Working with Presentations
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Before you start... How these lessons work
These lessons are part of a set of tutorials in Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101. The tutorials cover Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, the web, presentations (where you are now!), and databases.
Who is this for?
The whole course is designed for people who are new to computers, but even old pros need a refresher from time to time. You might even learn something new, or at least be reminded of tips and tricks that you have forgotten.
Clearly, if you are reading this page in a browser, you already have some computer skills, or else you have a handy helper or instructor close by.
The Working with Presentations lessons will start with how to open and close a presentation. Then you will learn to use the various views of your work in PowerPoint. Once you know how to get around in PowerPoint, you can start learning about creating your own presentation, creating your own slides, running a slide show, printing your presentation, modifying slides, formatting slides, inserting and formatting images, adding transitions and animations, and transporting your presentation to a different computer.
The lessons do build on one another, so if you skip one, you may get confused later. Documents you create may be used in later lessons. Fair warning!
Each lesson has:
You might want to print the steps out if your monitor or resolution is small. It can be hard to read directions on the screen while you are trying to follow the directions!
You may can print just the parts you want. Select the part to print and either right click or go to the File menu and then the Print... command. There may be a choice in the dialog to print just the "Selection", depending on which browser and operating system you are using. This choice might be buried in Advanced settings.
To work with directions on the screen, you can switch between
the directions in the browser and the application window where you
are working by clicking on the taskbar icon or with the ALT + TAB key
combination. Or, if you are using a high resolution, perhaps you can size
your windows so that you can see both at the same time.
What you see may not match!
What you actually see on your computer may vary from what
is shown and described here. Things change quickly in the world of
computers. Don't let it fluster you!
The Step-by-Step sections will explain how to set the features that will affect how your computer responds to the directions. If your computer still does not behave as you expected, look in the Help for the program or ask your instructor or network administrator (or an experienced friend). That's why they are there! [Note: You may not be allowed to change some settings on classroom or network computers.]
The directions and images were prepared initially from PowerPoint 2002. The basic skills and approach are the same for other versions, even when the details change a lot.
If you don't find something that the directions refer to, it may not have been installed, for example, the design templates. Clipart may not have been copied to the hard drive. In such cases, you must have the installation CD in the CD-ROM drive in order to access the clipart or to install the templates. You can rerun the installation program to add features that were overlooked before.
The templates and wizards will not be the same in a different brand of presentation software and sometimes change between versions of the same program. There may not be anything even close for some wizards. But the techniques of how to work with a template or a wizard are the same.
You may need to stop before finishing all of the directions in a Step-by-Step section. Pay attention to what lesson page you are on when you quit. If you are sharing a computer, write down the page's address from the browser's address bar. If you are on your own computer, you can bookmark the page in the browser or Add it to Favorites. Bookmarks and Favorites on a classroom computer may not be there when you get back to it!
Some of the Step-by-Step exercises will have a Start with: line that tells you what the situation should be when you start the exercise. This can help when you had to stop before finishing the presentation. The steps build on one another, so don't try to skip steps even if you know how to do the skill being illustrated. Perhaps you'll learn a different way to accomplish a task!
If you were creating a presentation, don't forget to save it, or you will have lots to redo when you return to the computer!
Keep backup copies of ALL your work. The more, the better! Bad things happen to floppies, to files, and even to hard drives. It doesn't take much to make a file unreadable. And those floppy disks and USB drives slide around and out of sight far too easily sometimes.
The amount of detail in the directions and illustrations will decrease as you gain more experience.
~~ 1 Cor. 10:31 ...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~~