This Microsoft Office Powerpoint book is not a point-for-point review of all PowerPoint’s functions. Instead it is more task-oriented, so you will be able to perform the tasks for which PowerPoint is normally used.
Basically, PowerPoint cannot do anything apart from making presentations, so the book will be about how you put up your slides, and how to add text, graphics, charts, pictures and video clips.
You will also learn how to work with animations, so the presentations can become livelier. To ensure that your message does not drown in colours and effects, you will also receive some good advice on presentation skills along the way. A good presentation does not only depend on making an impressive PowerPoint presentation.
If you have not worked with Microsoft Office PowerPoint before, I recommend that you read the entire book from one end to another. You can then use it as a reference, since I have tried to arrange the book in a logical manner, so you can quickly find a chapter that deals with a problem similar to the one you must solve.
If you already have a lot of experience with Microsoft Office PowerPoint, you can probably skip some of the first sections if you want to get to the more advanced features.
Microsoft Office PowerPoint is the program that helps you sell your message. PowerPoint is a presentation program that can create beautiful slideshows with text, images, audio and video, and it is also the program that is used if you have to make transparencies for the overhead projector.
PowerPoint is the program in Office 2007 that is easiest to learn. You can instantly create nice-looking material for your sales pitch, your lecture or the screen in your shop window. PowerPoint can do much of the work for you, so you can concentrate on formulating your messages properly.
Microsoft office PowerPoint does not make great demands on your computer. Your results will therefore depend more on thinking about how you want to present your message.
In this book we will be working on a presentation that we continually put different things into, but that does not mean that you cannot skip some of the exercises if you have already mastered the topic. Each exercise starts with a new slide in the presentation exercise.
When I ask you to "click" on something, I mean a click with the left mouse button. A double-click is two quick clicks with the left mouse button. If I want you to click with the right mouse button, I call it a "right-click".
Buttons and menus that you can/need to click are always written with underlined font. This means that when you see underlined text, you should be able to find something similar on the screen that you can click on.
Now we are ready to start the program and look at the all the exiting stuff!