This chapter focused on Outlook's capability to interact and share data with the other Microsoft Office modules. With the capability to share data and email tools and to create
Part VII: PowerPoint Presentations for Your Audience
Chapter 22. Mastering PowerPoint Basics
You're about to become a master at presentations. A presentation is a structured delivery of information. Teachers, professors,
What PowerPoint Is All About
PowerPoint helps you structure the ideas and information that you want conveyed to your audience. With it, you can add visual images, animation, supporting documents, and audio recordings to enhance your presentation. For example, you can easily do the following:
PowerPoint includes several templates that supply a presentation framework for many common topics. The task of building multimedia slides isn't a chore with PowerPoint because it has many of the formatting and content-creation tools built into other Office products. It also includes a rich library of clip art and sound files to jazz up the text. PowerPoint has drawing capabilities that enable you to create a dynamic presentation by including animation and action
After you have reviewed your presentation and are ready to publish the content, PowerPoint supports a variety of display media. You can deliver your presentation with overhead projectors and
Starting the AutoContent Wizard
Every time you start PowerPoint, the PowerPoint dialog box is displayed, as shown in Figure 22.1. You can use it to choose the method for starting your PowerPoint session. The main choices are creating a new presentation or opening an existing presentation.
Figure 22.1. The PowerPoint dialog box enables you to choose different layouts for your slides.
The first option in the PowerPoint dialog box list is the
, the best method for starting a presentation if you're new to PowerPoint. It's also a great tool to use if you need to create a presentation quickly. The AutoContent Wizard is a guide
You can select from several predefined content templates. The AutoContent Wizard
When the AutoContent Wizard starts, the first screen displayed is the start screen, shown in Figure 22.2. It provides explanatory text that introduces you to the AutoContent Wizard. Look over the text, and then click the Next button. That advances you to the
Figure 22.2. The start screen of the AutoContent Wizard enables you to begin using the wizard.
The second screen in the wizard defines the presentation type. You use this screen to select the type of presentation you're going to create. You can scroll through the list of all the available types or click a category button to narrow the list of choices. If you don't see a presentation type that fits your needs, just click the General button and select the Generic presentation type. For example, if you were going to create a presentation on
Figure 22.3. The AutoContent Wizard's presentation type screen is shown with the Generic presentation type selected.
The AutoContent Wizard's third screen contains the Presentation style options, as shown in Figure 22.4, where you select the target output format for your presentation. You have five choices:
Figure 22.4. The Presentation style screen of the AutoContent Wizard gives you many different display options.
The next screen is the Presentation options screen, as shown in Figure 22.5. Here you get to give your presentation a title, and include a footer if you want. Simply click in the appropriate text box and enter your information. When you have completed this screen, click the Next button.
Figure 22.5. In the Presentation options screen, you can choose to let PowerPoint enter the title, footer, date, and slide number automatically.
After you have set the Presentation style for your presentation, click the Next button.
The last AutoContent Wizard screen is the finish screen. The AutoContent Wizard has finished its question-and-answer session, so it's time to generate the presentation file. If you need to change any previously set options, now would be a good time. You can use the Back button to go backward through the wizard screen by screen and change any option you want. You can also just cancel the whole darn thing and go to