Working with Presentations
PowerPoint 97 - 2003

Title: Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101

Did you want: Working with Presentations: PowerPoint 2007,2010,2013,2016 or español

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.

What's covered?

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!

Where you are:
JegsWorks > Lessons > Presentations

Before you start...

Project 1: PowerPoint Basics
    Getting StartedTo subtopics 
    InterfaceTo subtopics
    CreateTo subtopics
    PrintingTo subtopics
    ExercisesTo subtopics

Project 2: PowerPoint Formatting
    Design Issues
    TemplatesTo subtopics
    Transitions & AnimationsTo subtopics
    ExercisesTo subtopics

Project 3: Advanced PowerPoint   
    OutlineTo subtopics
    ImagesTo subtopics
    Tables & ChartsTo subtopics
    FinishingTo subtopics
    ExercisesTo subtopics


Lesson Design

Each lesson has:

  • Topics -  info for you to read
  • Step-by-Step directions - for things to do at the computer.
  • Quiz - multiple choice questions
  • Exercises- to give you practice and to take you further.

Warning You must actually follow the directions while at the computer!! 
You cannot just read about a technique and expect to be able to do it yourself later. It is different when you are doing it yourself!

printer icon 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!

Tip 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.

Tip 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.
(These techniques are taught in the Windows lessons.)

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!

  • New version or update - Each one makes changes, some minor and some quite noticeable. Your software may be older or more recent than mine. My illustrations may not all be from the same version either! When I revise, I usually use a screenshot from my current version and do not change old images unless there is an important difference.
  • Customized - Everyone likes to arrange things to suit themselves. So your computer may not have the default settings any more, and, therefore, not behave as the lessons describe. This, too, is part of the world of computers!

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. 

Interrupted Work

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!

icon-floppy disk 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!

Warningicon-floppy disk icon-floppy disk 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.

How detailed

The amount of detail in the directions and illustrations will decrease as you gain more experience.