PowerPoint 2000: The AutoContent Wizard and Presentation Samples

Lesson 4: The AutoContent Wizard and Presentation Samples



By the end of the lesson, you should be able to:

  • Use the AutoContent Wizard
  • Use presentation samples as templates

The AutoContent Wizard

The AutoContent Wizard is a handy tool that allows you to create a presentation quickly. It provides 8 to12 slides you can customize by adding your own pictures and text. While the wizard is handy, keep in mind that the slides you create using it are fairly structured and don't allow for a lot of options.

To Use the AutoContent Wizard:

  • Click Start.
  • Choose Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • When the PowerPoint dialog box appears, choose AutoContent Wizard.
  • Click OK.

Choosing the AutoContent Wizard from PowerPoint Dialog Box

Using the AutoContent Wizard

The AutoContent Wizard provides step-by-step instructions for creating a presentation. Dialog boxes ask you to select the type of presentation you're going to give, how you want to use it, and what you want to name your presentation. After you've filled in all of the necessary information, click Finish. The first slide of your presentation appears.

First Page of the AutoCentent Wizard

Important Point You can also open the AutoContent Wizard from the PowerPoint window. Choose FileactionNew. Click the General tab. Choose AutoContent Wizard and follow the instructions.

A presentation created using the wizard

Below, in Normal view, is an example of a business plan presentation created using the AutoContent Wizard. Note that the left pane contains suggestions for information you might want to add to each slide.

Business Plan

Using presentation samples

You can easily use the Auto Content Wizard to create presentations. Another option is the presentation samples found under the Presentations tab. The difference is that while the wizard directs you step by step through the creation process, the Presentations tab allows you to choose the sample you want. Options include Business Plan, Certificate, and Marketing Plan.

To create a presentation using a sample:

  • Choose FileactionNew.
  • The New Presentation dialog box appears.
  • Click the Presentations tab.
  • Choose the presentation sample that best meets your needs.
  • Click OK.
  • The first slide of the template appears for you to add text.

Business Plan Selected in New Presentation Dialog Box

Important Point Did You Know? The Office Assistant (OA) automatically appears when you use the AutoContent Wizard. To hide the OA, right-click it and choose Hide.


  • Open PowerPoint.
  • Choose the AutoContent Wizard.
  • Follow the wizard's instructions and create a presentation.
  • Don't save your presentation.