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Power Point Presentations. “A how to primer”. Start with a “blank presentation”. Instructions 1. Launch (or open) power point. 2. Close the office assistant, if it appears

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Power point presentations

Power Point Presentations

“A how to primer”


Start with a blank presentation

Start with a “blank presentation”

  • Instructions

  • 1. Launch (or open) power point.

  • 2. Close the office assistant, if it appears

  • 3. Select the blank presentation. This will allow you to select the type of slide you want to begin with. This presentation will model a sampling of some of the slides.


Choice of slides

1. You can select the first choice which is the first slide used in this show.

2. You can select the second choice which is the second slide used in this show.

3. You can select the third choice which is the third slide used in this show, and is the slide you are viewing as of right now.

4. You will want to experiment using different slides.

Choice of Slides


Selecting types and sizes of fonts

Selecting types and sizes of fonts.

Types and sizes of fonts can be accessed directly from the tool bars or by selecting “Format” from the tool bar and then selecting “Fonts”. Some examples are …

1. New Times Roman, size 24 <-- this text

2. New Times Roman, size 32 <-- this text

3. Arial, size 28 <-- this text

4. abg , size 28 <-- this is Symbol (Greek) text

5. Courier New, size 24 <-- this text


Inserting a text box

Inserting a text box

This text you are reading is inside of a text box that was inserted into this slide. To create the slide, “New Slide” was selected from the common task list (though you could select “insert” from the tool bar above and then select “New Slide”). The slide selected here is the second to the last on the version of power point used to create this slide show. As you can see it only has a title box on the top and nothing below. To get this text box, “Insert” was selected from the tool bar followed by the selection of “Text Box”. This produces an arrow which can be moved to the position where you want to begin drawing the text box. To draw the text box hold down the left mouse button and drag it.


Using clip art

Using Clip Art

Inserting clip art is easily done by selecting “Tools” on the tool bar and then selecting “AutoClipArt”. There are different categories of clip art which include pictures, sound, and videos. The bulls eye on the right came from the clip art files contained within the version of Power point being used here. You can import files from other sources too.


Using word art

Using Word Art

Using Word Art

The Word Art tool creates text effects by inserting a Microsoft drawing object into a slide. In this version of Microsoft Office (Office 98) to use word art, select the Word Art tool from the drawing toolbar. The symbol for Word Art on the Draw (drawing ) toolbar looks like a three dimensional letter A and is blue in color. The above Using Word Art drawing was done using Word Art selected from the Draw Toolbar.


Using bullets

Using Bullets

  • Often a list of items does not require a numerical ordering because there may be no priority or importance related to the items to be listed since they may be of equal importance. As an example consider the following listing.

  • Bold Form of type

  • Italicized form of type

  • Underlined form of type

  • Shadow form of type


Send to back bring to front

Sending an object to the back.

Select object on slide.

Select “Slide Show” from tool bar.

Select “Custom Animation”.

Select “zoom out”.

Bringing an object to the front.

Select object on slide.

Select “Slide Show” from tool bar.

Select “Custom Animation”.

Select “zoom in”.

Send to back & Bring to front


Using auto shapes

Using Auto Shapes

Auto Shapes are found on the “Draw” toolbar

In this example we have a rectangle

which was selected from the tool bar.

Just by clicking on this shape after it is drawn

allows text to be added as shown here.

Clicking on this box also allowed

access to colors and lines so the

background color could be changed


Using background fill

Using Background Fill

If no text box is highlighted you may change the background color of the entire slide by …

1. Selecting “Format”.

2. Selecting “Background”.

3. And choose your color choice.

4. To change the background color of the individual text boxes and the text itself go on to the next two slides.


Using background fill1

Using Background Fill

Directions Using background fill (for individual text boxes)

1. Select the object you want to change.

2. Select “Format” on the toolbar.

3. Select “Colors and Lines”.

3. Under Fill, click the Color box, and then click Background.

4. Be sure that text color is not the same.

5. To see text color selection go to the next slide.


Selecting the text color

Selecting the text color

To select the color of the text so it does not conflict with the background color follow these steps.

1. Select “Format” from the toolbar.

2. Select “Slide Color Scheme”.

3. Select “Custom”.

4. Choose what you want to change the color of such as the text and choose the custom color you want to use.


Slide transitions

Slide Transitions

Slide transitions allow for some fancier means of moving information onto the screen as a slide comes up. Click your mouse button to get the next info to appear.

1. Select “Slide Show” from the toolbar.

2. Select “Slide Transition”

3. Pick the choice you want and the speed at which you want the Transition..

4. The transition used here is a called a “Fade through black”.

5. When you are finished with this slide click the mouse button to end the presentation or use arrows to move back through presentation.


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