Chapter 1

A First Look at PowerPoint

In This Chapter

Who uses PowerPoint and why?
What's new in PowerPoint 2013?
Learning your way around PowerPoint
Changing the view
Zooming in and out
Displaying and hiding screen elements
Working with window controls
Using the help system and getting updates

PowerPoint 2013 is a member of the Microsoft Office 2013 suite of programs. A suite is a group of programs designed by a single manufacturer to work well together. Like its siblings — Word (the word processor), Excel (the spreadsheet), Outlook (the personal organizer and e-mail manager), and Access (the database) — PowerPoint has a well-defined role. It creates materials for presentations.

A presentation is any kind of interaction between a speaker and audience, but it usually involves one or more of the following: computer-displayed slides, noncomputerized visual aids (such as transparencies or 35mm slides), hard-copy handouts, and/or speaker's notes. PowerPoint can create all of these types of visual aids, plus many other types that you'll learn about as you go along.

Because PowerPoint is so tightly integrated with the other Microsoft Office 2013 components, you can easily share information among them. For example, if you have created a graph in Excel, you can use it on a PowerPoint slide. It goes the other way too. You can, for example, take the outline from your PowerPoint presentation and copy it into Word, where you can dress it up with Word's powerful document formatting commands. ...

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