PowerPoint • PowerPoint is a part of the Microsoft Office package. • It is a presentation software program that has many of the functions available in Microsoft Word.
PowerPoint Continued • To display a presentation, you need: • A computer (desktop or laptop) • LCD projector • White board or screen for projection
Seeing (and Hearing) Is Believing • PowerPoint presentations can enhance understanding and retention of concepts. • Audiovisual aids should be relevant to the speech topic.
Designing Presentation Aids Simplicity • Do not add too much content. • Keep bullets short • Visual aids should: • Reinforce • Support • Summarize what you say
Designing Presentation Aids Continuity • Use the same design throughout your presentation
Designing Presentation Aids Continuity • Maintain continuity in: • Colors • Fonts • upper and lowercase letters • Styling • Boldface • Underlining • Italics
Designing Presentation Aids Typeface • Typeface: • a specific style of lettering • Arial • Times Roman • Courier New • Tahoma • Monotype Corsiva
Designing Presentation Aids Font Size • Fonts: • sets of sizes (called the point size) • 24 point • 20 point • 18 point • 16 point • 10 point • upper and lower cases
Designing Presentation Aids Typeface Style And Font Size • Check that your lettering stands apart from your background. • Use a typeface that is simple, easy to read, and doesn’t distract from your message. • Don’t overuse boldface, underlining or italics. Use upper-and lowercase type.
Designing Presentation Aids Color • Use bold, bright colors to emphasize important points. • Use softer, lighter colors. • Avoid dark backgrounds.
A How-To Guide for Using Microsoft PowerPoint as a Presentation Aid
How-To Guide to PowerPoint • This guide offers straightforward advice that will help you use Microsoft PowerPoint to create effective and enjoyable presentations.
You don’t want your slides to look like this: Colors on the slide are distracting Title too small Texts overlap and have strange formatting Font is small and hard to read Clip art is too large; only one piece is necessary
Let’s Begin! • PowerPoint is a Microsoft application. • If you are proficient in programs such as Word and Excel, you are already familiar with over 100 common commands used by Microsoft Office software.
Let’s Begin! • NOTE: All of the icons, example buttons, and toolbars shown in this slide show are taken from the MS PowerPoint 2007.
To Use PowerPoint • Become familiar with the toolbars • Select your presentation option • Learn how to create a slide • Learn how to organize design elements • Learn how to balance design elements
Press Shift+F5 Press F5
Switching Views and Navigating a Presentation • The PowerPoint window contains features common to all Windows programs, as well as features specific to PowerPoint • Slide pane • Notes pane • Slides tab • Thumbnails • Outline tab
Switching Views and Navigating a Presentation • At the lower right of the PowerPoint window, on the status bar to the left of the Zoom slider, are three buttons you can use to switch views • Normal view • Slide Sorter view • Slide Show view
Previewing and Printing a Presentation • PowerPoint provides several printing options • Color, grayscale, or pure black and white • Handouts are printouts of the slides themselves; these can be arranged with several slides printed on a page • Overhead transparency film • Print Preview allows you to see the slides as they will appear when they are printed
Organizing Text • Use a readable font and font size for each different aspect of the page (a good size range is between 20-60 points). • Be consistent from slide to slide with fonts and font sizes. • Choose colors that will ensure that your text is readable and your slides do not appear distracting.
Organizing Text • Don’t usetoomanydifferentfonts. • DON’T USE ALL CAPS. • Avoid fonts that are distracting: • Braggadocio • OzHandicraft BT • Shelley Volante BT
Organizing Text • Don’t include your entire speech on the slides. Instead highlight important points. • To determine what information is best to include in your presentation, you should: • Review your speech outline. • Identify points that can be illustrated,such as key terms and their definitions, statistics, or charts and graphs.
Organizing Clip Art and Pictures • To insert clip art onto your slide you can: • Select a slide layout that has a set space for clip art. When working on that slide, simply double-click on the clip art space and it will take you to the Microsoft Clip Gallery. • Use the Insert menu, click Picture, and then select Clip Art. • Click on the shortcut icon:
Organizing Clip Art and Pictures • Remember: use clip art, pictures, charts, and graphs only to illustrate points, not as fillers.
Organizing Animation Effects • PowerPoint has a variety of different ways that text and art can be animated. • For example: Appear Spiral Fly from Bottom-Left Blinds Vertical Stretch from Top Zoom In Wipe Right Box Out Dissolve Crawl from Right Peek from Bottom Checkerboard Across
Organizing Animation Effects • These effects can be interesting additions to your presentation, but they can also be distracting. Use them sparingly to add emphasis. • To animate, right-click on the text or image and select Custom Animation from the menu. • Select the effect you want to use, determine the order of the animations on the slide, and make sure to preview.
Organizing Animation Effects • Take time while in this screen to determine how your animation effects will appear. • Clicking on the Timing menu gives you options so that your textboxes, clip art, and other animation elements can be presented on a mouse click, automatically, or automatically after a preset length of time.
Balancing the Elements • Even if you follow all the suggestions for setting up your slide and its elements, you still may find that your presentation is hard to follow. • It is important to go back through your completed presentation and make sure that the overall experience of watching it is pleasant as well as educational.
Balancing the Elements • Defining a balanced slide may seem like a matter of opinion, but there are concrete criteria, including: • Clip art and text must fit together well. No element -- title, points, graphics -- should overpower the others. • Headings should be consistent in size and placement. They should be large and clear. • Easy to understand.
Example of a Balanced Slide The title is large and clear. Text is easy to read and well sized. The clip art illustrates the slide and is well placed on the layout. Good use of contrasting colors on slide and in font.
Example of an Unbalanced Slide Title and color scheme are still fine. Text is too small. Clip art is too large. This slide is hard to read and places unnecessary emphasis on the artwork.
Giving Your Presentation • Practice your speech • Time yourself.