How to Create a Simple PowerPoint Presentation

These steps let you add titles, text, designs, and images

You can make your next classroom or office presentation stand out by creating slides in PowerPoint. This tutorial gives simple directions with pictures to show how to make an easy presentation. Click on each image to see a full-sized view:

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Getting Started

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When you first open PowerPoint, you'll see a blank “slide” with space for a title and a subtitle in different boxes. You can use this page to begin creating your presentation right away. You can put a title and subtitle in the boxes if you want, but you could delete the boxes and insert anything you want.

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Creating Slides

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Here is an example of a title in the “title” box, but instead of a subtitle, there's a photo in the subtitle box.

To create this, click inside the “Title” box and type a title.The “subtitle” box is a container for inserting text, but if you don't want a subtitle there, you can get rid of this box by clicking on one edge to highlight it and then hitting “delete.” To put a picture into this space, go to "Insert" on the menu bar and select "Picture." Choose a photo from your saved photo files in locations such as "My Pictures" or a flash drive.

The picture you select will be inserted onto the slide, but it may be so big that it covers the entire slide, which confuses a lot of people. You can select the picture and make it smaller by grabbing the edges with your pointer and dragging.

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New Slide

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Now that you have a title slide, you can create more presentation pages. Go to the menu bar at the top of the page and select "Insert" and "New Slide." You’ll see a new blank slide that looks a little different. The makers of PowerPoint have tried to make this easy and have guessed that you’d like to have a title and some text on your second page. That's why you see “Click to add title” and “Click to add text.”

You can type a title and text in those boxes, or you can delete them and add any type of text or object that you like by using the "Insert" command.

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Bullets or Paragraph Text

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A title and text have been inserted in the boxes on on this slide template. The page is set up to insert text in bullet format. You can use bullets, or you can delete the bullets and type a paragraph.

If you choose to stay with the bullet format, type your text and hit "return" to make the next bullet show up.

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Adding a Design

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Once you have created your first couple of slides, you might want to add a design to your presentation. Type the text for your next slide, then go to "Format" on the menu bar and select "Slide Design." Your design choices will show up on the right side of the page. Click on the different designs to see how your slide would look in each format. The design you select will by applied to all your slides automatically. You can experiment with the designs and change them any time you want.

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Watch Your Slide Show

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You can preview your slideshow at any time. To see your new creation under way, go to "View" on the menu bar and select "Slide Show." Your presentation will appear. To move from one slide to another, use the arrow keys on your computer keyboard.

To go back to design mode, hit your “Escape” key. Now you have enough experience with PowerPoint to experiment with other features.