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)

Formatting Text and Lists
text | lists

Formatting text

The functions for formatting text in PowerPoint are very similar with other Microsoft programs, especially Microsoft Word. Select the text you want to format and click on the Format menu --> Font to make changes such as font size, style type and effects:

or you can use the Formatting toolbar to make one change at a time:

Formatting Bulleted and Numbered Lists
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To format a list, highlight the list or the part of the list that you want to format and then click on Format-->Bullets and Numbering. On the Bulleted dialog you can select the type and color of bullets you want on your list, or even choose to use a special character or picture that you have saved as a bullet:

If you want a numbered list, click on the Numbered tab and select the type of numbering you want (numerical, alphabet, Roman). You can also use the Start at feature to make the list start from a number other than 1. This is a very handy feature especially if you have a very long list and you want to split it into two slides.

If you don't highlight the list before making your selections, PowerPoint will automatically apply your selections only on the line that your cursor is when you make the selections.

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Need help? Email me! varvarak@mail.med.upenn.edu