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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.
If it's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, you can save yourself a lot of typing by inserting a picture into your presentation. That's what we're going to look at right now using our Album presentation. And you can see, as we go through the different slides over in the thumbnails, when we get to slide 4, we do have an image of a person here, Maria who's the EVP of Sales. If we go back to slide 3, we've got a slide here for our President and CEO, but we don't have a picture. There are a number of different ways to insert a picture onto a slide here in PowerPoint.
One option is to make sure the Home tab is selected on the Ribbon and click the Picture button. This shows us a little menu with four options: The Photo Browser, which will open up our browser and allow us to drag photos into our slide. We could go browsing through folders by choosing Picture from File, so if you know exactly where your picture is that's a good option. We also another couple of options, when using ClipArt, now, these would be more generic images that are not personal, for example. We can use the ClipArt Browser. If we click that, you'll notice the Media Browser opens up with ClipArt selected, and here's where you can go through the various ClipArt images, choosing the different categories if you wanted to, until you find what it is you're looking for.
We'll just close this up and go back to Picture, and take a look at the ClipArt gallery. It's a different way to look at your clipart images. Here's your categories down the left, and now you can select the category, find what you're looking for and just drag it on to your slide, or click the Insert button. We'll just click Close though, because what we're looking for is stored in the exercise file, so we'll go back to the Picture button, and this time we'll choose Picture from File. Now you can navigate to your headshot image here for Jimmy, and that's what we want so I'm going to select it and click Insert. See the little preview? That's him. And now we've got our image on our slide.
So, we'll just position it by clicking and dragging from the center. We'll size it up so it's a little bit bigger. That looks pretty good. Now if we to go over to slide 4, you'll notice that this image here for Maria looks different than the image we just brought in for Jim, as far as the formatting goes. So, there're a number of things we can do with this picture once we get it onto our slide, that's what we're going to look at next.
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