Welcome to Tuesday! Today I’m going to give you my tips and tricks on how to use Microsoft PowerPoint. I had created a very cool video for you, but it turns out I can’t add videos unless I upgrade. 😦 I don’t have the money right now to upgrade, so if you want to watch it, click here.
Anyway, keep reading…
So to start things off, you will have to click the PowerPoint icon on your computer.
The icon may look like the icon at the right. When you click on the icon, you will have to let it load. Sometimes this takes awhile depending on when the last time it was opened, and other times Windows just likes to be slow.
Once the program finally loads, you will see a screen that contains many different themes or templates. The theme I chose for this demonstration and for the video I made is called “Main Event.” Go ahead, and pick a theme, but don’t worry you can always change it later.
When you choose a theme, your new PowerPoint will be opened. You will have a screen that looks something like the picture below.
This first screen is known as you Title slide. Go ahead, and add a title. Some like to have titles that are similar to what the PowerPoint will be about.
After you add a title, you’re going to want more slides, right? At the top of the screen, you will see a row of different functions. There should be one labeled “Insert.” Click that. You will get even more functions, and one of the first ones in the row will be labeled “New Slide.” If you click the top part of the box, it will add another slide that has the basic slide set up – title box on top and a large text box on the bottom. If you click the lower half of
the “New Slide” box, you will get a drop-down menu of different slide setups. You could also try pressing ctrl + m on your keyboard. That will add a slide, usually in the basic setup, but it may also add a slide with the setup that is the same as the previous slide. I know this trick works with Windows operating systems. It is probably something different with Apple and iOS.
Go ahead, keep adding slides until you have all the information that is needed for your PowerPoint. You can always go back and add slides where needed later, if you have to. To add a slide in the middle of your PowerPoint, click the slide that would be before the new slide you want to add. Then add the slide.
Now, I know what your thinking, “A PowerPoint with just words is just…”
To add pictures, go back up to “Insert” and click “Pictures.” This will open up a file explorer on your computer. Doing this will add pictures to your PowerPoint directly from your computer. To add pictures from the internet, right click on the picture you want to add. From the drop-down menu, select “Copy Image.” Next, go back to your PowerPoint, and right click, then select “Paste.” You can also press ctrl + v on your keyboard to paste things as well. This trick will also work in Microsoft Word and Excel. This trick works on WordPress, too.
If you watch the video I made, you’re probably wondering how I changed slides and how I made those pictures and words fly in from all different directions. The pictures were manipulated like that by adding animations. Adding animations is easy. At the top, click on “Animations.” Make sure you have the picture or words you want to add the animation to clicked on or highlighted.
Once you have the item selected, you can add an animation by clicking on the drop-down menu. At the bottom of the drop-down menu, there are other options. If you click one of those options, you will get even more animations that you can use in your PowerPoint.
If you have seen or are planning on watching the video I have made, the way I changed slides is very interesting. Those are what you call transitions. Adding them is similar to adding animations to pictures. First, make sure you are on the slide you want the transition on. Then go up to the top and click “Transitions.” There will be another drop-down menu. There are many different transitions you can choose from. To add one, just click the one you want.
I guess after you have your facts, pictures, and your fancy things done, the only thing left to do is to present it. That is probably the easiest part in all of this really. Go up to the top and click on the “Slide Show” tab. On the left-hand side of the screen, you will see some functions. The first one will present your PowerPoint from the beginning. The second function will present your PowerPoint from the current slide you are on.
The most important thing is to SAVE!!! So many times I’ve forgotten to save and I’ve lost everything. I don’t want that to happen to you guys. So, please remember to save. Go to the “File” tab, and click that save button. To can also click on the floppy disk in the upper left corner of the screen.
Please remember to SAVE. If you have any questions about today’s DIY/ How To please let me know in the comments below. Again, if you would like to watch the video I had planned on posting here, click here to be brought to the video on Youtube. As always, TTNF!