How to Design a Simple PowerPoint Presentation

If you want to pleasantly surprise your professor at the lesson, you can create Power Point slides for your class presentation. If you want to make your presentation stand out among the other presentations prepared by your group mates, you have to follow certain guidelines. This article will provide you with comprehensible directions on how to make your presentation outstanding and memorable. So, let us get it started.

PowerPoint Slide Design

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Making First Steps

As you open MS Power Point, the first thing you will see will be a blank slide at the center of the window. There you will notice a space for a title and a subtitle (there will be two boxes - a smaller one at the top and a bigger one at the bottom). Actually, this is the first page, from where you can start creating your presentation. It is not obligatory to fill in the two boxes and provide the title and the subtitle - you can actually delete them and place any text wherever you like. Do not oppress your creativity with the templates.

Just for you to gain better understanding of how this thing works, I will type "Title" in the title box and then replace the subtitle field with a graph from my document. To write text in one of the fields, you simply have to click inside the box and start typing.

Organizing Slides

The "subtitle" field is designed for typing in text. If you do not want to insert text in here, then remove the box: click on its edge (it will thus become highlighted) and then click "delete" on your keyboard. If you want to provide a picture on the slide, click on "Insert" located on the menu bar and select "Picture" from the list. When uploading pictures, make sure they are saved on your computer. If you will need to run your presentation from a flash drive, then make sure to copy the picture to your flash drive because otherwise your slide will be blank.

If the picture you have uploaded is too big (and it takes up the space of the whole slide), you can easily make it smaller by dragging it with the pointer.

Adding New Slides

Now that you have designed a perfectly looking title slide for your presentation title, you can add more slides for the body of your presentation. Look at the menu bar at the top of the page, click on "Insert" and then choose "New Slide" from the list. As soon as you click on it, you will see a blank slide that looks somewhat different from the title one. Here you will notice new markers for the fields, so such structure will help you organize the slides. At least, you will know what information you can place there. However, as in the previous example, you are free to use your imagination: you might as well delete the fields and organize the slide the way you want.

Bullet Points and Paragraphs

It is really convenient to organize the text in forms of bullet points or separate paragraphs (preferable brief paragraphs). Such layout of slides helps your target audience to perceive the information without confusion. Actually, there is already designed bullet points format on some slides. However, you are always free to add bullet points or delete them any time you want with the help of menu bar.

The bullet points are organized automatically. After you have written the first point on the list and then pressed "Return" on your keyboard, the next bullet point will automatically start.

Designing your Slides

Your slides will look rather plain if you have just text. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to add some design to the slides. You can change the color for the font or background to make it more attention grabbing and professionally looking.

After you have typed the text and prepared the core information for your slides, go to menu bar, click on "Format," and then click on "Slide Design." There you will see possible options of what your slides can look like. You can actually apply numerous designs to see how your presentation will look like after completion and only then choose the best one. After you have agreed on design, do not forget to save the document to accept the latest changes.

Try to Watch Your Slide Show

Preview the presentation you have created with the Slide Show option. Click on "View" and then on "Slide Show" on the menu bar. Your presentation will appear straightaway. To navigate the changing of slides, use arrows on the keyboard or click with the mouse. To return from slide show mode, click "Esc" on the keyboard. As you see, creating a presentation is not a challenging task.

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