PowerPoint 2016: Microsoft Quick Start

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Create a presentation

  1. Open PowerPoint.
  2. Select an option:
  • Select Blank Presentation to create a presentation from scratch.
  • Select one of the templates.
  • Select Take a Tour, and then select Create, to see tips for using PowerPoint.
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Add and format text

  1. Place the cursor where you want, and type.
  2. Select the text, and then select an option on the Home tab: FontFont sizeBoldItalicUnderline, …
  3. To create bulleted or numbered lists, select the text, and then select Bullets or Numbering.
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Add a picture, shape, or chart

  1. Select Insert.
  2. To add a picture:
    Select Picture.
    Browse for the picture you want and select Insert.
  3. To add a shape, art, or chart:
  • Select ShapesSmartArt, or Chart.
  • Select the one you want.
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Save your document

When you save your files to the cloud, you can share and collaborate with others, and get to your files from anywhere – on your computer, tablet, or phone.

  1. Select File > Save As.
  2. Select OneDrive.

Save personal files to OneDrive – Personal, and work files to your company OneDrive. You can also save to another location, like your device.

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Share your presentation

  1. Select Share.
  2. In the Invite people box, type the name or email address of the people you’d like to share with.
  3. Select Can edit or Can view from the drop-down.
  4. Include a message if you like, and select Share.

If you haven’t already saved your document to the cloud, you’ll be prompted to do this, to share your presentation.

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Use PowerPoint Designer

If you’re an Office 365 subscriber, PowerPoint Designer lets you create designer slides in two steps: just add an image, and then select a design.

  1. Select Insert > Picture, browse for the picture you want, and select Insert.
  2. The Design Ideas pane opens, and offers several design options.
  3. Select the design option you like.
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To add a special effect, to transition from one slide to another:

  1. Select the slide you want to add a transition to.
  2. On the Transitions tab, select the effect you want.
  3. Select Effect Options to change how the transition happens: From RightFrom Left, …

To undo a transition, select None.

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To animate text or objects on a slide:

  1. Select the text or object you want to animate.
  2. On the Animations tab, select Add Animation, and select the animation you want from the drop-down.
    To animate one line of text at a time, select one line of text, select an animation, select the next line of text, select an animation, …
  3. For Start, select When ClickedWith Previous, or After Previous.

You can also select the Duration or Delay.

To learn more, see Animate text or objects.

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Give your presentation

  • Select the Slide Show icon at the bottom of the screen, or
  •  On the Slide Show tab, select an option:
  • To start on the first slide, select From Beginning.
  • To start from where you are, select From Current Slide.
  • To present to people who are not where you are, select Present Online and then select Skype for Business or Office Presentation Service.
  • To exit Slide Show view, press Esc.
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