Create A Presentation From Scratch

Creating a presentation from scratch allows you to start from a blank presentation and add the necessary slides and other formatting features little by little.

To create a blank presentation, from the opening dialog box, click the Empty Presentation radio button.

 

Practical Learning: Save A Presentation

  1. Start StarOffice

  2. On the main menu, click File -> New -> Presentation

  3. On the AutoPilot Presentation dialog box, click Empty Presentation and click Next

  4. From the New Slide dialog box, make sure the Title Slide is selected and click OK

  5. Click the Click To Add Title line and type Alcoholism

  6. Click the Click To Add Subtitle and type Ralph Antonis

  7. To add another slide, on the main menu, click Insert -> New Slide...

  8. Make sure the Bulleted List button is selected and click OK

  9. Type Definitions

  10. Press Ctrl + Enter and type Alcoholism

  11. Press Enter and type Intoxication

  12. Press Enter and type Disease

  13. Press Enter and type Who is an Alcoholic?

  14. To add another slide, press Ctrl + M

  15. On the New Slide dialog box, make sure the Bulleted List button is selected and click OK

  16. Type Drinkers: An Analysis

  17. Press Ctrl + Enter and type Gender Differences

  18. Make sure you are in Normal View. On the left side of the screen, click on the right side of Gender Differences

  19. Press Enter and type Drinking Among College Students

  20. Press Enter and type "Time Out" and Alcohol "Myopia"

  21. Still on the left side of the screen, click on the right side of Analysis

  22. Press Enter and type Cultural Differences

  23. Press Enter and press Tab.

  24. Type Regional Differences in the US

  25. Press Ctrl + End to get to the end of the presentation

  26. To insert another slide, press Ctrl + Enter

  27. Type Social Problems

  28. Press Enter and press Tab

  29. Type Driving Under the Influence

  30. Press Enter and type Crime and Violence

  31. Complete the slide so that its content will look as follows:

    Social Problems

    Driving Under the Influence
    Crime and Violence
    Homicide
    Assault and Other Crimes of Violence
    Suicide
    Alcohol and Violence

  32. Create another slide with the following contents

    Conclusion

    Information and Resources
    Forum - Exchange - Discussion
    Final Words

  33. Click the Slide Show button.

  34. Using the scroll buttons on the vertical scroll bar, scroll to slide 2.

  35. Click any item on the bulleted list, for example, click Intoxication

  36. Press Ctrl + End to move the cursor to the end of the slide.

  37. Press Enter and type Alcoholism As A Disease

  38. Press Enter and type Primary Diagnosis

  39. Press Enter and type Treatment

  40. Save the presentation as The Alcoholism Factor in the MS PowerPoint Exercises folder.


 

Promote and Demote Text

If some text inside of a slide is too important and should constitute its own slide, you should make it happen. In the same way, the header of a slide might not be suitable as its own slide and would rather fit inside of another slide, you can include it accordingly. To make a bulleted item inside of a slide become the header of another slide, you promote it. When making a header text become an item in a bulleted list of another slide, you demote it.

You can promote or demote items in the Normal View, the Outline View, or the Slide View.  

 

Practical Learning: Save A Presentation

  1. Make sure you are still in Normal View.
    On the main menu, click View -> Toolbars -> Outlining

  2. On the left side of the view, on slide 2, click Alcoholism.

  3. To promote it as its own slide, on the Outlining toolbar, click Promote Promote

  4. On slide 5, click Assault.

  5. To demote that bulleted item, on the Outlining toolbar, click Demote .

  6. Position your mouse on the bullet of Homicide on slide 4 until the mouse pointer becomes a cross

  7. Click and drag right. Notice the vertical line that guides you.

  8. When the line moves to the right,



    then release it.

  9. To promote the Assault bullet to the same level with Homicide, click Assault.

  10. Press Shift + Tab

  11. Click the Slide View button.

  12. On slide 5, click the bullet of the Suicide line to select the line

  13. Press Tab to demote the Suicide line.

  14. To save the presentation, press Ctrl + S


 

Apply A Design

The quickest way to assign a fancy background to a blank presentation is to assign one of the designs that ships with Microsoft PowerPoint. These are good and already formatted designs ready to complete a presentation with an already configured set.

To assign one the designs to a presentation, in Normal View, Slide View, or Outline View, right-click an unoccupied area of the slide and click Apply Design Template.

The designs are generally stored in two folders: Presentation Designs and 1033.

 

Practical Learning: Save A Presentation

  1. On the main menu, click Format -> Apply Design Template...

  2. Make sure the Design Templates folder is displaying in the Look In combo box. Click Soaring
    If you are using Microsoft PowerPoint 97, click Blush

  3. Click Apply

  4. To view the presentation, on the main menu, click View -> Slide Show

  5. View the whole presentation by clicking to move to various slides until the end.

  6. To save the presentation under a different name, on the main menu, click File -> Save As...

  7. In the file name, type Alcoholism1

  8. Make sure the MS PowerPoint Exercises is displaying in the Save In combo box. Click Save.

  9. Click the Slide View button.

  10. To apply another design, right-click on the slide and click Apply Design Template

  11. Click the arrow of the Look In combo box and select Templates.

  12. In Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, double-click 1033
    In Microsoft PowerPoint 97, double-click Presentations

  13. In 2000, double-click Business Plan
    In 97, double-click Business Plan (Standard)

  14. To view the presentation, click the Slide Show button and view the whole presentation.

  15. To save the presentation under a different name, press F12 to call the Save As dialog box.

  16. In the File Name box, change the presentation name to Alcoholism2

  17. Click Save.


  

Format Text

When creating a presentation, Microsoft PowerPoint assigns a font related to the method used to create the file. If you use the AutoContent Wizard to create a presentation, the sample you select preset font characteristics. If you create a blank presentation, the application has a default font that will to the presentation. If you change the Slides design of a presentation, each sample has its own set of features that include the font. But at any time, you can change the font to suit your own taste.

You format text on an individual slide, one slide at time, or all slides at the same time. To change the font, use the Formatting toolbar or the Font dialog box.

 

Practical Learning: Text Formatting

  1. With the Alcoholism2 presentation still opened, click the Slide View button.

  2. Triple-click Ralph. That selects the whole name.

  3. On the Formatting toolbar, click the arrow of the Font combo box and select Tahoma (if you don't have Georgia, select Arial).

  4. Click the arrow of the Font Size combo box and select 36.

  5. Right-click Alcoholism and click Font...

  6. From the Font dialog box, change the font to Georgia (if you don't have Georgia, select Garamond)

  7. Click the Bold Font Style.

  8. Change the Font Size to 72.

  9. In the Effects section, click the Shadow check box.

  10. Click the Color combo box and select More Colors...

  11. From the Colors dialog box, click the Custom property sheet.

  12. Set the color to Red: 255, Green: 255, Blue: 0.

    Colors Dialog Box

  13. Click OK

  14. Click OK.


 

Background Design

Only a blank presentation doesn't have a designed background. When you create a presentation using the AutoContent Wizard or if you assign or change a presentation's design, a nicely formatted background is assigned to the slides. You can change and design a slide's background anytime or change the presentation's design manually in no sample suits your particular needs.

To design a particular slides background, you should be Normal View, in Outline View, or in Slide View. Microsoft PowerPoint ships formatted lists of preset colors. You can use one of these or design your own from scratch.

 

Practical Learning: Background Design

  1. To open an existing presentation, on the main menu, click File -> Open...

  2. On the open dialog box, click the arrow of the Look In combo box and select My Documents.

  3. Double-click MS PowerPoint Exercises

  4. Click The Alcoholism Factor

  5. Click Open

  6. To save the file as a new presentation, on the main menu, click File -> Save As...

  7. In the File Name box, type Alcoholism3 and click Save.

  8. Click the Slide View button Slide View Button.

  9. Make sure you are in slide 1

  10. On the main menu, click Format -> Background...

  11. From the Background dialog box, click the combo box and click Fill Effects...

  12. In the Colors section, click Two Colors

  13. Click the Color 1 combo box and select More Colors...

  14. From the Colors dialog, click the Custom property sheet.

  15. Set the color to Red: 255, Green: 159, Blue: 19. Click OK.

  16. Click the Color 2 combo box and click More Colors...

  17. Set the color to Red: 91, Green: 61, Blue: 30. Click OK.

  18. In the Shading Styles section, click From Corner.

  19. In the Variants section, click the button on 1st column - 1st row. Click OK

  20. Click Apply.

  21. Scroll to slide 2.

  22. Right-click inside of the slide and click Background...

  23. Click the combo box and click Fill Effects...

  24. Click the Texture property sheet.

  25. Click the White Marble (2nd column - 2nd row).

  26. Click OK

  27. Click Apply To All


 

 

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