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So, the block of clay is before us and all we have to do is choose aloud our presentation. We started from a completely new file, with nothing but a Click to add title placeholder atop a Click to add subtitle one. Let's start chiseling. Using your mouse, click on the top placeholder that says Click to add title. The text disappears, and now you can use your keyboard to type. Go ahead and enter the name of your presentation. Keep it short. When you're done typing, don't press Enter like you would in Excel or Word; instead, just use your mouse again, this time clicking on the subtitle placeholder below.
Here you can add your subtitle, a catchy name or maybe even your name and date. We'll talk about colors and fonts in the next video. For now, let's add a second slide. From the Home tab of the Ribbon, pull down the New Slide menu. Be careful not to click on the New Slide button just above. This will create a new slide without asking you what layout you want to use. The menu reveals a variety of slide layouts. These are pre-created, using placeholders like the ones you've just typed into, to give you a variety of ways to present information on the slide.
Let's insert a slide with a title and content. If you look to the left, you'll see two thumbnails: our original slide one, and our new empty slide two. Click on the upper placeholder, add a title, and then place your cursor in the lower placeholder where it says Click to add text. This particular placeholder is already formatted with bullets. Let's use them. Type a few words, then press Enter to start a new bullet.
Repeat the process as many times as you need to add each bullet. Just a quick suggestion: Bullets should rarely have complete sentences; instead, use brief phrases. Let's add another slide, this time with a more complex layout. Again, I'll pull down the New Slide menu, and I'll choose the Comparison layout option. Notice it appears as slide number three on the left, and that it has a two-column layout with a header for each column.
Let's get some text in each of these five placeholders. Notice how you can click on the thumbnails of each slide on the left to view that slide and edit it. You can edit your text at any time by using your mouse to click on the text box and your keyboard to correct. We can repeat the process I showed you to add as many slides as necessary. How many slides are necessary? There's never an answer for that. But if you suspect that you've got too much content, then you probably do. Time to trim it down. So now, our timeless statue is starting to take shape.
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