IN THIS CHAPTER
Who uses PowerPoint and why?
What’s new in PowerPoint 2013?
Starting and exiting PowerPoint
Changing the view
Zooming in and out
Displaying and hiding screen elements
Working with presentation windows
A presentation is any kind of interaction between a speaker and audience, but it usually involves one or more of the following: computer-displayed slides, noncomputerized visual aids (such as transparencies or 35mm slides), hard-copy handouts, and/or speaker’s notes. PowerPoint enables you to create all of these types of visual aids, plus many other types that you’ll learn about as you go along.
In this chapter you’ll get a big-picture introduction to PowerPoint 2013, and then we’ll fire up the program and poke around a bit to help you get familiar with the interface. You’ll find out how to use the tabs and panes, learn about some of the new features, and see how to work with the various views and key screen settings.
PowerPoint is a popular tool for people who give presentations as part of their jobs and also for their support staff. With PowerPoint, you can create visual aids that help get the message across to an audience. Although the traditional kind of presentation is a live speech presented at a podium, advances in technology have made it possible to give presentations in numerous other ways, and PowerPoint has kept pace. With PowerPoint, you can present in these formats: