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Creating new presentations

From: PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Essential Training

Video: Creating new presentations

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.

Creating new presentations

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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PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Understanding PowerPoint
      2m 4s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 15m 58s
    1. Exploring the Presentation gallery
      4m 17s
    2. Understanding the Ribbon interface
      6m 7s
    3. Navigating presentations
      2m 56s
    4. Customizing the UI layout
      2m 38s
  3. 32m 42s
    1. Creating new presentations
      2m 56s
    2. Adding, removing, and arranging slides
      7m 5s
    3. Saving time with Outline mode
      5m 15s
    4. Separating slides into sections
      8m 37s
    5. Checking compatibility
      3m 15s
    6. Saving your presentations
      5m 34s
  4. 35m 23s
    1. Using themes
      4m 58s
    2. Creating your own themes
      2m 42s
    3. Changing the background
      5m 33s
    4. Designing slides
      3m 12s
    5. Working with slide layouts
      3m 58s
    6. Working with slide masters
      5m 51s
    7. Using headers and footers
      4m 25s
    8. Using and creating templates
      4m 44s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Adding text with text slides and boxes
      3m 37s
    2. Adding text to a shape
      2m 16s
    3. Formatting text on a slide
      5m 42s
    4. Changing character direction
      4m 11s
    5. Creating lists using bullets and numbering
      5m 25s
    6. Changing spacing and indents
      4m 17s
    7. Finding and replacing content
      4m 46s
  6. 25m 28s
    1. Adding a table to a slide
      4m 47s
    2. Editing and formatting tables
      4m 25s
    3. Pasting a table from Excel
      5m 11s
    4. Inserting a chart
      5m 42s
    5. Pasting a chart from Excel
      5m 23s
  7. 26m 40s
    1. Inserting pictures and clip art
      2m 18s
    2. Replacing and adjusting pictures
      6m 40s
    3. Drawings and SmartArt
      6m 29s
    4. Adding video to a slide
      5m 53s
    5. Adding sound to a presentation
      5m 20s
  8. 18m 7s
    1. Using a template with animation
      5m 35s
    2. Animating objects on a slide
      6m 1s
    3. Using slide transition effects
      6m 31s
  9. 15m 7s
    1. Checking spelling
      5m 25s
    2. Finding synonyms, definitions, and translations
      4m 23s
    3. Setting AutoCorrect options
      5m 19s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Using speaker notes
      3m 50s
    2. Showing and navigating a presentation
      4m 56s
    3. Using pointer options
      3m 59s
    4. Using presenter tools with two screens
      3m 44s
    5. Creating a self-running slideshow
      6m 40s
    6. Playing a self-running slideshow
      3m 44s
    7. Adding hyperlinks to a presentation
      5m 7s
    8. Using action buttons
      8m 53s
  11. 28m 5s
    1. Using comments
      3m 58s
    2. Printing notes, handouts, and slides
      4m 17s
    3. Sending a slideshow to iPhoto
      2m 57s
    4. Creating PowerPoint pictures
      2m 43s
    5. Creating a PowerPoint movie
      3m 56s
    6. Creating a PDF presentation
      1m 49s
    7. Creating custom slideshows
      3m 57s
    8. Broadcasting a presentation over the web
      4m 28s
  12. 8m 52s
    1. Changing PowerPoint preferences
      3m 29s
    2. Customizing the Ribbon and toolbars
      5m 23s
  13. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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