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Creating a Presentation with PowerPoint 2007

Benefits of using PowerPoint in lectures:

Creating a New PowerPoint Presentation

  1. On a PC, click on the Start menu and select All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.
  2. PowerPoint opens with the first slide displayed blank. Select the layout for your presentation by clicking the Design tab.
  3. The most commonly used design themes will appear in the center. To preview more design options, click the down arrow.
  4. Tip

    To preview a theme, in Normal view hover your mouse (do not click) over the theme and view your slide.

  5. Select a theme.   Clicking it will apply the theme to all the slides in your presentation.
  6. The theme you picked will automatically create a title slide for your presentation. Click in the appropriate areas on this first slide to type your title and subtitle.

Creating a new slide

  1. To create a new slide where you can add content, click the Home tab and select New Slide.
  2. Clicking the dropdown arrow next to New Slide will give you different new slide options.
  3. When you've found a slide layout that works, double click it to add it to your presentation.
  4. Click in the various areas of the new slide to add text or images.


Each item on a PowerPoint slide is defined by a border around it. Items can be moved, resized, or reformatted in many ways by clicking on them, and they can be copied, pasted, or deleted at any time. This makes it easy to adapt slides to specific content.

Save your presentation

  1. Choose Office Button > Save As.  Give the presentation a name and be sure to save it in a location where you can easily find it later.


It is a good idea to save your presentation often as you are working on it.

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