Introduction to PowerPoint 2003
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Objectives and Definitions

Starting PowerPoint

Layouts, Text and Slides

Design Templates and Images

Drawing Tools

Views and Printing

Displaying your Presentation on the WWW

Elements of a Good Presentation

Tips and Additional Resources

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Note: This tutorial was created using PowerPoint 2003 on a Windows XP platform. PowerPoint on a Mac will look different than what is represented here.


This tutorial is designed for people who are new to PowerPoint. You will learn how to:

  • Start PowerPoint
  • Work with layouts, text, and slides
  • Work with templates and images
  • Work with drawing tools
  • Use different views and printing options
  • Put your presentation on the World Wide Web
  • Identify and employ elements of a good presentation


Presentation: The primary type of file PowerPoint is used to create. Presentations typically have the file extension .ppt; however, you can also save PowerPoint presentations as Adobe Acrobat documents with the file extension .pdf. Finally, you can save your presentation as a web page, with the file extension .html or .htm.

Slides: Individual parts of a presentation. Slides are similar to the individual pages in a print document, and can contain text, graphics, and animation.

Layout: The specific arrangement of text and images on a slide. Layouts can be very simple, consisting of simple titles and text, or they can be more complex and include elaborate colors and images. You can also include animation, sounds, and other multimedia objects in your layout.

View: Microsoft PowerPoint has three main views: normal view, slide sorter view, and slide show view. Normal view is the main editing view. Slide sorter view is an exclusive view of your slides in thumbnail form, helpful for rearranging the order of your slides. Slide show view takes up the full computer screen, like an actual slide show presentation. In this full-screen view, you see your presentation the way your audience will.

Design Template: The specific “look” of a slide or group of slides. A design template can be very basic - with black text on a white background - or it can be very colorful and complex. Typically, PowerPoint presentations have the same design template for all slides, although it is possible to select a different design template for each slide. Later, I’ll show you how to select different design templates.

Slide Show: The way a presentation appears when you are presenting it. When you display your slides in a slide show, the slides typically take up the whole screen, and they appear in sequence.

Placeholder: Boxes with dotted or hatch-marked outlines that appear when you create a new slide. These boxes act as "placeholders" for objects such as the slide title, text, clip art, charts, and tables. Placeholders are sometimes called “text boxes.”

Sizing handles: Small circles that appear along the edges of the selection rectangle around an object on your slide. You drag a sizing handle to change the shape or size of an object. To maintain the proportions of an object while resizing, simply drag a corner handle.

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