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Microsoft PowerPoint 2003/2004

Overview of PowerPoint

Many of the concepts that you know from working with other programs will carry through to PowerPoint. For example, cutting and pasting are performed the same way in MS Word (Macintosh or Windows-based) as they are in PowerPoint. The menus are also arranged in a similar layout. If you are not sure how to do something in PowerPoint, try it as you would in another program, chances are the process will be similar.

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A Master contains formatting and design elements common to every slide in your presentation.

A Template contains slide default settings. These characteristics include colors, fonts, bullet types and special elements such as graphics.

Slide Show
A Slide Show is the PowerPoint presentation given from a computer. This generally requires the use of a projection device such as a video-data projector or an overhead projector with an LCD (liquid crystal display).

The Presentation is the collection of slides.

A Wizard is a step-by-step guide for completing a task.

A Transition is the effect that takes place when you advance from one slide to the next. This feature is available only with Slide Shows.

Animations allow you to have one line of text appear on the screen at a time, presenting the opportunity for you to pause and discuss each point. As the next line appears, the previous lines can be grayed out. This feature is available with printed presentations but is most effective (cost and impact) with electronic presentations.

An Object can be one of several things. Common objects include items that you create with the drawing tools and pictures that you import from other sources (such as scanned images).

Clip Art
Clip Art is the collection of pictures available in the PowerPoint Clip Art gallery.

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You have several options from the View menu in PowerPoint for viewing your presentation while you create it: Normal, Slide Sorter, Slide Show, and Notes Page. While working in the Normal View and without using the View menu, you may access the Outline and Slides pane by clicking the appropriate tab. For more information, refer to The PowerPoint Views.

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The Help system provides concise descriptions and procedures for virtually every possible PowerPoint topic. Every feature and view is explained, and the Help system offers suggestions regarding how to most effectively use the features in the program. You are also allowed to print the instructions to any help topic. Nearly all dialog boxes in PowerPoint offer a HELP button that provides access to a quick explanation for the features and options you are about to use. For instructions on how to use the Help system, refer to Using Microsoft Office Help.

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