Start button --> Programs --> Microsoft PowerPoint
Double-click on the PowerPoint icon on the desktop
* 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:
"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.