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PowerPoint Basics

Learn basic tips on how to create a Power Point presentation.

Keep It Simple

PowerPoint presentations are designed to serve as a guide or as a background image. Keep in mind the following tips when adding content to your PowerPoint:

  1. Select an appropriate layout.
  2. Do not clutter each slide with words. 
  3. Add bullet points to convey the main points on each slide. When presenting, you can verbally elaborate on each bullet. 
  4. Use images and text on slides 
  5. Limit the amount of animation (movement of elements on the slide) and transition (how the slides change into the next) styles. Do not alternate between transition styles on each slide. Even though transitions can make your presentation more interesting, the key is to be consistent.
  6. Use high-quality graphics that are the right size for your presentation. Small images that are stretched larger will get fuzzy, and low-resolution images just look bad at any size. Using high-quality graphics will make your presentation seem more professional.
  7. Insert charts to represent quantitative data
The video tutorial below walks through adding slides, custom backgrounds, insert and manipulate images, insert WordArt and text, adding animations and transitions, and saving as both presentations and PDF files.

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