PowerPoint is an excellent tool for presentations of any kind, either in the classroom or at a conference. A PowerPoint presentation is made up of a series of slides that can be projected (displayed electronically) or printed in a variety of handout formats. Our handout includes additional information on adding animations, charts, and transitions.
PowerPoint can be used for making conference posters — and many people do use it successfully — but we consider Adobe Illustrator a superior tool for this purpose as it is designed for creating high-quality print documents, whereas PowerPoint is designed for viewing on a computer or as a projected image.
This guide covers the basic tools in the newest version of PowerPoint (2016).
When you open PowerPoint, a new presentation is created with a Title Slide in place. To add a new slide, go to the Home Ribbon.
The new slide will be added after the currently selected slide.
Move between your slides by clicking on the appropriate slide icon in the left sidebar, or use the double arrows at the bottom of the right scrollbar.
You can always change the layout by going to the Home Ribbon and clicking on the Layout icon. If content is already on the slide, you may need to move things around a little.
While you are in the Slide Show View, advance your presentation by pressing the Spacebar on the keyboard. To go back a slide, use either the left or up arrow key on your keyboard. In PowerPoint you can navigate to any slide by:
Instead of a list, PowerPoint gives you the option to see all of the slides as thumbnails while in the slideshow.
To exit your presentation (and return to the editing view), press the esc key on the keyboard.
This handout provides a hard copy of this guide and may be useful to you.