INTRODUCTION TO POWEPOINT. Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation program developed for the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS computer operating systems. Being widely used by businesspeople, educators, and trainers, it is among the most prevalent forms of persuasion technology: according to its vendor, Microsoft Corporation, some 30 million presentations are made with PowerPoint every day.
In Microsoft PowerPoint, as in most other presentation software, text, graphics, movies, and other objects are positioned on individual pages or "slides". The "slide" analogy is a reference to the slide projector, a device which has become somewhat obsolete due to the use of PowerPoint and other presentation software. Slides can be printed, or (more usually) displayed on-screen and navigated through at the command of the presenter.
Transitions between slides can be animated in a variety of ways, as can the emergence of elements on a slide itself. The overall design of a presentation can be controlled with a master slide; and the overall structure, extending to the text on each slide, can be edited using a primitive outliner. . Presentations can be saved and run in any of the file formats : the default .ppt (presentation), .pot (template) or .pps (PowerPoint Show).
PowerPoint presentations can be made into photo albums , complete with music or narrations , to distribute on CDs or DVDs. If you are in the sales field, it involves just a few simple clicks to add an illustrative chart of data or an organizational chart of your company's structure. Make your presentation into a web page for emailing purposes or as a promotion displayed on your company's website.
It is easy to customize presentations with your company logo and to dazzle your audience by using one of the many design templates that come with the programs. Many more free add-ins and templates are available online from Microsoft and a host of other websites. In addition to an on screen slide show, PowerPoint has printing options that allow the presenter to provide handouts and outlines for the audience as well as notes pages for the speaker to refer to during the presentation.
1.) Slide Layouts and Slide Types in PowerPoint . Each page in a PowerPoint presentation is called a slide . PowerPoint presentations run just like the slide shows of old, only they are broadcast through a computer instead of a slide projector. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you all the different slide layouts and slide types.
2.) Different Ways to View PowerPoint 2007 Slides PowerPoint has several different views to look at your slides. You can see each slide on its own page, or as several thumbnail versions of the slides in Slide Sorter view. Notes pages offers a place to add speaker notes below the slide, for the presenter's eyes only. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you all the different ways to look at your slides.
3. ) Background Colors and Graphics in PowerPoint . The only reason I can think of the keep your slides plain white, is for printing purposes, and there are ways to get around that. Add some color to the background to jazz it up a little. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you how to change the color of the background in a variety of different ways.
4.) Design Themes in PowerPoint . Design themes are a new addition to PowerPoint 2007. They work in a similar way as the design templates in earlier versions of PowerPoint. A really nice feature of the design themes, is that you can immediately see the effect reflected on your slides, before committing to a decision.
5.) Add Clip Art or Pictures to PowerPoint Slides . Pictures and graphics are a big part of any PowerPoint presentation. They can be added using the icon on the content layout slide types or simply by using the Insert tab on the ribbon . This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you how to use both methods.
6.) Modifying Slide Layouts in PowerPoint . Sometimes you like the look of the slide, but things are just not in the right places. Moving and resizing slide items is just a matter of clicking and dragging the mouse. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you how easy it is to move or resize pictures, graphics or text objects on slides.
7.) Add, Rearrange or Delete PowerPoint Slides. Just a few mouse clicks is all that is needed to add, delete or rearrange slides in a presentation. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you how to rearrange the order of your slides, add new ones or delete slides that you no longer need.
8.) Use Slide Transitions for Movement on PowerPoint Slides Transitions are the movements you see when one slide changes to another. Although, the slides are animated, the term animation in PowerPoint, applies to the movements of objects on the slide, rather than the slide itself. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you how to add the same transition to all slides, or give a different transition to every slide.
9.) Custom Animations in PowerPoint . Custom animations applied to key points in your presentation will ensure that your audience is focused where you want them to be.
Conclusion PowerPoint can help you develop, organize and present information. I find that developing materials in PowerPoint can be five times faster than developing materials in my word processor. Why? Because PowerPoint invites you to develop your material using bullets, lists, charts, and pictures whereas your word processor begs for complete paragraphs including introductory and conclusion sentences. With a word processor you end up writing more, reviewing more, and then summarizing more in order to deliver your presentation .
PowerPoint also helps you deliver a presentation because the slides act as your lecture notes. These notes keep you on course. Audience participants whose minds naturally drift away can use the slides to catch up to you in your presentation. Presenters who have a natural fear of speaking in public are comforted somewhat because PowerPoint draws the audience’s eyes more toward the screen, and away from the presenter. In this manner, the reluctant presenter does not feel quite as nervous. PowerPoint is also a great platform for presenting pictures and charts which plays into the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Of course, death by PowerPoint is an all-too-frequent occurrence at many conferences, and presenters should be mindful to avoid boring their audience to tears with dozens of slides. Presenters should also avoid building slides which contain complete sentences because this often results in the presenter simply “reading” the slides to the audience – a situation which always comes across negatively. As a general rule, use one PowerPoint slide for every five minutes of lecture.
In conclusion, PowerPoint is a great tool which helps you deliver information. As we have learned, PowerPoint is not only good for live presentations, but it also is useful for developing and delivering presentations through e-mail, the web and even the printed page.