Understanding Presentations and Slides

The primary purpose of PowerPoint is to help you design, create, and edit presentations and printed handouts. A presentation is a set of screens (called slides) that you present to people in a group . Because PowerPoint provides a wide variety of predefined templates, you don't have to be a graphics design specialist to create good-looking presentations.


Throughout this book, the term presentation refers to the entire PowerPoint collection of slides, whereas the term slide refers to an individual screen within a presentation.

PowerPoint slides can hold many kinds of information. Here are a few of the things you can add to a PowerPoint presentation:

  • Data you insert into PowerPoint, including text, charts , graphs, and graphics

  • Word documents

  • Live data from the Internet including complete Web pages

  • Excel worksheets

  • Excel graphs and charts

  • Access databases

  • Multimedia content such as movies and sound

  • Graphics programs that you use to create and edit graphics

  • Other software programs whose data you import into PowerPoint

Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Office 2003 in 24 Hours
Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Office 2003 in 24 Hours
ISBN: 0672325535
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 272
Authors: Greg Perry

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