PowerPoint Basics

Opening PowerPoint
Understanding the screen
Inserting slides

Adding and editing content

Inserting text
Inserting notes, headers and footers
Formatting text and lists

Working with design

Customizing background
Applying and creating templates
Design tips

Working with graphics

Downloading, inserting and editing images
Image Resources for Health & Life Sciences
Drawing and editing objects

Working with animation

Animating text and images
Slide transitions

Adding sound and video

Sounds, narration and music
Video requirements

Graphs and tables

Working with graphs
Importing and linking data from Excel to PowerPoint

PowerPoint online

Hyperlinks and action buttons
Putting up a presentation on the web

Printing and Presenting

Printing options
Running a slide show


PowerPoint DO's and DON'T's
Other PowerPoint websites
Workshop evaluation
(for on-site workshop participants only)

Customizing Background
background | color scheme

Changing background (changing the "wallpaper" of a slide)

  • From the menu bar, select Format > Background

  • Select one of the background colors from the pull-down menu, or choose from a more extensive palette by selecting the More Colors menu item

  • You can preview your selections before committing to them by clicking on Preview

  • If you are satisfied with the results, you can proceed to committing to the changes:

    • click Apply button to change the current slide.
    • click Apply to all to make the changes to all of your slides.

  • If you are using a template and for some reason you need to get rid of the graphics that the template includes (for example, if you want to insert a graph and the template graphics are in your way), you can check the box 'omit background graphics from master'. Again, you can apply this change to the current slide or to all of your slides.

Changing color scheme
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  • Choose Format < Slide Color Scheme.
  • In the slide Color Scheme dialog box, the Standard tab allows you to choose a pre-determined Color Scheme by clicking on the desired choice.

  • The Custom tab allows you to selectively change the colors of the applied Design's features.

    • Click the colored box next to the feature you wish to change (1).

    • Click the Change Color button and make your color selections (2).

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