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

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Chapter IV.9. Printing and Sharing Presentations

In This Chapter

  • Printing handouts and more

  • Sharing presentations with others

  • Presenting to real, live people

Sharing presentations with others is an integral part of PowerPoint. Audiences often expect printed handouts and online versions of your presentations as reference materials. This chapter can help you prepare to meet those expectations by showing you a wide variety of printing options and introducing you to new ways to share presentations with others.

Printing Your Presentations

You can print many different sizes with PowerPoint. Although it's most common to print handouts on regular-size paper, you can use PowerPoint to print large-scale versions of slides to use for poster sessions at booths in conferences or for wall mounting. You can also use PowerPoint to print small-scale objects, such as postcards. Your printing output can take a variety of forms, such as PDF, slides, handouts, or even Notes Pages.

Printing to PDF files

We want to encourage you to be earth-friendly. Maybe you don't have to print to paper; instead, you can print to PDF files. Put the PDF file into an Internet sharing service for those who want to download it, and view or print it themselves. All the printing options that we show you offer the PDF file printing option. Just click the PDF button in the lower-left of the Print dialog of PowerPoint (and every other application, for that matter) and choose Save as PDF from the pop-up menu, as shown in Figure 9-1

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