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

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Chapter IV.6. Adding Text, Pictures, Tables, and Charts

In This Chapter

  • Formatting text

  • Bringing your pictures home

  • Inserting a chart

  • Creating fancy tables

In this chapter, we discuss how PowerPoint works with text, pictures, charts and tables. Each is quite different in the way it presents information on slides, but PowerPoint works with them all similarly. Most of the time, you follow a selection-and-action routine to format any of these. After you make a selection, extra options appear right on the Toolbox's Formatting Palette. We're going to unleash your creative juices and do it in a way that results in great-looking presentations. When you give your presentation, your audience will focus on the screen. That sure takes a lot of pressure off your job as a presenter, and it makes you appear more confident, consistent, and coordinated with your slides!

Before we go too far, we want to remind you that in Book I, Chapters 3 through 7, we cover the basics about many topics that we expand on in this chapter. We don't want to take your money and just repeat things, so be sure to review the earlier chapters before venturing into this one; several topics build on the basics covered in Book I.

Getting the Right Text Format

It's fast and easy to use the text that comes in PowerPoint's lavish themes and templates. You often need to customize fonts and reposition text to make the text fit and look right. Choosing a different font or making a font larger can make your presentation more readable for ...

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