How To Create a Slideshow Using Microsoft PowerPoint

Slideshows are a great way to create presentations for your class or colleagues. With slideshows you can do away with note cards and just concentrate on making a good presentation. It’s also another way to capture the attention of your audience and prevent them from focusing too much on taking notes instead of actually listening and digesting your presentation. Below are the steps for making a slideshow presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint.

  1. Open Microsoft PowerPoint. You can find this in Programs, under Microsoft Office.
  2. Click on File and Select New. You will be given several options: a blank presentation, available design templates, and existing presentations. If you are novice and you want to create a slideshow in a simplest manner possible, choose an available design template that is appropriate for your topic. That way you do not have to worry about putting background images and creating textboxes.
  3. Type the title of your presentation in the text box that says, “Click to add title.” This is like the cover page of a book so you can include subtitles, dates, and your name on the first slide.
  4. When you are done with the first slide, add another slide. You can do this by clicking on the Insert tab and selecting  “New Slide.” Now there’s a lot more options for these new slide. You can choose to retain the same design and layout as the first one, or you can change it to suit that the data that you re going to present. You can choose between text and content layouts. There are also layouts combining text and content. The layout of your succeeding slides will depend on the data you are going to present.
  5. Make your slideshow presentation by adding animation to the slides. To do this, go to the Slide Show tab. You can select Animation Schemes or Custom Animation.  You can animate how your text and content appears and from what direction. You can see how your animated slide looks like by ticking Auto-Preview and clicking on Play.
  6. After adding animation to individual sides, proceed to customizing the slide transition. Just go to the Slide Show tab and select Slide Transition. You will be able to set how that particular slide appears and how fast the transition will be. You can also add a sound effect to the slide transition if you so desire.
  7. The next thing you have to set, and this is important, is Advance Slide function. This is also part of the Slide Transition customization. You only have two options here. Whether to have the slide advance on mouse click or have the slides appear after a certain time. If you are not sure how much time it would take you to discuss each slide during the presentation, it is better to set the Advance Slide to mouse click.
  8. Watch your slideshow by going to the Slide Show tab and clicking on View Show. The short cut key for this is F5. While watching, look for spelling errors and the like.
  9. Do not forget to save your slide show.

 You now have a Microsoft slideshow presentation. Good luck!


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