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Microsoft Powerpoint

Let me begin this article by stating that I love Microsoft Powerpoint. It is by far one of the fastest and easiest ways to create a slideshow(either for professional use or for educational use). Powerpoint offers a wide array of slides, fonts, colors as well as animations and sound effects that can be added to the slide in order to highlight important ideas. PowerPoint also allow you to access the internet from within it making it an truly invaluable software. Hopefully at the end of this article you would have learned about the cool features within PowerPoint.

Basics of PowerPoint

The basic layout of PowerPoint is simple: it offers you a blank slide with a title box and subtitle box. These two boxes can be used for introductions or simply as a cover page for the presentation. Though the(title box and subtitle box) are not your only options you can also change the layout of a particular slide by clicking on the layout drop bar. The Layout drop bar is located underneath the home tab at the top of the PowerPoint screen. Also, under the home tab you will find: font options, paragraph options, drawing options and editing options. All these option will automatically apply to the slide that you are currently on.

Drawings, you say!?!

Yes, drawings though I am not as familiar with these options, I can however give you a quick overview of this tab. Drawings allow you to place specific shapes within your slide. It also allow you to add shadow effects to the text box.

The next tab over from the home tab is the Insert tab. The insert tab allows you to place tables, graphs and charts within your slide(for professional or education use). The insert tab also allow you to add video and audio features that can create an amazing slideshow.

The next tab is the design tab which allows you to pick the background design of the slide you want. Some are colorful and cheery others and dark with sharp angles that cause people to focus on the words of the page.

The next tab is one of my favorite: Transitions. From one slide to the next this tab allows you to add effects to the slide(whether you want the slide to fly in from the right or left or however you would like). There are a lot of different options that you can explore.

If Transition deal with how the slide appears, then it would be safe to say that Animations deal with how the words within the slide appear. Similar to its big brother(transitions) animation allow you to control how the words show up.

The slide show tab, allows you to control the timing and rehearsal of the slide show. This allows you to give more important slides more time and other slides less time if need be. This is also one of the more complicated tabs.

The review tab gives you the power to review the quality of the work presented in the slide show. Whether you choose to use the dictionary or spell check option, you can depend on this tab to help keep your slide professional.

Finally the view tab allows the user to view the presentation in various different settings. The advantage of Powerpoint is it allows you to see the presentation from the audiences point of view.

The best way to find out how to use this program is to actually use the program. Trial and error with this program is completely allowed and anything you do within it, can be undone.


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Thanks for the insight! I have never put one together but will sometime soon.

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