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Recommended PowerPoint Design Techniques

Summary Slides to Show Agenda

Navigate Your Presentation with Keyboard Shortcuts

Deliver Your PowerPoint Presentation over the Web

Email Your PowerPoint Handouts


Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular presentation graphics program that is widely utilized by businesspeople, educators and trainers. As an excellent graphical tool, PowerPoint can enhance your presentation with graphs, pictures and animations. However, many people complain that a PowerPoint presentation can detract from the overall presentation and not let the audience focus on the presenter.  For this reason, we recommend these techniques and tools.

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Recommended PowerPoint Design Techniques

Below is an example of slide of that does not use recommended PowerPoint Design Techniques.  Please note that the slide is hard to read and the graphics are overbearing.

More information with PowerPoint Pointers:
Pointers for Successful PowerPoint Presentations
Presentation Pointers
Vicki Blackwell's PowerPoint Pointers

Creating a Summary Slide

Need an introduction, agenda or conclusion for your PowerPoint presentation. PowerPoint provides a quick method of adding a Summary Slide to your existing presentation. The slide can then be renamed Introduction or Agenda, or you can copy it to the end of your presentation and rename it Conclusion or Review.
To create a summary slide from the titles of other slides:

  1. Open the completed presentation you want to add a summary slide to.
  2. On the View menu, click Slide Sorter.
  3. In slide sorter view, select the slides with the titles you want to use. To select multiple slides, hold down Ctrl and click the slides you want. (Be sure to select the slides that will best summarize your presentation.)
  4. On the Slide Sorter toolbar, click Summary Slide.
  5. A new slide, titled "Summary Slide," with bulleted titles from the selected slides, appears in front of the first selected slide.
  6. Double-click the new slide to edit it. You can change the title, edit existing bullets, or add new ones.

Navigate Your Presentation with Keyboard Shortcuts

Your audience may be annoyed watching you hunt for slide or fumble with PowerPoint.  Try these keyboard shortcuts to when navigating a presentation to look like a presentation pro.

Advance to the next slide
N, ENTER, PAGE DOWN, RIGHT ARROW, DOWN ARROW, or the SPACEBAR (or click the mouse)
Return to the previous slide P, PAGE UP, LEFT ARROW, UP ARROW, or BACKSPACE
End a slide show
Stop or restart an automatic slide show
Go to slide <number>
Display a black screen, or return to the slide show from a black screen
Display a white screen, or return to the slide show from a white screen
Hide the pointer 
Redisplay hidden pointer and/or change the pointer to an arrow 
Return to the first slide Both mouse buttons for 2 seconds
Note: If at anytime you forget the Keyboard Shortcuts, press the F1 to display the Slide Show Help window.

Deliver Your PowerPoint Presentation over the Web

You can save PowerPoint presentations as Web pages for distribution to people who do not have  the PowerPoint Application by saving the file as a .mht file.  A .mht file can be opened in any web browser.  To save your PowerPoint presentation as a .mht file, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the presentation you wish to save as a web page.

  2. Select File, Save As Web Page.

  3. Name the presentation and select a location to save it to.  In the Save as Type box, select Single File Webpage.

  4.  Click Save.

Email Your PowerPoint Handouts

While PowerPoint provides no direct way of emailing handouts, you can send the Handouts to Word, save them as a Word document and then email them as attachments.

When you have completed the design and content of your presentation, select File, Send to, Microsoft Word from the PowerPoint menu.  Chose the option you prefer, make sure Paste is selected and click OK.

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