There it sits in the middle of the PowerPoint window: a big, blank slide. "Click to add title," says the text on the screen. It sounds easy, but you've never done this before, and the blank canvas is daunting.
Yet you have to start somewhere.
In this lesson, get comfortable with typing onto slides, arranging text, adding new slides, andnavigating in the PowerPoint window. Then see how to prepare notes as you create the show, to refer to when you present.
[pic]. In the slide pane, type text directly onto the slide, within the placeholder.
[pic] On the left is a thumbnail version of the slide you're working on. This area is the Slides tab, and you can click the slide thumbnails here to navigate among slides.
[pic] The notes pane.Type notes that you'll use when presenting. You can drag the borders of the pane to make the notes area bigger.
The window that first opens in PowerPoint has a big working space in the middle, with smaller areas around it. That middle space is the slide area, officially called the slide pane.
Working in this space, you type text directly onto the slide. The area you type into is a box with adashed border called a placeholder. All the text that you type onto a slide resides in a box like this.
Most slides include one or more placeholders for titles, body text such as lists or regular paragraphs, and other content such as pictures or charts.
Use the Slides tab, the area on the left where the slide thumbnail is, to add new slides.
[pic] Right-click the thumbnail that you want the newslide to follow, and then…
[pic] …click New Slide on the shortcut menu.
When PowerPoint opens, there's only one slide in the show. It's up to you to add the rest. Add them as you go or several at a time, as you prefer.
There are multiple ways to insert a new slide; you'll see all of them in the practice session.
For now, here are two quick methods for adding a slide. On the Slides tab in theleft of the window, either
• Click the slide thumbnail that you want the new slide to follow, and then press ENTER.
• Right-click the slide thumbnail that you want the new slide to follow, and then click New Slide on the shortcut menu.
Type text such as lists into a body text placeholder.
[pic] The body text placeholder is usually positioned below a title.
[pic] Itsdefault formatting is a bulleted list. At the end of a paragraph, press ENTER and then TAB to get to the next level of indent down.
The picture shows text typed within a body text (as opposed to a title) placeholder. This placeholder typically has five levels of text indents available, each with its own bullet style and ever-reducing type size. You'll rarely need so many indents, but PowerPointoffers them.
If you don't want a bulleted list, select the placeholder by clicking its border. Then click the Bullets button [pic]. Other buttons on the Formatting toolbar, such as the Center button [pic], are handy for positioning text.
The indent buttons, such as Decrease Indent [pic], help you position text at the right level of indent, and you can also use keyboard methods.
Automatic textfit If you type more text than fits in the placeholder, PowerPoint reduces the text size to fit it all in. You can turn this behavior off, if you prefer.
You'll work with this and other aspects of text in the practice.
Ways to navigate:
[pic] Click the slide thumbnail…
[pic] …to display that slide, or…
[pic] click the Previous Slide or Next Slide button.
Once you have several slides inthe show, you'll need to move among them as you add content. Here are three good ways to do that:
• Click the slide thumbnail on the Slides tab to display that slide.
• Next to the slide, at the bottom of the scrollbar on the right, click the Previous Slide or Next Slide button.
• Press the PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN key.
The process of writing notes.