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PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

Changing text alignment


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PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. What is PowerPoint?
      1m 50s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 19m 17s
    1. Managing your presentations with Backstage
      4m 14s
    2. Using the Office Ribbon
      4m 57s
    3. Customizing the view
      3m 42s
    4. Customizing the Office Ribbon
      6m 24s
  3. 41m 41s
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 19s
    2. Adding slides and content
      3m 24s
    3. Deleting slides and changing layouts
      2m 24s
    4. Rearranging slides
      1m 46s
    5. Saving time with Outline mode
      3m 51s
    6. Separating your show into sections
      5m 15s
    7. Adding photos and clip art
      5m 24s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 6s
    9. Using the thesaurus
      1m 17s
    10. Saving a presentation
      4m 22s
    11. Applying a theme
      3m 59s
    12. Running the show
      3m 34s
  4. 42m 39s
    1. Using fonts and color
      7m 17s
    2. Adding bullets and list numbering
      2m 10s
    3. Changing text alignment
      2m 13s
    4. Using picture effects
      5m 54s
    5. Removing backgrounds from photos
      5m 52s
    6. Understanding slide masters
      3m 7s
    7. Changing slide backgrounds
      3m 17s
    8. Adding a logo to the background
      6m 18s
    9. Applying slide transitions
      4m 33s
    10. Saving the design template
      1m 58s
  5. 17m 10s
    1. Creating tables
      2m 2s
    2. Formatting tables
      3m 57s
    3. Pasting tables from Excel
      5m 1s
    4. Creating charts
      2m 16s
    5. Pasting charts from Excel
      3m 54s
  6. 24m 43s
    1. Adding shapes
      3m 0s
    2. Moving, resizing, formatting, and rotating shapes
      5m 14s
    3. Adding text to shapes
      2m 57s
    4. Adding text boxes
      3m 54s
    5. Working with layers (Send to Back and Send to Front)
      5m 17s
    6. Animating text, shapes, and other objects
      4m 21s
  7. 13m 10s
    1. Adding an audio clip
      3m 16s
    2. Adding video
      5m 7s
    3. Cropping video
      4m 47s
  8. 14m 27s
    1. Adding organizational charts
      4m 59s
    2. Adding cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, and other diagrams
      9m 28s
  9. 26m 40s
    1. Printing a presentation
      5m 22s
    2. Adding speaker notes
      3m 3s
    3. Saving your presentation as a PDF
      3m 12s
    4. Presenting on another laptop (packaging)
      4m 28s
    5. Broadcasting on the web
      3m 52s
    6. Saving as a video
      3m 24s
    7. Using web apps through SharePoint
      3m 19s
  10. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

Video: Changing text alignment

Left, Center, Right, or Justified, the age-old question of alignment. PowerPoint makes switching alignment a snap with the four icons found in the Home tab of the Ribbon. Let's experiment with slide number 2. We'll select the text boundary for the title of the slide Introductions. With it selected, we can change the alignment currently on the left. Here I'll click on Center, or Right, or back to Left. But let's also look at slight number 3. Our Endorsement slide gives us an interesting opportunity to control the alignment.

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PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training
3h 24m Beginner Jun 17, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Using the Office 2010 Backstage View
  • Using and customizing the Office 2010 ribbon
  • Starting a presentation from scratch
  • Applying slide layouts for consistency
  • Rearranging slides
  • Running a presentation for an audience
  • Formatting with font, color, bullets, and alignment
  • Adding and customizing photos, clip art, shapes, audio, and video
  • Applying picture effects such as background removal, brightness, and color effects
  • Modifying slide masters
  • Adding a logo to the background
  • Adding and customizing tables, charts, diagrams, and data from Excel
  • Printing a presentation
  • Sharing a presentation with others through video, the web, SharePoint, and PDF
Subjects:
Business Presentations Computer Skills (Windows) Teacher Tools Education Student Tools
Software:
PowerPoint
Author:
David Diskin

Changing text alignment

Left, Center, Right, or Justified, the age-old question of alignment. PowerPoint makes switching alignment a snap with the four icons found in the Home tab of the Ribbon. Let's experiment with slide number 2. We'll select the text boundary for the title of the slide Introductions. With it selected, we can change the alignment currently on the left. Here I'll click on Center, or Right, or back to Left. But let's also look at slight number 3. Our Endorsement slide gives us an interesting opportunity to control the alignment.

This paragraph here may look better as Justified. Justified means that all of the words are spaced out to fully reach both left and right margins. It's how newspaper columns are almost always printed. Right now, this paragraph is set to Left. Let's change it to Center, Right, and now let's try Justified. Notice how text expands to the Left and Right margins. The restaurant owner's name and title might look better here aligned to the right.

I'll select both lines this time and come up and click on the Right-Align button. Did you know that alignment isn't just left to right? It's also top to bottom. In PowerPoint, we can align text to the top, middle, or bottom of the text box, too. Still in slide number three, let's right- click on our text box and choose Format Shape. As you can see, there are a lot of options here in the Format Shape dialog box. But let's focus on alignment for the time being. I'll click on Text Box on the left, and here I can change the Vertical alignment from Top to Middle, or Bottom.

Let's change it back to Middle and then hit Close. Alignment may seem pretty trivial, but it's an important step in making sure that our slides are easy to read. Also, keep in mind that the human brain prefers text to be left-aligned. It reads things easier that way, and too much text that's centered can be difficult to read. That doesn't mean you can't use Center, just use it sparingly and always be consistent.

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Q: How can I insert a PowerPoint presentation into a website?
A: PowerPoint 2010 presentations can be converted to HTML, by choosing “Save and Send” from Backstage View (the File menu). Then choose “Save to Web” followed by “Publish Slides”.  PowerPoint will save an HTML page that can be added to your site, as well as a folder of assets including slides, graphics, notes, etc. Both the HTML file and the assets folder must be uploaded to your remote site. Alternative solutions include converting the PowerPoint presentation to Flash, using Adobe Connect or a similar utility, or exporting to PDF and embedding the PDF on your site.  Check out the "Broadcasting on the web" video in PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training for more information.

The capability to “Save as HTML” has been removed from PowerPoint 2010 (although you can still invoke it using VBA if you are familiar with writing code).

However, PowerPoint 2010 gives us four alternatives which you may prefer.  Here’s a description of each and how you can use them:

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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