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
Workshop evaluation
(for on-site workshop participants only)

Opening PowerPoint

To open PowerPoint in Windows, click on the

Start button --> Programs --> Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Start Menu


Double-click on the PowerPoint icon on the desktop

PowerPoint desktop icon

* If the tip of the day appears, click 'OK'

** If the Office Assistant appears, click on 'Start Using Microsoft PowerPoint'

In PowerPoint 2000 you will see the following dialog, which gives you the option to choose where to start from:

Presentation choice dialog box

  • "AutoContent Wizard" walks you through a series of questions about your presentation, letting you choose from a variety of predetermined content themes, visual styles, and formatting options. You can answer all of the questions or skip some and click "Finish" at any time.

  • "Design Template" allows you to choose from various background designs and slide styles to use throughout your presentation. Clicking the various presentation options shows thumbnail views of their designs. Click "OK" to choose one.

  • "Blank Presentation" starts you out with blank slides. This is the default in the latest PowerPoint version (XP).

    Blank presentation is the recommended starting point in this tutorial. PowerPoint lets you change the appearance, layout and content of your presentation at any time. Choosing "Blank Presentation" lets you experiment more easily with the many features this program offers.

    On the other hand, some people prefer to establish the design from the outset so that they see its effects as they create their presentation. As you become more familiar with PowerPoint, you will discover which method works best for you.

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