570 ofﬁce x for macintosh: the missing manual
The slides in your show may display different kinds of information—one may show
some text statistics, another may display a diagram, a third may contain a chart, and
so on. Even so, however, you’ll probably want all of these slides to have a consistent
design, no matter what’s on them: the same fonts, background graphics, color scheme,
and so on.
That’s why, as soon as you launch PowerPoint, the ﬁrst thing you see is the Project
Gallery, which should look familiar if you’ve used Word X or Excel X. In PowerPoint’s
case, the Project Gallery offers several templates that can get you started building
your slide show without having to waste a lot of time on the design elements—or
even composing the text on the slides.
Tip: If you, PowerPoint master, don’t need the Project Gallery intruding into your personal space at every
program launch, turn off the “Show Project Gallery at startup” checkbox at the bottom of the window. Or,
you can toggle the checkbox in PowerPoint→Preferences→View panel.
When project deadlines are looming and there are a million things that need to be
done (including creating a presentation), you’ll welcome these timesaving features.
Canned, Professionally Designed Templates
In the Project Gallery, open the Presentations category by clicking the ﬂippy tri-
angle to its left (see Figure 15-2). Then click Designs. In the middle of the Project
Gallery window, you now see a huge selection of predesigned slide show templates—
Specify a Design
You can see how the
different parts of your
presentation go together in
Normal view. This three-
paned window includes an
area for the slide show’s
outline, a smaller area for
notes, and an area in which
you actually build the slide.
Finally, PowerPoint’s view
controls sit in the lower-left
corner of the main window.
Outline pane Slide pane
View controls Notes pane