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Keynote is Apple's iWork application for creating effective and impressive presentations. In Keynote '09 Essential Training, presentation designer Craig Syverson teaches new and experienced Keynote users how to apply this program to its full potential. Craig demonstrates the entire creative process, from building basic slides with text and images and using the new built-in themes, to distributing the final product. Exercise files accompany the course.
Keynote gives you many ways to organize your slide presentation. So, let's go through them, so you can see which one might work best for you. We have been working in this lesson plan using the Slide Navigator, which is pretty much the most common way to look through slides. Let me show you some of the features that are in the Slide Navigator that we haven't been using. One of them is the ability to create subcategories of a slide. So for instance, I can click here on slide 2 and press the Tab key. Notice that it indented, it became a child if you will of slide 1. This can help you create sections to your slideshow, thematic sections. So, for instance in this presentation we started off at the title slide, we have these opening statements and then by slide 7 we are starting to get into the mid of a presentation.
So I can consider slides 1 through 6, the introduction. So, I have already moved slide 2, let me click on slide 3 and Shift+Click over to slide 6. I can hit a Tab key. I can also click and drag. I've got to be a little careful because the interface can slip around a bit. You can see that triangle under 2, now let go and now they are under that same level. So, if I want to look at these slideshows through categories I could now disclose that triangle for slide 1 and understand, "Okay this is my opening section, I know that's covered, now I'm going to focus on this." This will help you keep your mind focused on what you are working on. Now, it might appear that when I play this slideshow, I'm going to go from slide 1 to slide 7.
Let me hit Play and you can see, it went from slide 1 to slide 2, so it did do the right thing, let me hit Escape. When I hit Escape, you can see now the Slide Navigator undisclosed that set. So putting it into a category like this doesn't mean that you are not showing the slide, it's just more of a visual organizational thing. However, if you did one skip them, you can do that. Let me show you that, we are going to select 2 and Shift+Select 6 and I'm going to Ctrl+Click and say Skip Slide and there you can see those 5 slides now have become the thin lines that have these yellow border around them. That means these slides are skipped.
So, let me show you that. Click on slide 1, press Play, slide 1 builds in, and it goes straight into slide 7. In fact the transition after slide 1 went to the transition of slide 7, just as if it were the next slide there because it behaves in the same way. I'll hit Escape to come out. So, skipping slides is a very safe way to experiment with not having a slide as a part of a presentation to see if it works without it. So, also always there, in fact if I click on it here, you can see it gives you a preview and to bring them back, which I'll do now, I'll Shift+Select this group, Ctrl+Click, Don't Skip Slide, it comes right back.
It's a good safe way to put a slide aside, while you're still deciding if you want it or not, many times if I'm about to change the design of one slide I'll duplicate that slide and then skip it, so that way I have a duplicate, it's sort of safely hidden there and I can work on the duplicate slide and make as many mistakes as I want without worrying about losing my layout.
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