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Office 2008 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies® by Jim Gordon, Geetesh Bajaj

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Chapter IV.3. Working with the Whole Show

In This Chapter

  • Getting under way

  • Working in many views

  • Going for broke, starting with nothing

  • Adding new slides

  • Dodging bullets

  • Tempting themes

  • Making children

In the preceding chapters in Book IV, we go over the file formats you use in PowerPoint, as well as some fundamentals. Now, it's time to let your creative juices start flowing. In this chapter, you can find out about the process of building content-rich slides that your audience will enjoy and that you can present confidently. We cover how to start from a template or start from scratch, and then introduce you to using PowerPoint's rich interface. You can discover ways to present a slide show and how to organize slides within a show.

Creating a Presentation

To create presentation slides, you need more than just good PowerPoint skills. Great slides require time and thought, and we can help you with the former by showing you how to use PowerPoint more effectively so that you can use all that saved time to create compelling stories and flows for your presentation slides.

A slide presentation is composed of two phases — the creation phase and the presentation phase. You might be responsible for either creating or presenting the slides, or maybe you play both roles. Either way, you have to know the topic of your presentation well. You may also have supplementary content from which to work, such as a Word document or an existing presentation. You may have pictures, graphs, sounds, and movies in your ...

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