Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorial

Microsoft PowerPoint is a powerful program that helps the user create a professional, clean-looking presentation or proposal. Many businesses and education systems have come to accept this program as their standard for showcasing information. However, if a user wants to create a presentation and doesn’t know how, the task can be daunting.

Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorial 2Luckily, there are many PowerPoint tutorials available online that can be really helpful in creating a presentation. The user can find a myriad of tutorials online to try. Microsoft PowerPoint even comes included with information on how to get started. But getting started shouldn’t be too scary.

To start a presentation, open PowerPoint. Click the File tab and select Backstage view. Select the option New from the menu on the left-hand side. Then simply choose a Blank Presentation or a theme. The presentation will appear on the screen. PowerPoint will present a blank slide that is now an empty canvas for the user to change according to preference. Any boxes on the slide are called placeholders. The user can customize the text in these placeholders or even delete the placeholders if they wish. In one placeholder, there are several thumbnails which give the option of adding different content to the slide, such as a photo, clip art, shape, video, or link from the internet. If the user does not like the placement of the placeholders on the template they have chosen, a new layout can be selected.

Microsoft PowerPoint TutorialWhen a new presentation is started, only one slide will be loaded. To add a new slide, select the Home tab. Then click New Slide. From there, the user can choose a selected layout that fits best with the presentation. The text on any slide can be customized according to the user’s liking. Before any new text is added, simply select the current text. Delete this text and type the new text in the box. This text can be sized according to the user’s wish and the font is changeable as well.

To move from one slide to another, PowerPoint has an option of adding transitions between slides. A transition is a special effect to move from one slide to another. One example is fading from one slide to another. Adding transitions to a slide can give the presentation a more polished, professional look and keep the audience entertained.

One great feature of PowerPoint is the ability to add a photo from any source. This customizable feature gives a professional, simple look to the presentation and makes the slideshow look more polished. To add a photo, click the Insert tab then click Pictures in the Images group. Once the dialog box appears, locate the desired image file and click Insert. The picture will open on the currently selected slide. From there, the user can resize as they wish.

PowerPoint is a relatively easy program to understand, but if a user needs some help understanding how to run the program, there are free tutorials online available. Once a few simple tasks are learned, a user can create a presentation that is impressive and professional.


Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Review

Now currently the world’s number one presentation software, Microsoft PowerPoint is becoming a necessary addition to any computer. The upgrade of PowerPoint 2010 is no different. This upgraded version includes many new features that are user-friendly and professional.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 ReviewOne fantastic feature is the ability to insert videos from various sources. With PowerPoint 2010, the user has the option to insert a video directly from a file. Many users wish to add a video to a presentation to captivate the audience and create more depth. Having the option to upload a video directly from a file is a genius feature. In addition to adding a video from a file, a user can insert a video from an online source. This means that any online video with an available HTML code can be embedded into a slide. It is an extremely convenient feature that makes it quick and painless to add an important video to a slide. In addition to adding an embedded video, the user can also edit an embedded video. Oftentimes, a user needs to do this because a full video is not necessary. This feature on PowerPoint makes it easy to share a simple video.

Also included in this version is the ability to turn any presentation into a video. Previously, if a user wanted to show a presentation, it would have needed to be shown on a computer with PowerPoint installed. Being able to turn a presentation into a video opens up the possibilities to show it in different ways, such as on a TV or uploading the video to YouTube.

Perhaps one of the most important features of this version of PowerPoint is the option to customize the Ribbon bar. When this was released in the 2007 version, some users thought the Ribbon needed much improvement. With this update, users can create a customized tab for features that they use more than others. This saves time and space when a presentation is created and is a wonderful tool for busy people who don’t like the clutter. In addition, any customized Ribbon can be imported or exported to any computer, making it more convenient for the user to create presentations on the go.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Review 2Another fantastic feature is the option of grouping slides into sections. This is important with long presentations when the presenter needs to skip between topics. Now, this can be done seamlessly without having to skip through many slides. This is another fantastic feature to make any presentation seem more professional and put together.

Also included in this upgraded version are improved graphic features, such as the ability to crop out the background of a picture and to merge shapes. This makes adding a customized graphic easier than ever.

Although there have been many features added to PowerPoint through the years, this version for 2010 is their most important upgrade yet. With so many features and tools that make it increasingly easier for users on the go, the program is becoming an important addition to any home office.