PowerPoint Helps Newbies
Have you ever sat in a seminar, lecture or even just standard meeting and wowed at the presentation being given by the speaker? Typically they will have compiled their slides using Microsoft PowerPoint, the world's most popular presentation creation application.
Available as part of the Microsoft Office suite, alone or even free (in stripped-down form) via Microsoft Office Live (or its variants), PowerPoint can be used to create complicated, detailed presentations. But who wants a detailed or complicated presentation?!
Most of us want to enjoy a presentation for what it should be - a summarized dissemination of the facts. "Death by PowerPoint" is a common complaint among those watching a speaker's first ever presentation, and the secret to avoiding the risk of boring your audience is to keep things simple, sticking to the basic rules of building a presentation in PowerPoint.
If you're new to PowerPoint you can quickly get to work in a matter of seconds after launching the application. A blank template (also available by pressing CTRL+N) will be revealed, prompting you to enter a title and optional subtitle in the title slide.
This is easily done simply by clicking into each field and typing the title that you want to use.
Once the cursor is flashing, enter the title. You will notice that the four corners and four sides are given handles when the field is active. These boxes can be resized and dragged around the slide, while the green handle at the top of the title field can, when left-clicked, be used to rotate the text.