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PowerPoint® 2013 Absolute Beginner’s Guide

Book Description

Make the most of PowerPoint 2013–without becoming a technical expert!


This book is the fastest way to learn PowerPoint and use it to create dynamic, eye-catching presentations that you can deliver in person or on the Web. Even if you’ve never used PowerPoint before, you’ll learn how to do what you want, one incredibly clear and easy step at a time. PowerPoint has never, ever been this simple!

Who knew how simple PowerPoint® 2013 could be?

This is the easiest, most practical beginner’s guide to using Microsoft’s incredibly powerful new PowerPoint 2013 presentation software…simple, reliable instructions for doing everything you really want to do! Here’s a small sample of what you’ll learn:

  • Quickly move from learning PowerPoint 2013 basics to creating and delivering polished, dynamic presentations

  • Communicate data visually using pictures, shapes, charts, and SmartArt

  • Design sophisticated presentations even faster with themes, variants, and custom layouts

  • Enliven your presentations with animation, audio, and video, including online video from websites such as YouTube

  • Collaborate on presentations using SkyDrive, Microsoft’s online file-sharing solution

  • Create MP4 and Windows Media videos from your PowerPoint presentations

  • Publish and deliver your presentations on the Web

  • Create and edit PowerPoint presentations on the go, using the PowerPoint Web App

  • Access your presentations from a tablet or smartphone

  • Expand the power of PowerPoint with third-party tools

  • And much more…

  • Patrice-Anne Rutledgeis a business technology author and consultant who specializes in teaching others to maximize the power of new technologies. Patrice has used–and has trained others to use–PowerPoint for many years, designing presentations for meetings, seminars, trade shows, and worldwide audiences. She is also the author of five previous books about PowerPoint for Pearson Education. She can be reached through her website at www.patricerutledge.com.

    Category:             Microsoft Office

    Covers:             PowerPoint 2013

    User Level:            Beginning

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Contents at a Glance
    4. Table of Contents
    5. About the Author
    6. Dedication
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. We Want to Hear from You!
    9. Reader Services
    10. Introduction
      1. Who This Book Is For
      2. How This Book Is Organized
      3. Conventions Used in This Book
    11. Part I: PowerPoint 2013 Basics
      1. 1. Introducing PowerPoint 2013
        1. Understanding What PowerPoint Can Do
        2. Exploring New PowerPoint 2013 Features
        3. Getting Started with PowerPoint
      2. 2. Creating a Basic Presentation
        1. Understanding PowerPoint Presentations
        2. Creating a Presentation
        3. Adding Slides to Your Presentation
        4. Adding Sections to Your Presentation
        5. Managing Presentations
    12. Part II: Editing and Formatting Presentations
      1. 3. Customizing Themes and Backgrounds
        1. Applying a New Theme to Your Presentation
        2. Applying Multiple Themes to a Single Presentation
        3. Applying a New Theme Variant
        4. Formatting Presentation Backgrounds
        5. Customizing Themes
      2. 4. Working with Text
        1. Adding Text to a Placeholder
        2. Using AutoFit
        3. Using Text Boxes
        4. Formatting Text
        5. Formatting Text with Options in the Font Dialog Box
        6. Using Bullets
        7. Using Numbered Lists
        8. Using WordArt
        9. Proofing Your Text
        10. Looking Up a Synonym in the Thesaurus
      3. 5. Formatting and Organizing Objects, Slides, and Presentations
        1. Manipulating Objects
        2. Arranging Objects
        3. Working with Gridlines and Guides
        4. Organizing Slides
      4. 6. Working with Tables
        1. Understanding Tables
        2. Inserting a Table
        3. Drawing Custom Tables
        4. Inserting Excel Spreadsheets
        5. Formatting Tables
        6. Deleting Tables and Table Contents
      5. 7. Outlining Presentations
        1. Creating an Effective Presentation Outline
        2. Using Outline View
        3. Modifying Your Outline
        4. Inserting an Outline from Another Application
      6. 8. Reviewing Presentations
        1. Understanding PowerPoint Reviewing Tools
        2. Working with Comments
        3. Comparing Presentations
    13. Part III: Working with Images, Illustrations, and Media
      1. 9. Working with Pictures
        1. Understanding PowerPoint Pictures
        2. Inserting Pictures
        3. Inserting Online Pictures
        4. Inserting Screenshots
        5. Creating a Presentation from a Photo Album
        6. Modifying Pictures
      2. 10. Working with Shapes
        1. Inserting Shapes
        2. Formatting Shapes Using the Drawing Tools – Format Tab
        3. Using the Format Shape Pane
      3. 11. Working with SmartArt
        1. Understanding SmartArt Graphics
        2. Inserting Smart Art Graphics
        3. Modifying and Formatting SmartArt Graphics
      4. 12. Working with Charts
        1. Understanding Charts
        2. Inserting Charts
        3. Inserting a Chart from Excel
        4. Modifying and Formatting Charts
      5. 13. Working with Audio and Video
        1. Understanding Audio and Video Formats
        2. Inserting Audio Clips
        3. Inserting Video Clips
        4. Formatting Audio and Video Clips
        5. Specifying Audio and Video Playback Options
        6. Compressing Media Files for Improved Performance
        7. Creating Videos from PowerPoint Presentations
      6. 14. Working with Animation and Transitions
        1. Understanding Animation and Transitions
        2. Setting Slide Transitions
        3. Applying Animation to Objects
        4. Customizing Animations on the Animation Pane
        5. Managing Animations
    14. Part IV: Making Presentations
      1. 15. Presenting a Slide Show
        1. Exploring the Slide Show Tab
        2. Setting Up a Show
        3. Rehearsing Timings
        4. Recording Voice Narrations
        5. Creating Custom Shows
        6. Viewing Your Show
        7. Presenting Online
        8. Exploring Presenter View
        9. Packaging a Presentation onto a CD
      2. 16. Creating and Printing Presentation Materials
        1. Understanding PowerPoint Printing Options
        2. Printing PowerPoint Presentations
        3. Creating Handouts in Microsoft Word
      3. 17. Sharing Presentations
        1. Preparing Your Presentation for Sharing
        2. Sharing Your Presentation with Others
    15. Part V: Maximizing the Power of PowerPoint
      1. 18. Working with Hyperlinks and Action Buttons
        1. Working with Hyperlinks
        2. Inserting Hyperlinks
        3. Customizing Hyperlink ScreenTips
        4. Modifying Hyperlinks
        5. Removing Hyperlinks
        6. Using Action Settings
        7. Using Action Buttons
        8. Testing Hyperlinks and Action Settings
      2. 19. Customizing PowerPoint
        1. Working with the Quick Access Toolbar
        2. Setting PowerPoint Options
        3. Setting Presentation Properties
        4. Working with Slide Masters
      3. 20. Accessing PowerPoint on the Web and Mobile Devices
        1. Using SkyDrive
        2. Using the Microsoft PowerPoint Web App
      4. 21. Extending PowerPoint with Third-Party Tools
        1. Extending PowerPoint with Third-Party Software
        2. Getting Creative with Third-Party Templates, Backgrounds, and Clip Art
        3. Enhancing Your PowerPoint Experience with External Hardware
        4. Integrating PowerPoint with Twitter
    16. Index
    17. Ad Pages