PowerPoint presentations provide a chance to present information in a creative way. These presentations can really have a big impact because they can engage the audience in a number of ways. You can even include sound, videos, and movement in your slides. PowerPoint presentations are wonderful preparation for the career workplace.
Watch this video to view a PowerPoint 2013 Basic Tutorial.
Step 1: Launch the PowerPoint program
You can launch the PowerPoint program by clicking on All Programs, then Microsoft Office, and finally PowerPoint. If you are using a Mac computer, click here.
Step 2: Choose a design
After you have launched (opened) PowerPoint, you're ready to choose the design for your slides. Click on the Design tab (red arrow below) to see the designs that are available and click on one that you like. You can also find additional designs online.
Step 3: Create the title page slide
PowerPoint is very intuitive to use. It will 'tell' you how to do things, so don't be afraid to click, explore, and try new things. To create a title page slide, just click on the big slide where it tells you to (red arrow below). The 'Click to add title' will disappear as your typed letters fill the space. Creating the rest of the slides in your presentation is much the same process.
Step 4: Add more slides
Now you're ready to add more slides to your presentation. Simply find 'New Slide' in the toolbar (red arrow below) and click on it. Another way to add a slide is to move your mouse over an existing slide and right click. This will pull up several options for you, including add slide, duplicate slide, delete slide, and so on. Remember to experiment!
Step 5: Add charts, pictures, graphs, etc.
Charts, pictures, and graphs bring your presentation another level of interest and credibility. Hover your mouse over the text box and click on the icon of the chart, picture, graph, etc. you wish to add (red arrow below). Remember, even in a PowerPoint, you need to use APA to properly cite your sources.
You can add speaker notes to your PowerPoint slides so that you can refer to them while giving your presentation. Many assignments at Rasmussen University require the use of speaker notes, and this is great practice for presentations you may do out in your chosen field. Visit the Microsoft Office website for step by step instructions on how to add speaker notes to your slides.
Step 7: Review and edit