How to make a basic presentation
What is PowerPoint | Getting Started | Inserting Pictures & Adding More Slides | Some Buttons You'll Need | Transitions | Animations
What is PowerPoint? PowerPoint is a computer version of a slide show. You create a set of
"slides" that have pictures, words, sounds, etc... that appear as you click the mouse. As you give
your oral presentation, you click through the slides instead of holding up a bunch of posters. You
can print out the slides so your audience can focus on your presentation instead of furiously
copying information...You can include digitized video/audio from the Internet (or digitize part of
a VHS tape), and you can use pictures (scanned or copied from a website). DO NOT FORGET
TO CITE SOURCES!!! Much of the material on the Internet is copyrighted, but can be used in
student presentations if cited.
Getting Started: When you open PowerPoint, you'll see a window with 4 choices:
Choose "template" and click OK.
You'll see a set of designs to choose
from. Use the arrow keys
or mouse to scroll through
Find one that you like,
Be careful---you'll need
high contrast between the background and the words for it to show up well on the TV/projection
Then you'll see a set of possible ways to organize information on your slide.
The first choice is usually the best for
your title slide.
Unless you want to add clip art, don't
choose the slides with the person's head
drawn in a box.
Don't choose one with the boxes to make
a map or a graph unless you really know
what you're doing.
Once you've chosen a layout for your slide, you just have to click and type.
Insert a Picture: Click on your slide. From the Insert menu, choose Picture --> From File, and
find the picture file on your disk or network folder. Don't try to insert your picture into a clip art
box -- you'll distort your picture.
Add Your Next Slide: From the Insert menu, choose New Slide, or use control-M.
Some buttons you'll need:
In the lower left of the screen is a little toolbar with 5 very important buttons:
The middle button lets you see all the slides in your show. You can click and drag to change the
order of the slides. You can click a slide and hit the "delete" key to get rid of a slide. You can
double-click a slide to work on it.
The last button starts the slide show. Click your mouse to advance slides. Use the "esc" key at
the top left of your keyboard to get out of the slide show. Right-clicking on the slides during a
show brings up a menu you can use to skip around in the show or to activate the pen to draw on
The first button lets you work on individual slides. Use the scroll bar at the right to scroll
through slides, like scrolling through a Word document.
Sprucing It Up
You can easily add fancy transitions between your slides. You can also make the text/pictures
enter the slide differently.
On the Slide Show menu, choose "Slide Transistions". You'll see a window that lets you choose
what kind of transition. When you choose different transitions you'll see an example of the
transition as the "dog" slide changes to a "key" slide. You can make it play a sound as the slide
changes. You can also set the slide to change after a certain amount of time instead of on your
mouse click -- not a good idea when you're first learning to use PowerPoint.
You can also set the words & pictures to enter the slide differently. On the Slide Show menu,
choose "Custom Animation". You'll see a window that lets you set the effects with which each
piece of text or picture enters the slide. You can also add sounds here.