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Adding mathematical equations

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One of the PowerPoint 2010's new features is the ability to add equations to your presentation. Users of Microsoft Word for the last decade have been able to do this. But those people using PowerPoint, professors especially of Physics, any kind of Science, have had it very difficult to add equations to their slideshow. With PowerPoint 2010, the same tools that are available in Microsoft Word are now available in PowerPoint. To demonstrate, we are going to add a new slide to our presentation. After we've shown our audience how they can come and see us in person or take a virtual tour online, we are going to add a new slide to show our audience the secret formula that we use for production.

Adding mathematical equations

One of the PowerPoint 2010's new features is the ability to add equations to your presentation. Users of Microsoft Word for the last decade have been able to do this. But those people using PowerPoint, professors especially of Physics, any kind of Science, have had it very difficult to add equations to their slideshow. With PowerPoint 2010, the same tools that are available in Microsoft Word are now available in PowerPoint. To demonstrate, we are going to add a new slide to our presentation. After we've shown our audience how they can come and see us in person or take a virtual tour online, we are going to add a new slide to show our audience the secret formula that we use for production.

We will change the layout, and through the Insert tab on the far right, we will pull down Equation. You'll see that PowerPoint comes with a number of equations already built-in. So this is the Pythagorean Theorem, the quadratic formula, and more. If I want to add one of these to my existing presentation, I just give it a click. There is the Binomial Theorem. But if I want to create one from scratch, I will use the Insert tab, and click on the Equation icon.

As you can see, a textbox appears where I can type my equation. You'll also note that the Equation tools design tab has appeared on the top of the Ribbon, allowing me great control over the formatting, and a variety of symbols that I want to include into my equation. As you can see, adding an equation is very simple to do, using pulldown menus, selecting text, selecting text, pulling down menus, and adding more information.

Just as you'd expect, you can also copy and paste, and you will see how PowerPoint automatically adjusts the Formula textbox based on what you've typed. Just like any other textbox, after you've created your equation, you can select the text and either right-click or return to the Home tab, and increase the size, reposition it, rotate it, and use any of the other available tools that PowerPoint has, to change the look of your text. So finally, a feature that's been available in Word and Excel is now here in PowerPoint for us to enjoy.

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