Introduction to PowerPoint 2003
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Starting PowerPoint

Layouts, Text and Slides

Design Templates and Images

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Elements of a Good Presentation

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Design Templates and Images

This section describes how to use Design Templates to change the appearance of your slides. It also describes how to insert and manipulate images on your slide.

To change the design template:

Step 1:
Go to View->Task Pane. Verify that this option has a checkmark next to it. If it does not, click once on the "Task Pane" option.

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Step 2:
You will see the current Task Pane on the right-hand side of the PowerPoint window. This Task Pane should be labeled "Slide Design". If it is not, click once on the directional arrow to the right of the Task Pane title, and select "Slide Design."

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Step 3:
You will see a number of design templates displayed in the Task Pane. Use the scrollbar to browse through the available templates.

Step 4:
Click once on the design template you would like to apply to your presentation.

If you would like to apply the design template to only selected slides, mouse over the desired template, and click on the arrow button that appears on the left side of the template icon. From the menu given, choose Apply to Selected Slides.

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To insert a picture into your presentation :

Option #1: If you have already saved the picture you would like to insert, go to Insert->Picture->From File, and navigate to your picture file. Select your file, and click “Insert”. Your picture will appear on the current slide.

Option #2: If you would like to insert clip art:

i. Go to Insert->Picture->Clip Art. You will see that the "Insert Clip Art" task pane is visible on the right side of the PowerPoint window.

ii. If you know what kind of clip art you want, enter a word that describes it in the text box labeled "Search Text," and hit <Search>. Otherwise, simply hit <Go>.

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iii. Use the scrollbar to browse through available clip art.

iv. Click once on the clip art you would like to insert. Your clip art will appear on the current slide, with sizing handles visible.


To change the shape of a picture :

Step 1:
Move your cursor over the picture and click once to select it. You will see a number of small circles appear along the edge of the picture. These circles are called "sizing handles." There is also one green circle, which is used to rotate the image.

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Step 2:
Click on one of the sizing handles that appears on a side of the picture, hold the mouse button down, and drag the handle to change the shape of the picture. Your pointer will be a double-sided arrow when you are directly over a sizing handle. You are distorting the picture by stretching or squishing it.

Step 3:
Release the mouse button when you have achieved the desired shape.


To change the size of a picture :

Step 1:
Move your cursor over the picture and click once. You will see the sizing handles described above.

Step 2:
Click your cursor on one of the sizing handles that appears on the corner of the picture, hold the mouse button down, and drag the picture to make it smaller or larger. Using these corner handles maintains the original proportions of the image (it does not stretch or squish).

Step 3:
Release the mouse button when you have achieved the desired size.


To move a picture :

Option #1: Using the mouse:

i. Move your cursor over the picture until the cursor looks like this screen shot.

ii. Click the mouse button, hold the button down, and drag the picture to change its location.

iii. Release the mouse button when you are satisfied with the location of the image.

Option #2: Using the direction arrow keys:

i. Move your cursor over the picture.

ii. Click the mouse button once.

iii. Use the direction keys to move the picture vertically, horizontally, right, and left. This option works well when you need to adjust the position very precisely, or just a tiny bit.

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