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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.
Just before we begin to explore the many features and functions of PowerPoint 2011, it might be a good idea to investigate what PowerPoint is, and the types of files you might create with it. If you are already familiar with PowerPoint - maybe you have used previous versions - you can probably skip this movie; otherwise, in simple terms Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentations application, and like the definition implies, this allows you to create professional quality presentations or slideshows right from your own computer.
Remember, those 35-millimeter slides you'd slip into a projector wheel? Well, PowerPoint replaces that, and with PowerPoint 2011, you will find you are able to easily communicate your message in a variety of presentation formats, with little to no experience in slideshow or graphic design. Now you can create presentations for communicating the status on a project, or maybe you want to pitch a product or maybe you just want to show a bunch of photos like you used to with those 35- millimeter slides; maybe it's to train people. The list goes on.
In this course, you will find it's broken up into several chapters, and to give you some experience with a variety of presentations, we will work with a number of different types of presentations in the various chapters as we cover the individual tools, features, and functions of PowerPoint 2011. So this will include a business presentation for relaying company information, for example. You will also find that we are going to be showing photos using a kind of a photo gallery type presentation, and we are also going to work with what we would call a kiosk-style presentation, one that's somewhat self-running.
So, for example, it might be a quiz where people are interactive with the various slides, answering questions as the slides go by. In the end, you will have worked with several different types of presentations while learning about the various features and functions of PowerPoint 2011. So now that you know a little more about what you can create with PowerPoint, it's time to start doing it.
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