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In PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training, author David Diskin demonstrates how to engage an audience with images, video, sound, charts, and diagrams in professional presentations. The course also covers a variety of methods to share presentations with others, and provides comprehensive tutorials on how to design presentations that successfully deliver a quality message. Exercise files accompany the course.
Hi! I'm David Diskin, Certified Master of Microsoft Office. Welcome to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training! This course is for all users, those brand-new to PowerPoint, and those who have experience with this version and other ones. Basically, there is something here for everyone. Let's take a glimpse of what I'll be covering in this course. For starters, we'll create a presentation from scratch, adding slides, bullets, and photos to help convey your idea. I'll show you how to use the built-in themes, diagrams and photo effects to create professional-looking presentations with a very little effort.
Then I'll cover animating your slides and providing transitions between them that will add a touch of class to your presentation. You'll see how you can import video and easily trim it down to just the segments you want, add fades and control volume. Then I'll demonstrate sharing your work with others, over the Web, on DVD, and on paper. Through all of this, I'll give you timesaving shortcuts and provide a little expert advice. So, get comfortable, grab your beverage of choice, and come with me as I show you the essentials of Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.
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Create a Video – This feature converts your presentation into a .WMV file (video) which you can then upload to your own website, YouTube, Facebook, or just about anywhere else. If you upload it to a site like YouTube which permits embedding, you can then copy-and-paste the embed code directly into your own website. It will play when users click the Play button, much like you’ve probably seen on blogs and other websites. This feature includes your voice narration, slide advance timings, and video that you may have included.
Save to Web – This feature uploads your presentation to SkyDrive, a free file-hosting service by Microsoft that you can use for collaboration. You’ll need a Windows Live account first, but once you log in you can create folders and upload files directly from within PowerPoint 2010. Once uploaded, you can provide a public link to the presentation file which can then be added to your website. The presentation will open in visitors’ browsers with forward and back buttons, and they do not need a Windows Live account to view it.
Create PDF/XPS Document – By saving your presentation as a PDF, you can upload the PDF to your website and link to it. Most users will be able to load and watch the PDF presentation, and can advance slides manually. Note that this feature does not permit video, sound, animation, or transitions.
PowerPoint Viewer - A fourth option is to save your presentation as a Show (you’ll find this under the “Save As” menu) which creates a PPSX file. PowerPoint Shows are just like regular presentation files, except PowerPoint opens up in presentation mode to the first slide, and when finished it closes completely. The PPSX file can be uploaded to your website, and linked to. Users with PowerPoint 2007 or later will be able to open the presentation and watch it. For users without PowerPoint 2007 or later, you can provide a second link to the free Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer which they can then install on any Windows machine and watch your presentation.
The first three options discussed above can be started by choosing “Save and Send” from Backstage View (the File menu). Then choose the appropriate option based on your preference.
Note that if your organization has a SharePoint server, and your audience is limited to those with access to SharePoint, you may choose to “Save to SharePoint” instead for an easy, feature-rich solution.
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