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Jan's Working with Presentations


Lesson Objectives

  • Learn what a presentation is.
  • Learn the parts of the PowerPoint window.
  • Work with different views.
  • Learn the ribbon, its tabs and buttons, and what they do.
  • Learn the parts of a slide.
  • Open and close PowerPoint.
  • Learn to configure PowerPoint settings.
  • Run an existing presentation.
  • Edit a presentation - change slide order, change text, add and delete slides, copy slides.
  • Create a presentation from blank slides.
  • Use the Slides and Outline views.
  • Add and edit notes.
  • Use Spell Check.
  • Use Print Preview.
  • Print with different page layouts.

What is a presentation?

A presentation is a set of slides, generally in outline format.  Presentations are used most often to accompany a speech. However, a presentation can also be set up to run all by itself. You can print the slides in several different layouts.

PowerPoint window showing several slides

The example above has one title slide and four content slides, shown at the left of the PowerPoint window.

In this first project the presentations that you will create are just plain text. Adding the pretty stuff is in the next two projects.

What you need for a slide show

To show a presentation to a large group you need a screen, a computer, a projector, and the correct cable to connect the computer to the projector. Of course, for just a couple of people, you could have them gather around your computer's monitor screen. But for four or more, you need to shine your presentation onto a wall or a large screen. That's just what PowerPoint is about!