PowerPoint allows you to print your presentation as slides, notes, handouts,
or even outlines. Choose File > Print... from the menu bar. This will
bring up the "Print" dialog box. Select File menu >
Print... . This will bring up the "Print" dialog box.
In the "Print what" pull-down menu, choose the item you
would like to print.
If you choose "print slides", what you will get is one
slide per page. Obviously, this is not the most efficient way (in terms
of paper and ink) to print your presentation. However, it is useful
if you wish to print transparencies of your slides as a backup in case
of a system failure.
CAUTION! If you are printing transparencies for an overhead projector,
be sure you have the correct type of transparency film for your printer.
Some types of transparency film will melt during the printing process
and may damage the printer.
If you choose "print handouts", you have the option to
choose the number of slides you want to print on each page. The "3
slides per page" option is particularly useful because it displays
small versions of your slides on the left half of the page, and leaves
space for your students to write on notes on the right side of the
If you choose "print outline view" you will get only the
text of your slides (as it appears in outline view) but none
of the graphics or animation.