you’re searching the web and want to know how to make your own PowerPoint presentation; or, a little rusty since high-school’s hazy experience, Learn iT! Anytime renders a useful step-by-step guide on how you can make a PowerPoint presentation like the pros.
So you started Microsoft PowerPoint, clicked “Slide Presentation” and don’t know what to do next. Here, the image showcases the “Normal View” screen; think of it as your home base. This is the screen which you’re most likely to move back and forth from; using its PowerPoint tool bar. The PowerPoint tool bar hosts go-to text formatting, alignment, and slide tools — to just name a few. It’s also a good idea to play around with Normal View as well and feel what it’s like to write text, adjust borders, and text sizes.
Adding new slides to your PowerPoint presentation is simple. There are two main ways to add new slides. The first option is the “Insert” tab inside PowerPoint’s top fold, which gives you a drop down menu and option to click and add slides. Then, there’s the second option: the “New Slide” button. The “New Slide” button is located on the Normal View tool bar in the left corner. If you still can’t find the “New Slide” button, it’s just above the axis of where your slide task pane and your PowerPoint presentation meet. Option two is definitely a lot faster, and reduces the amount of clicks.
The slide task pane is located on the left side of “Normal View.” In the Step 3 photo, the slide task pane is where the mouse cursor points to slide number 3. To get good at Microsoft PowerPoint and boost work efficiency, get used to looking over to the left of your screen. Scroll up or down. Point and click and edit any slide any time. Also, the slide task pane is where “New Slides” appear; making it an excellent reference tool and search bar. You’ll also have the option to shuffle slides around in the slide task pane as well and click and drag.
When you’re finished inputting major key talking points, facts, quotes, and so forth, the next step is to give your audience a positive visual experience. PowerPoint offers a “Design and Layout” feature, giving users the luxury to add lot of personality to presentations or a to brand presentations. PowerPoint presentations have a notorious history for being bit of a bore. So be sure to keep your audience entertained and add clip art, photos, quotes, and charts. When you’re selecting your design template in the design tab choose the most compatible design tab and watch a bland black-and-white presentation turn into a masterpiece.
As you input images, graphs, and finish your PowerPoint presentation design — the next step is to master PowerPoint layout. PowerPoint layout helps you coordinate your images and content with your body copy; amplifying maximum presentation beautification for varying categories or headlines. When you click into layout, you’ll be able to adjust where content is physically located in each slide. This definitely will keep your audience on their toes; finding new content and layout as you make it down to the home stretch and wrap up.
Microsoft PowerPoint presentations have come a long way since 1987. Now, they can find storage space and also presented on smartphones, tablets, and then beamed onto compatible devices; creating epic presentations. If you don’t have Microsoft PowerPoint, you can download the free Microsoft Office Suite and practice with PowerPoint today. If you’re looking for a more self-paced interactive online tutorial, check out our Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorials on our website — you can learn it anytime!
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