Chapter 12

Adding Color and Pictures to a Presentation


Using themes

Changing a background

Adding graphics

Showing movies on a slide

Adding sound to a presentation

To make your presentations look more visually appealing, PowerPoint lets you add color and graphics to your slides. Color and graphics can’t turn a worthless presentation into an informative one, but they can enhance an informative presentation and make it easier for people to watch.

For additional appeal, PowerPoint lets you add audio and video to a presentation. That way, you can make your presentation more interesting by letting people read, hear, and see information.

Applying a Theme

By default, PowerPoint displays each slide with a white background. Although you can change the colors and appearance of each slide individually, it’s much easier to change every slide in your presentation by using a theme. A theme provides predesigned colors and designs that are applied to each slide to give your presentation a uniform and professional look.

To define a theme for a presentation, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Design tab.

    remember If you click a slide in the thumbnail view and hold down the Ctrl key, you can select which slides you’ll change. If you don’t select any slide, PowerPoint will change all your slides.

  2. Click the More button under the Themes group.

    A menu appears, as shown in Figure 12-1.

    If you ...

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