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Are you ready to get started? We're going to fire up Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, and begin with a completely empty screen. Just like an empty canvas, it's up to us to fill it up and create something magical - well, maybe not magical per se, but something that's going to wow our audience. Whether you're trying to sell them on a new product, deliver the quarterly results, or improve safety through training, you've got a goal in mind. As we work through PowerPoint, always keep in mind that goal. Every action you take, from the colors and fonts you used to the photos you insert, should take you and your audience one step closer to that goal. All right.
That's enough pep talk. Let's get down to business. There is no sample file for this video; instead, we're going to launch Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Then we'll click on the File menu and head Backstage. Since we want to start from scratch, we'll click New on the left. Here's Blank presentation, and we'll use that in a moment. But for now, let me point out some of these other options. A Template is a pre-created slideshow with both design and the content. These are great if you want a little push when you're just starting out.
Sample templates show you what was installed on your computer. PowerPoint comes with about ten, and each one already has a handful of slides that you can customize. Double-click on Project Status Report. This template has 11 slides, all with placeholder text, diagrams, and photos ready for you to change. Tap Page Down repeatedly, if you want to peruse the slides. When you're done, return to the File menu Backstage and choose Close.
If you're prompted, do not save changes. Now click on File, then New, so we can return to our available templates. Your employer might have created templates for you already. They would be available to you under My templates. The Office.com Templates collection provides even more starting points, including Calendars, Certificates, Schedules and more. You'll need an Internet connection to download these, but they're free for licensed Microsoft Office users. Finally, double-click on Blank presentation, so we can get started.
There is that empty canvas I was referring to. Now, creating a presentation is a little more difficult than just clicking New, but you've taken the first step, so let's continue on and learn how we can start adding some content.
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