Creating Your First Title Slide
It might seem obvious, but before you can create your first slide, you have to start up PowerPoint. You can do so in a variety of ways: from the Start menu, from a desktop icon, or from the Taskbar.
PowerPoint starts in Normal view, with a blank title slide staring at you. All you have to do is click where it says to click and type the text you want to include. For example, to add information to the title slide, follow these steps:
You now have your first title slide (see Figure 2.2).
Figure 2.2. Clicking anywhere on the slide outside the placeholder boxes deselects the boxes and shows your text nearly as it will appear when you play the slide show.
Creating your first title slide was pretty easy, but now what? You probably need more than just a title slide, so choose I nsert, N ew Slide (or press Ctrl+M). PowerPoint adds a new bullet slide to the slide show (see Figure 2.3).
Figure 2.3. When you add a slide to a slide show, by default, PowerPoint creates a bullet slide that also includes a slide title.
Bullets, which are the dots or icons at the left of the text, help
At this point you can go ahead and add text to the title placeholder (for example, About Me ).
To add items to a bulleted list, you follow these steps:
If you want to go back and edit a title or text box, you just click the box and then make any changes you want.
For more information on creating good, powerful bullets, see p. 76 .
If you'd like, you can insert a couple more slides ( My Work or My Hobbies , for example). Then you should insert a final slide.
In the title placeholder of the final slide, you should type The End . Don't worry right now about the blank bulleted text placeholder. When you view the slide show, it won't be visible.
It's important that you get in the habit of saving your work on a regular basis. There's nothing more painful than
For more information on saving, retrieving, and managing PowerPoint files, see p. 53 .