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When you open PowerPoint you will see a screen that looks like this:

And really PowerPoint is as easy as that. The Set Up of PowerPoint

1) On the left side of the screen, you will see a small pane, with two tabs: The Outline Tab shows the text that is on each slide in an outline format. An outline is generated in every presentation based on the text you type into each slide. If you like, you can also add or edit text in this outline pane. The Slides Tab shows thumbnails of each slide. You can change the order of the slides by clicking and dragging a slide to a new location. Selecting a slide in either mode will immediately display that slide in the main window. You can also scroll through the slides using the scroll bar on the mouse to go up and down through the slides. 2) In the center, is the slide you are working on.

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Let's create a sample presentation.

1) In the main window, where it says Click to Add Title, click and type My Presentation. 2) In the section below that where it says Click to Add Subtitle, click and type By Me You could have just one slide in your presentation, but for the full effect let's add another. In the top right of the ribbon is a section called Slides. 3) Click on the New Slide icon--the white square with a star (we'll look at all of the options shortly). A new slide will appear and it will look like this 4) Where it says Click to add title, click and type Page One. 5) Where its says Click to add text, click and type, this is the Best Presentation Ever! 6) Next, click the Insert Tab (Next to Home at the Top) and select Clip Art. A pane on the right will open. In the box that says Search for, type number 1 and click Go. 7) When the pane populates with pictures, select the 3rd one on the left (the yellow ball with its finger up). The picture will be added to your presentation. Okay, you have two slides. We'll now make it four slides. Click on Slide #2 in the left pane. Up in the Ribbon, on the left side, you will see a pair of scissors. Just below that is two pages (copy). Click on that. Next, click on the clipboard that says Paste. A new slide will be added under Slide #2. Click Paste again, and a fourth slide will appear. 8) Click on the slide next to the #3 in the left pane. It will change in the window, but it will look the same. 9) Click on the word One. Dotted lines will appear. Delete the word One and type Two. 10) Click on the picture and Delete it. Then click on the blue ribbon. It will be added. 11) Click on the slide next to the #4 in the left pane 12) Click on the word One. Dotted lines will appear. Delete all the words and type The End. Click on This is the best presentation ever! And delete the text. Type Thank you. 13) Click on the picture and Delete it. Okay. Now let's watch your slide show. Click the F5 key (above the numbers on your keyboard.) Your first slide will appear. Click your mouse anywhere (or press the Enter Key) and it will move to the next slide. Keep clicking to get to the end. Ta da! Note: The arrow keys navigate back and forth through the slides.


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On most new pages, you will see these six icons. They are shortcuts for inserting these various items directly. As you mouse over the icon, it will highlight and you can click to Insert. They are: Tables, Chart and SmartArt and Picture, ClipArt and Media (video or audio). We'll talk about all of these shortly.


Welcome to the new look of PowerPoint 2007. The blue part across the top of the screen is called the RIBBON. The 7 tabs across the top of the ribbon (HOME, INSERT etc.) are general areas. When you click on one of them, their subcategories will fill the ribbon. But the most important question is: HOW DO I SAVE? In the top left of the screen you will see this large circle with the multi colored squares. It's called the BUTTON. When you click on it, the following window will drop down. As you can see, it contains all of the most basic commands: Open, Save, Print, etc. There is also a list of recently opened documents. Most of the items are simple to use. For a New Document, click NEW. To open a folder click OPEN.


Print Preview is in the Print menu. If you move your mouse over the Print icon, a new window will open with three options. Just select Print Preview to Preview. Click Close Print Preview to close the preview and return to your document. And to EXIT PowerPoint, click Exit PowerPoint.

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North Brunswick Public Library Advanced PowerPoint Often, you will be printing handouts for your presentation. PowerPoint offers many different options for printing. In Print Preview, you can determine which best suits your needs. On the top it says Print What: with a drop down menu. You can scroll through the options to see what the printout will look like. The most popular ones are 3 slides per page and 6 slides per page (9 slides per page tends to be too small). Also, if you have typed notes, the Notes Pages can be printed for you to read while you present. You can print directly from here by clicking Print. The Print Window will open with your selections filled in. OR You can also select changes directly in the Print Menu. At the bottom left, select the type of printouts you would like: Handouts, Slides, Notes or Outlines. Slides is one slide per page. Handouts allows you to choose how many per page in the drop down to the right. Notes Pages will be the Notes at the bottom of your Slide. Outline is the outline from the Outline Tab (more on that later).


SAVE AS calls up a new menu with a couple of options on it. Hold your mouse over SAVE AS to access this menu. The two most common functions will be the first and third ones:

PowerPoint Presentation. This will save the file in

PowerPoint 2007 format, which can only be opened on other PowerPoint 2007 computers. This is the same as clicking the little disc at the top of the screen. The file will be saved in .pptx format.

PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation. Clicking this will save your file in a PowerPoint 2003 compatible format. If you save the file this way, you will be able to open it on any computer with either Word 2003 or Word 2007. The file will be saved in .ppt format. You can save a file in both formats if you like.

When you save the documents, they will show up in your folder with the above icons next to them to help you distinguish between them.

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North Brunswick Public Library Advanced PowerPoint You can also save directly as a PDF format which is very useful for creating files that cannot be altered.


With Office 2007, any of the changes you may make from Font to Color to Style will automatically be Previewed for you. Highlight any text or even a whole document. Then roll over any of the options and the screen will change to show you what it will look like. Click on the option and it will take effect, move your mouse away and it will go away.


At the top of the screen is a Quick Access Toolbar. You can customize this with whatever icons you use most. They are mostly familiar from Word 2003. Save is the disc. Undo is the blue arrow. By clicking on the arrow at the right, you can add whichever icons you like. The most frequently used options are listed when you click that arrow. But near the bottom is More Commands. By clicking on this, it will open a new window full of virtually every command you can think of. The drop down at the top lets you select ALL COMMANDS. This lists hundreds of things you can add, like Cut, or Columns or Find, or even Strikethrough. We'll go through all of the Tabs in a moment, but first we're going to look at the pop-out features.


At the bottom right of many of the subsections, there is a tiny square with an arrow. If you click on that little box, a menu will open up allowing you to do many of the detailed features that you were used to from PowerPoint 2003. Three of them are in the HOME Tab: Font, Paragraph and Drawing. The Fourth is on the DESIGN TAB: Background. The next page shows what each of these pop-outs look like. But most of the items on these pop outs can be done through the ribbon.

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If you can't stand that ribbon, you can make it go away. Click on the arrow to the right of the Quick Access bar and on that drop down menu, select Minimize the Ribbon. When you minimize the ribbon, you are left with just the Tabs. If you click on any of the Tabs the ribbon will come back and let you do anything. Once you click back in your document, the ribbon will go away again. Uncheck Minimize the Ribbon to have it show up again.


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Okay let's look at the Tabs. The first Tab is HOME TAB. The first section is the Clipboard, where we've looked at Copy and Paste. The next section, Slides, allows you to insert a new slide. From the bottom: Delete allows you to Delete the current slide. Reset returns all of the settings on that slide to Default (in case you changed them). Layout is worth looking at.


Any slide can be changed at any time. And, regardless of the layout you choose, you can override it while you are working with the slide. Having said that, these pre-designed Slide styles are designed to give you a quick and easy layout for the most common Slides available for presentations. You have already seen the first one, Title slide. You have also seen Title and Content. The rest are variations on those themes: either two small windows for content, or a Title only, or even a blank one. But as I said, whatever Layout you choose, you can change it to however you would like while you are working on the slide.


The Font section lets you do all kinds of Font modification. You can see the Font style and size. The A's that are next to the Font Size (44) are automatic increase (large A) and decrease (small A) of the font size. The double A with the small white square quickly clears the text of any formatting (Bold B, Italics I, Underline U, Strikethrough abc, Shadow S (adds a shadow to text), text Spacing AV (lets you put your own spacing between letters), Change Case Aa or color A). Speaking of Change Case. This icon allows you to automatically change the style of the highlighted text. Options are Sentence case; lowercase; UPPERCASE; Title Case and tOGGLE cASE (which automatically changes what you have to the opposite) SHORTCUT for this: to change the case of your text from UPPER to lower to First Letters Capitalized, highlight the text with the mouse, then hold down Shift and click F3 to cycle through these options.

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Whenever you highlight text (one word or a whole paragraph, or even a whole document), a faint box will appear above your mouse. If you move your mouse toward the box, it will reveal itself to be a small toolbar, giving you quick access to most of the text effects. Change the font, the color, Bold or Italicize. The changes will affect everything that is highlighted. You can also access this toolbar by right clicking. It will pop up automatically.


The Paragraph subsection lets you: (in the first row) add bullets or numbered bullets. Change the Indents (the arrows) or the line spacing (the up/down arrow icon). The bottom row is text alignment (left, center, right or justified). The two columns icon allows you to set up columns. On the right side, the A with the down arrows allows you to change the direction of your text. You can rotate it or stack it. The middle icon lets you change the vertical alignment of the text in your boxes. The bottom one is SmartArt, which we will look at shortly.


Smart Art is slightly more sophisticated shapes, designed for charts and graphs. When you select it, a new Smart Art Tab opens and a menu opens. Select the style you want. (A preview shows up in your slide). After you click OK, your SmartArt will appear in your document. It will give you a box to type text in, which will then fill in the boxes you have chosen. Once you have finished, the Design Tab is the default. With it, you can change the Layout if you don't like it, you can change colors. You can even add a new box (or whatever shape you have chosen. You can also add Page 8 of 20 ©North Brunswick Public Library November 2008

North Brunswick Public Library Advanced PowerPoint bullets by clicking in the Add text window (this will also add a new shape). In the left corner, you can add a new shape to your art. Add Bullet puts a bulleted list in your presentation next to your art. Text Pane opens a small pane where you can look at just the text you have typed. Some people find it easier to keep track of their content this way. LAYOUTS lets you cycle through your art styles quickly. And SmartArt Styles cycles through various looks of the Art you have chosen. And of course, the change color wheel lets you change the colors. The Format Tab lets you manipulate the color scheme to a greater extent, including changing the way letters look, and what kind of shadows you would like.

On the left: Change shape lets you change one of the Art shapes into something else. Shape Styles lets you change the outline, the color, or even add effects like shadows or rounded corners. The WordArt Styles section lets you modify the text into various styles. And with just these few things I changed my blue gears into this thing


The INSERT TAB allows you to insert things into your Slides.

The first section allows you to insert a Table


Tables are useful for creating charts, or grids. Simply click on the Insert Tab. Tables is right below. A pop up menu will let you decide the number of vertical columns and horizontal rows. Just drag your mouse over the number of cells you want. Once you click, it will insert the table into your document where your cursor is.

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North Brunswick Public Library Advanced PowerPoint You can also do the calculating work by selecting Insert Table.... A new window asks how many cells you want to create. Or, by using the Draw Table feature you can "draw" your own....the pencil allows for boxes within boxes. You can always adjust the height and width of each table if you put your cursor over a line and the line turns into a double arrow. When you click on your table, a new Tables Tools Tab lights up. The Design submenu allows you all kinds of modifications to the look of your Table. The styles section shows pre-designed colors and shadings. The Table Style Options on the left allows you to change specific aspects of the Table. And the Shading and Borders buttons do just what they say.

The Layout submenu allows for more specific alterations of your table: adding or deleting rows, merging cells, changing text direction and sorting. The next submenu is Illustrations. From here you can insert Pictures (from your hard drive or a disc), Clip Art (as we did), Shapes (more on that in a moment), SmartArt, Charts (more on those) or a PhotoAlbum.


Click the Insert Tab and click Picture (right below it). The Insert Picture window will allow you to choose a picture from somewhere on the computer. Once the picture is inserted you can change the size or position of the picture. If you click on the picture, the Picture Tools Tab will appear in Red and circles will appear on the corners and sides of the picture. If you click and hold on one of those circles, you can drag the box to make it bigger or smaller.

If you select the PICTURE TAB Format you can adjust the strength of the picture with the Brightness and Contrast levers, Recolor lets you change the color of the picture. Compress attempts to fit the picture into your slide. Change picture puts a new picture in the same formatting as the current picture. And, with a new feature, you can use the Picture Styles to frame the pictures, or change the shape of the pictures or even add shadows. Just click on the down arrow on the right side of Picture Styles to see all of the selections.


INSERT Tab, Illustrations Submenu. Shapes: A menu drops down with many shapes to choose from, (a fraction of which are shown here). Most are self explanatory.

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North Brunswick Public Library Advanced PowerPoint Choose the shape you want. Move your mouse to the document. Click and drag your mouse to place the shape where you want. If you click off and click back on you can resize your shape by dragging the bubbles at the ends. A Drawing Tools Tab opens, in this you can add more shapes or change the color or style of the shape. And also change text styles. You can Add Text to any shape either by right clicking on it and selecting Edit Text or, in the Drawing Tools Tab on the left side is a small box with an A in it. That is the Add Text box. You can then type in the shape, and the text will, for the most part, fit into shape. You can always make the shape bigger to accommodate the text.


Inserting a photo album is a very easy way to create a Slide Show of your favorite pictures. Click Photo Album And select New Photo Album. Since your photos will be on a disk, select Insert picture from File/Disk. A window will open where you can select pictures from. Navigate to your pictures. When you get to the page with the pictures you want, you can select as many as you want. You can either: Use the Select All Shortcut [Ctrl +A] to select all the pictures. OR Click and drag to highlight all of the pictures. OR Click on the first picture you want and then hold down the SHIFT key and select all of the pictures from point A-B OR Click on the first picture, hold down the CTRL key and click on the selected pictures you want. Once you have done that, click Insert. The previous window reopens. You can insert a blank slide by clicking NEW TEXT BOX. You can also click to have all your pictures in Black and White. The icons below the preview pictures allow you to make small changes to the pictures: Brightness, Rotate. In the bottom half you can change the Picture Layout (more than one picture per sheet) Change the Frame shape (with borders and shapes) and even select a Theme (this will make your slideshow uniform in style. When you are ready click Create and your new slideshow will be created.


The Text submenu allows you to add text to any slide. Click on Text Box and click anywhere in your slide. A small box will appear with a blinking cursor. You can type anything in that box, and adjust it by moving

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North Brunswick Public Library Advanced PowerPoint the circles on the sides. (To adjust the look of the text box, the DRAWING TOOLS TAB will open, allowing you to change the color of the background and foregrounds, etc),. You can also insert a Header & Footer (see next section), Word Art, Date & Time, Slide number, or an Object (which is anything from a Word document to a PDF.) Or a Symbol (see below).


Click on the Insert Tab and select Symbol (all the way to the right). The most common symbols will open in a small box. If you don't see the one you want, click on More Symbols. A new window will pop up which is a grid of every accented character and symbol that this computer can print for you. As you scroll up and down the right side, the text will be grouped together with similar letters. When you see the one you want, click on the character and then click the Insert button. The character will appear where your mouse was. You can also change the Font that these characters are in. New items will appear in the boxes as you change fonts. If you just want to type these characters without using this chart, keyboard shortcuts for accents are somewhat easy to do. Hold down the ALT key and type the following numbers on the numbers only keyboard section (on the right side of the keyboard). The grid also shows shortcut keys. Some are easier than others!

COMMON SHORTCUTS: Á --ALT+0193 É --ALT+144 Í --ALT+0205 Ó --ALT+0211 á --ALT+160 é --ALT+130 í --ALT+161 ó --ALT+162 Ú --ALT+0218 ü --ALT+129 Ñ --ALT+165 ñ --ALT+164 ¿ --ALT+168 ¡ --ALT+173 º --ALT+167 to indicate degrees.


Unlike other programs, the Headers & Footers section in PowerPoint is pretty self-contained. You are more limited here than in other programs. When you click Header & Footer you get this box. On it you can check to add a few options to the bottom of every slide: Date and Time (which you can modify to your liking). Update automatically means that every time you open the presentation it will update to reflect that date. Slide number is the number of the slide. Footer is whatever you may want to type at the bottom. And Don't show on title slide leaves that information off Page 12 of 20 ©North Brunswick Public Library November 2008

North Brunswick Public Library Advanced PowerPoint the first slide. Apply to All will apply what you did to every slide. Apply will apply it only to the Slide you have open (so you could have a different footer on each one).


WordArt allows you to use preset designs to create fancy word shapes. When you click on the A, a new window pops open showing the templates that you can use. When you select the style you want, a new box opens in which you type your message. Your text will then appear on the document, and a new Word Art Tools Tab will open up. Using this you can change the style of lettering, the color, the angle of the letters, or even if you want the text to be vertical rather than horizontal. And Media Clips on the end, allow you to add Sound files or Movie Clips to your presentation!


The Design Tab is where you can set up the look of your slides. The first option on the left, Page Setup is where you can change the orientation from Landscape to Portrait, or you can change the dimensions of your slides (from Letter to Legal, etc). You can also change the starting number of your slides...instead of starting at one it can start at ten if you want. Slide Orientation is the quick way to switch between Portrait and Landscape. Themes are the big feature of this Tab. You can click on any of the pictures in that group. The arrows on the right provide more styles to choose from. Anything you pick will appear in your slides and give each slide that look. You can download more for free from Microsoft Online by clicking More Themes from Microsoft Office Online... The Colors button maintains the style of the Slides but changes the color palette. Fonts change the themes for the entire presentation. Effects offers subtle background and other style changes. Background Styles allows you to change the overall look of the background on the styles (mostly it adds textures to the colors). Hide Background Graphics removes lines and colors that clutter the slide.


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North Brunswick Public Library Advanced PowerPoint Animations are the best and worst part about PowerPoint. A well placed animation can add pizzazz to your slideshow. Too many can be a nuisance and can actually slow you down if you end up in a hurry. We'll start with the Transition to This Slide Section. Animations are the transitions that move from one slide to the next. The default Animation is None. (That's the first white square). The other 5 are the most frequently used Animations. Clicking on the slider on the right displays all of the other animations. If you put your mouse over each animation, it will preview in your window. If you select animation it will apply ONLY to the cell you have selected (as it transitions to the following cell). If you want the animations to apply to all of the cells, click Apply to All to the right of the pictures. (This applies to the sounds and speed below as well). The next three items: Transition Sound allows you to add sounds to your transitions. For the most part these are not advisable, but they can add punctuation (or fun) to your slides. The sound options are quite varied, but you cannot hear them on our machines without headphones. Transition Speed can slow down your transitions, although I don't know why you'd want to. On the right side, Advance On Mouse Click, will advance slides on Mouse Clicks or Pressing Enter. The Automatically After option allows you to advance slides automatically after a certain amount of time (a nice feature although you'd risk a lot by choosing this). On the left side, the Animations section is for animating text on individual slides. These animations have the text fade in or slide in. Again, mousing over each one will demonstrate. Clicking Custom Animation allows you to have more control over the types of animation you want. A pane opens on the right side. You can get very specific with the kind of animation you want to add. Entrance or Exit affects the way your text enters or leaves a slide. Emphasis emphasizes text either by size or even by spinning the text! Motion Paths lets you decide what direction you animation enters or exits. A lot of these customized animations are more trouble than they are worth, but you can experiment to see what you like.


This Tab allows you to modify the way you show your Slides. As I mentioned earlier, pressing the F5 key automatically starts your Slide Show.

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North Brunswick Public Library Advanced PowerPoint From the left, From Beginning starts your show from Slide #1. From Current Slide starts your show from whatever slide you are currently viewing. Custom Slide Show allows you to add or remove slides from your show (but leaves them in the project). Set Up Show opens a window that lets you customize your show. The options are quite sophisticated and I have never heard of anyone using them, but there they are. Presented by a Speaker is the default slide show Browsed by an individual simply places all of the slides vertically, sop you can scroll through the,. Browsed at a kiosk assume some kind of external advancing device. Loop continuously plays the slides over and over until you press the ESC key. Show without narration removes your external narration should you add one (see below). Show without animation will override all of the animation you have added. Without deleting them. Show slides lets you show only certain slides if you so desire. Hide slide removes the slide you are on from your Slide Show (but does not delete it). Record Narration allows an external narration to be added to the presentation. You need a microphone hooked up to your machine. You can record a narration for each slide. When you are done it asks you to save the timings which will automatically advance the slides to the times you advanced. Rehearse Timings lets you practice your slideshow. When you select this, a small clock will open on the top left of the screen. The White clock ticks how many seconds you are on that one slide. The blue clock shows the total time of your presentation. (You can pause if you need to). Each time you advance slides, the white clock will return to zero. At the end of the presentation the program will ask you if you want to save the time it took, which will automatically advance your slides according to the time it took you to practice. This will keep you on track, but will also get you messed up if you are interrupted.


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North Brunswick Public Library Advanced PowerPoint The left side offers Spell Check, and research.


Research allows you to do some simple research: definitions, spelling etc. There's also a TRANSLATION key as well. When you click on these a side panel will open. Type in any word you wish to look up or hold down the ALT key and double click on any word to find out the definition. The drop down menu that says All Reference Books lists all of the different resources available. Other things available include Encarta, Live Stock Quotes and Gale Company Profiles (!) For instance if you type in Microsoft, financial information will come up.


This feature is useful for seeing when you have edited a document and what you have done to it. It only works after you have saved a document first. So, after you have saved the document, click on the Review Tab. The Changes section has Track Changes. All of the changes you make will now be documented and you can compare versions of the document with the Track Changes menu. You can also highlight a word or phrase and leave a comment make changes to it. If you click on Track Changes, it will show you all of the changes that you make as you go through the document (a bit annoying actually).


In the center is the Comments option. When you click on that it leaves a little Post-It Note type object on the screen where you can type a comment for yourself.


Protection involves using Information Rights Software (IRM) that you have to download.


Presentation Views shows different views of your presentation. Normal is the way you have been looking at them. Slide Sorter shows thumbnails of all of your slides and allows you to move them around. Notes Page lets you add notes to the printout. When you click on this the bottom half allows for notes that go beyond what you included in your slide. These can be useful just for you.

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North Brunswick Public Library Advanced PowerPoint Slide Show starts the Slide Show. The Master Views let you change home the Template are designed. So if you always want your slides to look a certain way, you can change them here. Ruler adds a ruler and Gridlines add small boxes if you need to put things in a precise place. Zoom lets you increase the screen size without affecting the actual size of the document. There is also a slide bar in the bottom right corner that also zooms and reduces the screen size. Grayscale and Black and White open a new tab where you can select gradations of gray to replace your colors.


At any time, if you want to see available shortcuts, press the ALT key. Small letters indicating shortcuts will pop up next to what the short cut does, to activate the shortcut pres down the Alt key and press the letter. Also, if you put your mouse over an icon, if there is a shortcut it will display it in the description of the icon. Ctrl+M = Insert New Slide Ctrl+N = Open a new document Ctrl+O = Open an existing document Ctrl+S = Save a document. F5 = Begin the Slideshow Ctrl+A = Select All (used for cutting and pasting) Ctrl+P = Print a document.

Ctrl+Z = Undo the last thing you did (if you typed something or deleted something, it will Undo it). Ctrl+F = Will bring up a pop up window to help you find a word on the page. Simply type the word you are looking for and click Find Next. (This is also in the Edit menu, near the bottom) Further, if you want to replace one word with another, throughout the entire document, you can. Let's say you spelled Library like this: liberry. If you do Ctrl+F the Find/Replace window will pop up. Click on the replace tab. Type the word liberry in the top and library in the bottom. If you have many examples of this and you want to change them all at once, click Replace All. If you want to leave one like that for some reason, you can click Replace, and then click Find Next and then Replace and so on. Ctrl+C = Copy Ctrl+X = Cut Ctrl+V = Paste [If you use the CUT method it will remove the text entirely from the original document] Paste Special Paste Special gives you great flexibility in how you would like your document pasted, especially if it comes from a source outside of PowerPoint. Depending on what you want to paste, your options will vary. (A Windows metafile essentially treats text like a picture that you cannot edit). Also: Ctrl+B = Bold (on or off) Ctrl+I = Italic (on or off) Ctrl+U = Underline Ctrl+L = Left justify the text Page 17 of 20 Ctrl+E = Center justify the text Ctrl+R = Right justify the text Ctrl+J = To justify the text so it reaches each margin

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The right mouse button performs a lot of tricks that were covered above; however, if you prefer to use the mouse, they are handy here. If you have misspelled a word and right click on it, dictionary options will appear. If you right click on the text, the text box will highlight. Right click within the text box and many options will be available to you: Font, Animation, Bullets, inserting hyperlinks If you right click away from the text, you will have other options: A ruler or grid lines, And, when you right click, the Mini Tool bar pops up.


Adding a chart in PowerPoint is the same as in Excel. In fact, when you click to enter a chart, Excel will open in a separate window. It's a little complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it's not too hard. When you click on the chart icon, your screen will split in half with an Excel window opened. The sample information they provide is just a guideline. You can add the data as you see fit. The rest of the notes cover making a chart in Excel.

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North Brunswick Public Library Advanced PowerPoint You can turn any data into a chart with a simple method: We'll use a simple setup like this one. Highlight the data that you want in your chart.

In the left most section, click Change Chart

Type to select a different type of chart for your data.


When you click on your new chart a Chart Tools Tab will open on the Menu.

The Design section lets you change the Chart Layouts (where the data is put in the chart). And Chart Styles lets you quickly Change the Color Scheme. Move Chart Location lets you easily move it to another Sheet or Workbook. To move your Chart around on your sheet, just click and drag it.

The Layout Tab lets you change lines and styles (Format Selection on the far left). The Insert section lets you add arrows or boxes or text to your Chart. The Labels section allows you to change the way your data is displayed. Whether or not you want your text on the left or right or if you want the number listed on the chart etc. Trendlines and guidelines apply to certain charts. You have to experiment to see which styles allow which.

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The Format Tab lets you change the coloring of letters, as well as background colors and fancy shapes and bevels to the charts themselves. On this ridiculous example I have added curves, shadows and glow to make it quite ugly. You can also change the size of your chart with the inches at the right (or resize with your mouse by clicking on it and dragging the corner bubbles. And of course, any changes you make to your data at any time will affect your chart.

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