Chapter 27. Creating a Menu-Based Navigation System


  • Making room for a navigation bar

  • Creating a navigation bar

  • Creating a graphical navigation system

When you create user-interactive presentations that contain many slides, it is considered courteous to provide your audience with a navigation system so that they can browse through the presentation without having to view every single slide. Menu systems can be as simple or as complex as you like and can be integrated into the slide design.

The Scenario

In this project lab, you learn how to create a navigation system in a presentation that is designed to teach computer technicians about safety issues for working on PCs. You modify the presentation's layout and design to make room for a menu system, and then you create navigational hyperlinks on the Slide Master.

Lab 3A: Making Room for a Navigation Bar

In this lab session, you start with a plain-looking presentation and modify its Slide Master to make room for a menu system on the left side of the slide.

This lab session includes some cleanup work on a "messy" PowerPoint file that is missing a layout needed for some of the slides. This session simulates the type of cleanup situations you might run into in everyday work on older presentation files.

Level of difficulty: Moderate

Time to complete: 15 to 30 minutes

  1. Open the file Lab3A.pptx from the Labs folder (from the CD accompanying the book) and save it as MyLab3A.pptx.

  2. Display the Slide Master. To do so, choose View

  3. On the top-level ...

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