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In PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Essential Training, author David Rivers demonstrates how to create effective slideshows and dynamic presentations using the tools in Microsoft PowerPoint 2011. The course provides in-depth instructions for changing the look of presentations: using built-in and custom themes, formatting text, inserting tables and charts, adding pictures and SmartArt drawings, and adding animation. It also shows how to proof presentations and ready them for viewing, and gives details on the different ways to share presentations. Exercise files are included with the course.
When you are ready to create a new presentation in PowerPoint, there are a couple of considerations to take into account. So that's what we are going to do right now. We will start by closing anything you might have open onscreen by clicking the close button in the very top left-hand corner. You don't need to save any of your changes at this point. When you close up the very last one, you are left with this blank screen. You can see we have got our PowerPoint menu bar across the very top but nothing to work on. So now your options are to close down PowerPoint and restart, where you will see that Presentation Gallery, or simply go up to the File menu and choose one of the two new options.
The first one is New Presentation, and this will create a new blank presentation. Command+N is the keyboard shortcut. If you want some help getting started by having some sample slides, some themes, and layout already created for you, you might choose New from Template. This is going to open up that Presentations Gallery we see every time we launch PowerPoint, so let's go there first. Now you are going to see the very last place you left off using the Presentation Gallery if you have used it before, such as when you launch PowerPoint. So you can see the last layout or template you chose, and you can move your mouse across these to get a feel for some of the slides and their layouts, and you can scroll through the list, just to get a feel for what you are about to create.
There is also a zoom slider at the very bottom, so if you want to be able to see smaller thumbnails, just drag that to the left. You get to see more options in this middle panel. And still, you can hover over the slides with your mouse to see some sample slides. So if you didn't want to create a brand- new presentation and choose one of these templates, it's just a simple matter of clicking with it selected. If you want to change the color scheme, font scheme, or the slide size, you could do so from the right-hand panel and then simply click Choose. And this will create a brand-new presentation using that template.
Notice that the template has a number of pre-designed slides for you. They have notes. These are to help you in the creation of your presentation. And when you go up to the very top left- hand corner to close it up, it's gone. If you haven't made any changes, you are now prompted to save them. Now let's go back to the File menu and choose New Presentation. If you prefer to use the keyboard, it's Command+N. Notice this creates a brand-new presentation, with one blank slide. It's a title slide where you have a placeholder for a title and a subtitle. But as you look over here on the left-hand side in the Navigation pane, that's all you have: one blank slide.
This is a brand-new blank presentation. You are going to be starting off from scratch, creating your own slides, creating your own themes, backgrounds, creating the layouts of the slides, and inserting new slides as you go. So these are the different ways for you to start a brand-new presentation in PowerPoint 2011.
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