Chapter 8

Designing Your Slides


check Understanding how to use themes

check Using theme colors, fonts, and effects

check Playing with the background

check Using the Design Ideas feature

One of the most bothersome tasks of putting together a good PowerPoint presentation is making the presentation look good. Always wanting to be helpful in such matters, Microsoft has endowed PowerPoint with a feature called themes that lets you create good-looking slides in minutes. One of the best features of themes is that they work not only in PowerPoint, but also in Word and Excel. Thus, you can use themes to create PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, and Excel spreadsheets that have a consistent appearance.

The main access to PowerPoint themes is from the Design tab on the Ribbon. This entire chapter is devoted to this Design tab. To keep things simple, I approach this most useful tab from left to right even though that’s not always the order in which you use the controls it contains.

Looking at the Design Tab

To get things started, Figure 8-1 shows the Design tab on the Ribbon. As you can see, ...

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