Chapter 23.  Delivering Presentations

In the old days, giving a PowerPoint presentation almost always meant connecting your laptop to a computer projector. You’d stand in front of a live audience and use a remote control to click through each slide while you explained each of your points in detail. You can still give a “stand and deliver” presentation, but today you can also:

  • Package your presentation for delivery on CD. This option is ideal for interactive, audience-paced presentations like tutorials or continuously running kiosk presentations.

  • Email the presentation to your audience.

This chapter covers both of these presentation delivery options.

Note

You can also convert your presentation to a Web page, complete with clickable links that viewers can use to navigate your slideshow and even jump to other documents or Web sites. For more on these and other advanced features, see PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual.

Setting Up a Slideshow

After you’ve put together your slideshow—created slides, added text and graphics, and so on—you have to give PowerPoint a few instructions on how it should display the slideshow when it’s show time. Say you’re creating a slideshow that you want to run continuously on a kiosk, with no human intervention. You might want to tell to linger a few seconds longer on certain slides than on others. Or imagine that you have two monitors hooked up to your computer: one set into the wall of a conference room, and one on a laptop placed strategically where only you ...

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