Creating a Presentation in Power Point: Visual QuickProject Guide

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PowerPoint is nearly ubiquitous in today's world--in business settings, of course, but in schools and universities, clubs and organizations--almost everywhere you turn. It's not a difficult tool to use, but the presentations people create in PowerPoint range widely in quality--dazzling or dull, enlivening or enervating. Now, to help users deliver high-quality presentations, even when they're short on time, is this smart, concise guide designed to take them from standing start to stellar finish on their first ...

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Overview

PowerPoint is nearly ubiquitous in today's world--in business settings, of course, but in schools and universities, clubs and organizations--almost everywhere you turn. It's not a difficult tool to use, but the presentations people create in PowerPoint range widely in quality--dazzling or dull, enlivening or enervating. Now, to help users deliver high-quality presentations, even when they're short on time, is this smart, concise guide designed to take them from standing start to stellar finish on their first presentations. Rather than cover every last option PowerPoint offers, author Tom Negrino steps readers through on a single, basic presentation, showing them the quickest, easiest, most effective way to communicate their ideas. Each short lesson builds a component of a basic presentation, from creating slides, formatting charts and tables, incorporating sound and video, creating transitions, and adding a bit of polish to their debut presentations. Friendly, step-by-step instructions and large, full-color screen shots make the information instantly accessible.

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Peachpit's new "Visual QuickProject" series targets those who find even the "Visual QuickStart" titles too complicated, or those who just want to accomplish one project without being distracted by their software's other capabilities. These full-color guides walk readers step by step through completing a common project via large labeled screen shots, large fonts, and minimal text. Creating a Presentation describes both PowerPoint 2003 (PC) and 2004 (Mac), delineating basic presentation creation. Later sections show how to create and print speaker notes and audience handouts, set up a projector, and save a presentation to a CD or web site. Creating a Newsletter demonstrates how to produce with InDesign CS a basic, four-page newsletter that includes a calendar, masthead, and graphic and text frames, followed by ways to publish the newsletter, including PDF, printouts, and preflight checks. Including a companion web site with sample files, Creating a Web Page nicely shows how to use Dreamweaver styles to format text and other ways to ease formatting issues, as well as the basics and more complex items like saving library items and templates. The section on publishing a site gives useful tips on adding search terms, fixing broken links, and uploading. Creating REsumEs covers four projects with Word 2003 (Windows) and 2004 (Mac): letters, resumes, business cards, and flyers. A companion web site provides sample files, articles, and reader comments. The resume section seems a little busier than others and could have been expanded; readers needing this basic advice might have difficulty modifying the example given to fit their needs. Appropriate for absolute beginners and technophobes, these volumes make the most sense for software like Word and PowerPoint; when it comes to more expensive packages like Dreamweaver, libraries may want to buy more thorough guides. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321278449
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 10/6/2004
  • Series: Visual QuickProject Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Macintosh expert Tom Negrino is a contributing Editor to Macworld magazine as well as the author of numerous books on software and technology. He is also a consummate presenter, frequently teaching and speaking at industry trade shows and conferences.

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Table of Contents

1 Explore powerpoint 1
2 Write your presentation 13
3 Gather image and sound files 23
4 Pick a design 35
5 Work with text 47
6 Illustrate your presentation 63
7 Make it move 81
8 Prepare to present 97
9 Deliver your presentation 107
10 Present everywhere 123
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