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Help With Microsoft® PowerPoint® Assignments

Introduction

Microsoft® PowerPoint® software is used widely in business and education to create visual presentations to accompany live speaking.

Table of Contents
Using Microsoft® PowerPoint®1
Creating Your Best Work in Microsoft® PowerPoint®2
Details You Should Know4
Submitting Your Microsoft® PowerPoint® File5

Using Microsoft® PowerPoint

Microsoft® PowerPoint® software is widely used in business and education to create slides to accompany live presentations. Microsoft® PowerPoint® files contain slides that are presented sequentially, most often by means of a computer running the software connected to a projector. Microsoft® PowerPoint® is the software used to create slides, organize them into a slideshow, and present them.

* When used in a live presentation, the presenter uses the mouse button, the spacebar, or the arrow keys to advance to the next slide.

* To help make the slides more interesting, Microsoft® PowerPoint® provides a number of visual styles and themes so that all slides can have a similar look.

* Each theme or style accommodates a number of slide types in the form of empty slide templates, which may then be populated with content. Among the many templates are title slides, bullet-point slides, slides with spaces for images, and so on.

* In addition, the creator can control transitions between slides and other simple animations, such as having bullet points appear one at a time instead of all at once.

* Space is provided in the presentation file—not visible to viewers—where presentation or speaker notes can be stored for the presenter to refer to as he or she is presenting. Because Online Campus students cannot usually give their presentations to the class, speaker notes are often required as part of online students’ submissions in lieu of actually giving the presentation. (See Creating Your Best Work in Microsoft® PowerPoint® below.)

* Additional media, such as images, sounds, and video clips, may also be inserted into slides as part of the presentation.

* Audio files can be inserted with presentations, and slide transitions can be timed to the audio file to make it independent of a live presenter.

Microsoft® PowerPoint® Software Tips and Tricks

* As you work with Microsoft® PowerPoint® to build your slideshow, review your work regularly to make sure it looks and works like you intend it to. Become familiar with the Slide Show mode and use it to view your presentation file often to see what it will look like to viewers.

* Save your work often—every 5 minutes or so. If a file becomes corrupted, or if your computer crashes, you will only have the last 5 minutes of work to re-create.

* Take advantage of the built-in templates and styles provided by Microsoft to make your presentation look professional.

* Be consistent in the use of slide transitions and other animation features in Microsoft® PowerPoint®. Inconsistency in transitions and the display of information can distract from the content of your slides.

Help with Microsoft® PowerPoint®

For help in using Microsoft® PowerPoint®, click the Help tab in the University of Phoenix eCampus website and search for the keywords PowerPoint helps.

You may get additional help using Microsoft® PowerPoint® by clicking the Help or Question Mark button located in the upper left corner of the Microsoft® PowerPoint® window (Microsoft® Windows®) or pull down the Help menu and select PowerPoint Help (Apple® Macintosh®).

Creating Your Best Work in Microsoft® PowerPoint®

Simply placing content into a Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation does not guarantee quality. Like any form of communication media, Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations can be of high- or low-quality, depending on knowledgeable use of the software and its purpose. The tips and suggestions in this section will help you...
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