PowerPoint offers three ways to create a presentation: Blank presentation, From Design Template, or From AutoContent Wizard.
The Blank presentation option is one of the more commonly used methods. It offers several blank slides, with layouts for text and graphics.
As you work on your presentation, think about the type of layout you want. Do you want a slide with text and lots of clip art, or one with text and a chart? PowerPoint offers several layout options.
You can also click on the slide layout to apply it. Notice that the slide you are currently working on has a dark border in the Outline pane.
Once you choose a layout for your slides, you can begin adding text, graphics, and other elements. This is done with placeholders—special places within a slide where you can add content.
You'll learn about inserting clip art and other graphics into placeholders later in this course.
You can save, close, and exit presentations in PowerPoint just as you would with other Microsoft applications.
Once you've finishing working on your presentation, you can quickly close it.
Before you exit PowerPoint, make sure to save any work you want to keep.
After you have closed one presentation, you can easily start a new one while PowerPoint is still open by using the traditional new file creation method.
Remember, if your task pane disappears from the right side of the screen, click ViewTask Pane.
In this series of challenges, you will prepare a presentation about where you learn. This presentation can contain facts about the city or town where you learn and the place you use GCFLearnFree.org (home, library, learning center, Internet cafe, etc.).
Important reminder: If you are using a public computer—like one at a library or learning center—you may not be able to use the same computer each time. It is important to understand the policies on saving documents to public computers. Some places do not allow you to use floppy disks or USB flash drives due to the risk of computer viruses. Ask someone in charge of the public computers where you are. If you are unsure how you will keep a recent copy of your work, you can always email a copy of the document to yourself when you finish working on it.