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Part 1 (table of contents listed below) includes getting started, music, graphics & design (colors, color schemes, background images, and music), hyperlinks, WordArt, Action Buttons/Navigation, slide
transitions, and adding multimedia (Youtube video instructions are included.)

Part 2 includes common problems in PowerPoint (trouble with font resizing?), embedding live webpage content into Powerpoint, as well as examples of PowerPoint such as games, tutorials, and more.

 

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Powerpoint Tips & Tricks pt. 1


Overview

PowerPoint is a powerful communication tool which can be used to build kiosk presentations, quizzes, games, tutorials, and even multimedia displays… and yes conference presentations. This 2 part series is based on a mini-workshop/presentation in 2008.


Part 1 (table of contents listed below) includes getting started, music, graphics & design (colors, color schemes, background images, and music), hyperlinks, WordArt, Action Buttons/Navigation, slide transitions, and adding multimedia (Youtube video instructions are included.)

Part 2 includes common problems in PowerPoint (trouble with font resizing?), embedding live webpage content into Powerpoint, as well as examples of PowerPoint such as games, tutorials, and more.

 

Basics of a good presentation

  • Know your audience (as much as possible)
  • Use your PowerPoint to communicate; not as a substitute for notes
  • Proofread, spell-check,review & test
  • Consider the overall readability (font size, spatial layout, too much content on one slide, etc.)
  • Keep it simple -- don’t overuse effects, graphics, etc.
  • Avoid the edge of the slide, if possible.
  • Use bullets and short to the point blurbs
  • For oral presentations and lectures:

Be mindful of the back row

Don’t read from the slides; the slides should illustrate the topic

Do include highlights – the most relevant or pertinent information

Do make handouts and provide additional information online or in a separate handout

  • Finally, save often when creating a presentation AND always make numerous backups.

Getting started (making a presentation)

To start a presentation or PowerPoint
project:

  • Start new and design from scratch
  • Use a template
  • Use a guided wizard
  • Use a template or guided wizard and modify it (quickest!)

For the purposes of this exercise, we’ll start from scratch, but use some pre-built features such as color schemes and graphics.

START

File>New

The New document sidebar menu should popup

Choose New> Blank Presentation

Note:

From Design Template will bring up a list of pre-designed templates

From AutoContent Wizard will bring up preformatted PowerPoint presentations,
which can serve as good examples

New from Existing Presentation will clone a presentation on your computer/disk/flash drive that you have already created

Any of these can be used and then modified to suit your content

Design layout

DESIGN

Choose a slide layout that is text based.

 

Text layouts are layouts designed for written content such as bulleted lists, written hyperlinks, quotations, etc.

Content layouts are layouts designed for basic visual elements such as images, photographs, screenshots, video, graphs, tables, and more.

Other layouts provide a variety of specific layouts to make multimedia and other content easy to embed.

Color schemes: making custom colors & backgrounds

COLOR SCHEME

Use the side menu pop-ups OR use Format>Slide Design to choose colors.

Under the arrow on the Slide Layout Side menu>Slide Design – Color Templates; From the main menu>Format>Slide Design>Color Schemes

Choose a color scheme.

We will make it more unique (or easier to read!) next.

From this menu we can change the colors for every part of our presentation.

Let’s make our own background color. Click on Custom.

 

 

For help developing a color palette, try this website:
http://www.colorschemer.com/online.html

 

Check your color scheme in the preview, and change any other colors needed.

 

Duplicating slides & the Master slide

CREATING SLIDES QUICKLY

Now we are ready to create the rest of our slides and add in even more media!

Using the Slide Master vs. duplicating slides

Two quick ways of populating your slides with the same layout, headers, etc. are using the Slide Master and duplicating slides. PowerPoint always creates a master slide, when either a design template or color scheme is chosen.

 

A Slide Master will apply whatever elements you assign to the master slide to each and every slide, except for the first slide (if you choose to skip that one). Additionally, to change an element placed on the master slide, you only edit the master slide. The master slide can be very helpful when setting up multimedia, kiosk displays, or in adding in some elements to a presentation, such as the title to every slide.

 

A second means (and in some ways, easier) is to duplicate slides.

Duplicating slides is very easy to do.

 

Duplicate slides easy way

Control + D

OR

Main menu: Edit>Duplicate

 

Working
with the Master Slide

 

View>Master>Slide
Master

Note: When you are done editing to return to the Normalview. View>Normal

If you use a master slide and are having trouble removing a box or graphic, double-check to see if it is on the actual slide or the master slide.

Duplicate/create 4 slides.

Aligning boxes

ALIGNING BOXES

 Click on one of the text boxes. The box will highlight and the cursor turns to the 4 arrow symbol. 

Move your boxes where you would like them to be.

 

Introductory slide (background image, text and music)

 

INTRODUCTION SLIDE (SLIDE 1):BACKGROUND IMAGE, TEXT, AND MUSIC

Add a title.

Click on the top box, and type in your presentation title.

Choose a font and size.

Notes about nonstandard fonts: While it is acceptable to use a nonstandard font (e.g., one that is not a commonly used on the web or in Microsoft applications), using a common font (Arial, Times New Roman, Comic sans, etc.) will alleviate potential problems. If you will be using a computer that is not yours (and may not have the font loaded), you will need to embed the fonts during the final saving of the presentation.

Another option is to create your font as a graphic (gifs) and add it as a graphical element.
Kind of boring, but it’s a start! Let’s live it up!

Background graphics

BACKGROUND GRAPHICS


Check Omit background graphics from master unless you want to include the background image on each slide.
Click on the color dropdown, which will popup to Fill Effects.

 

More effects include backgrounds, gradients, and patterns!

 

 

 

 


We are going to add in a photograph (or graphic) as a background.
Click on Picture. Browse to find the picture.

 

 

Select picture. Now we see a preview. Looks terrible! We will need to move our text boxes around, change font, etc.

 

Click Apply to save background.

Move your text boxes around and change your font colors as desired.

Next, we will give the title box a background color to make it stand out more.

 

Text boxes and format autoshape

CUSTOMIZING TEXT BOXES

Double-click on the textbox which needs a new background.

Format AutoShape is an excellent tool to crop, create transparencies, and more. A white fill with a percentage of transparency will emphasize a title without losing a background graphic completely.

Grouping and layering

GROUPING AND LAYERING

Boxes can be layered; brought to the front or sent behind another, or grouped (uniting two or more images together). Grouping is helpful when placing multiple objects on more than one slide, such as a forward and backward button. By grouping them together, they can be applied to any slides, with the same alignment to each other (e.g., spacing, location, etc.) Another option is to put them on the Slide Master.

Under the Draw menu>Order

 

Music

MUSIC

Now let’s add some introductory music.

 

 

Insert>Movies and Sounds>Sound from Clip Organizer

 

 

Movies and sounds> For movies and sounds on your computer

(Note: Be very careful when using movies on your computer to ensure that you also take the movie file with you when you present; otherwise, you may have broken links!)

Word Art & Hyperlinks

WORDART and HYPERLINKS

 

Insert>Picture>WordArt

Choose a format.

 

 

Choose font and type.

Right click to pull up the properties menu and edit the WordArt appearance.

 

Hyperlinks
can be added to any object in PowerPoint. Hyperlinks
can be added from the Properties menu (Right click) or under the Main Menu
Insert>Hyperlink

 

After editing your WordArt text, click Hyperlink.

Type
in a URL and click ok.

 

Embedding Multimedia (Youtube example)

EMBEDDING MEDIA

(YouTube and other web based media)

One of the advantages of embedding YouTube (or other flash files hosted on the web) into Powerpoint is that as long as there is an internet connection, everything should run correctly.

Note: Embedding movies and other multimedia works, too, as long all files are saved on the same disc/flashdrive/computer.

View>Toolbars>Control Box

The Control Box is where all kinds of scripting action can happen and it is very powerful.

 

 


Return to the blank slide and draw a square as big as you would like the movie to be.

Reformat the URL (Youtube URLs need to be reformatted as in this example; other URLs may not)
Example:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aIUra9pSr4
http://www.youtube.com/v/0aIUra9pSr4
In other words remove watch?
Change = to /
Do NOT Embed Movie.
You can change the alignment, change the background color behind the movie, and other visual elements.
Done!

 

Right click on the square, Click on the popup Property box.

 

Reformat the URL (Youtube videos need to have the URL reformatted; other website URLs may not need this step).

Example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aIUra9pSr4

http://www.youtube.com/v/0aIUra9pSr4

In other words remove watch?

Change = to /

Do NOT Embed Movie.

You can change the alignment, change the background color behind the movie, and other visual elements.

Done!

Transitions

TRANSITIONS AND NAVIGATION

Let's add a nifty transition from slide to slide.

 

Navigation & Action Buttons

Action Settings provide a means of providing some interactivity through telling Powerpoint to do a specific task, such as open a website. An Action Button is a preconfigured graphic which is packaged with a choice of Action Settings. Action Buttons include clickable forward/backward navigation, a help button, and even a customizable button. Action Settings can be added to most any graphic or sound by using the Right Click properties menu.

Let's add some linking buttons between sides.



Main Menu > Slide Show


Action Buttons> Choose

As you can see there are a lot of choices including:

  • Link to:
  • a slide within the presentation (e.g., navigational elements such as next slide, previous slide, a specific slide within the presentation for navigation, end, etc) or another Powerpoint presentation
  • Examples: Using one Powerpoint presentation for a menu structure (only navigational elements)and then mini presentations linked from there, see the Cataloging Tutorial, http://www.libs.uga.edu/catalog/tutorial/

  • a link outside of Powerpoint
    Examples: Launch GIL Client, the GIL OPAC, GALILEO, etc. with a single button click
    In order to run a program, it must be loaded on the user’s (or presenter’s) machine; however, this feature will not always work due to security settings
  • Add in an effect based upon a mouse click.
  • Other choices are greyed out, because they are not really suited to Action Buttons, but are for use other objects.

NOTE: To place an Action Button on every slide, you could add it to the Master Slide. If you only want it to appear on some slides, copy and paste.

Choose Hyperlink to Next Slide.

Click OK.

Powerpoint Tips & Tricks pt. 2

PowerPoint is a powerful communication tool which can be used to build kiosk presentations, quizzes, games, tutorials, and even multimedia displays… and yes conference presentations. This 2 part series is based on a mini-workshop/presentation in 2008.

Part 1 includes getting started, music, graphics & design (colors, color schemes, background images, and music), hyperlinks, WordArt, Action Buttons/Navigation, slide transitions, and adding multimedia (Youtube video instructions are included.)

 

Resources include some great powerpoint resources.

Part 2 Table of contents is listed below.

Embedding a movie

EMBEDDING A MOVIE FROM YOUR COMPUTER/DISC/FLASHDRIVE

The most important thing to remember is that the file locations must match. If you move your presentation from one computer (or flashdrive to another, take the movie with you!)

Insert>Movie and Sounds>Movie From File

Browse to choose the movie that you would like to include.

 

See also, adding multimedia from a webpage (the YouTube example).

Image throughout the whole slideshow

ANIMATED IMAGE ACROSS THE WHOLE SLIDESHOW


As a background:

View>Master>Slide Master

From the Master Slide, right click on slide background.

Small animation on a slide:

To play a small animation on all slides (such as a small corner graphic),

Insert>Movies and Sounds> Movie
from Clip Organizer (to find one from Microsoft)

or Movie from File (from your own files)

Put the animation onto the Master Slide. It will appear in this location on all slides.

 

Remember>Action Buttons (navigational buttons, etc.) can be used on the Slide Master, too!

 

See Also: Action Buttons ; Slide Master

Inserting a word document, pdf, etc.

INSERTING A WORD DOCUMENT, PDF, SPREADSHEET, ETC.

Main Menu Insert>Object

 

Note> When inserting a document, Powerpoint will insert it into one slide; any overflow will not display.

Another option is to create a
link to the document using a Hyperlink
or an Action Button.

 

See also: Hyperlinks, Action Buttons

 

Embedding live website content

Embedding a live webpage so that it is a seamless part of the Powerpoint is amazingly easy but

  • Must have an internet connection for the slide and website to work properly
    May receivesecurity warnings by users (users must also have LiveWeb installed)
    Machine must have the free Powerpoint Add-in, LiveWeb installed (no administrative authority needed)

 

Installing LiveWeb

Close Powerpoint.

Download LiveWeb from http://skp.mvps.org/downloads/lwsetup.exe

Save the file (lwsetup.exe) to your computer (saving it to the desktop makes it easy to locate).

Doubleclick on the saved file, lwsetup.exe, to begin the installation. If you receive any security warnings during loading this add-in, not to worry! Click OK, if a security warning pops up.

 

USING LIVEWEB IN POWERPOINT

Main Menu>Insert>Web Pages

 

Note> When printing out handouts or viewing the presentation in 'normal' view (i.e., not as a slideshow) the 'live content' will display as black square or with a windows logo. Until the presentation is run, Powerpoint will not pull in the 'live content' into the presentation.

Font problems (take your fonts with you!)

Embedding fonts will save the fonts along with the presentation.

Note>Only truetype fonts have this option.

 

Under Tools>Options

Font problems (turning off AutoFit/AutoCorrect)

TURNING OFF AUTOCORRECT (RESIZING FONT PROBLEMS)

Under Tools>AutoCorrect
Options

 

Sometimes when using PowerPoint, it is easier to resize fonts manually, rather than have PowerPoint do that work.

 

Removing or adding elements (Slide Master)

View>Master>Slide
Master

 

If you use a master slide and
are having trouble removing a box or graphic, doublecheck to see if it is on
the actual slide or the master slide.  If
it is on the Slide Master and you do not wish to include it on every slide, you
will need to remove it from the Slide Master. Conversely, if you wish to
include an element on each slide, the Slide Master is extremely helpful.

 

Note:  When you are done editing to return to the Normal
view. View>
Normal

 

An excellent overview of the
Slide Master with step by step instructions is located at

http://tinyurl.com/yqt5w5

Adding text to an Autoshape

ADDING TEXT TO A SHAPE

Right click on
shape for Properties pop-up

Click>Add Text

Type in text

 

 

See also: Autoshapes ; Aligning boxes

Image editing in PowerPoint

Although
not sophisticated, PowerPoint can do some basic image editing.

Word
and other Microsoft products also contain this functionality.

Right click
on image>Format
picture

Setup a show (autoplay)

(Autoplay kiosks, movies, etc.)

Setup timings between slides
under Transitions.

SlideShow>Slide Transition

Then set up the show.

Under SlideShow>Set up Show

Saving a presentation (tips)

  • Saving a presentation as a Show (.pps) will create a presentation that runs as a Show, concealing the editing features. The .ppt extension will include editing functionality.
  • PowerPoint allows the user to save the presentation as a website, which can be uploaded to
    a website. However, the website created is hard to navigate. Loading a presentation to a website such as Slideshare might be more beneficial.
  • Do Embed fonts.
  • For very large ppt file sizes, consider compressing pictures. However, this is not recommended for screenshots and other photographic images.

Recovering a lost or corrupt presentation

  • Open a new presentation Insert>Slides from File Insert individual files fromthe corrupted Powerpoint
  • Search for *.tmp files on your computer.
    Windows may have saved the latest version before it was corrupted or your computer crashed/froze. If you find a.*tmp file (temporary file) which seems to correspond to your ppt file, rename it with the extension .ppt and open it in PowerPoint.
  • Use your latest back-up to repopulate a new presentation.

Password protect a presentation

Tools>Options>Security

Don’t forget the password!

Powerpoint resources