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Before we dive in, I want to give you a chance to understand what Microsoft PowerPoint is. If you've already got some experience with PowerPoint, in whatever version, then you might skip this little video. PowerPoint, for over 20 years, is the ubiquitous tool to aid speakers during a presentation in front of a live audience. As a user, you create slides, a reference to the 35-millimeter slides and projectors from yesteryear. You add text, graphics, photos, and even video to these slides, and use them to help present your idea to the audience.
Armed with your laptop and perhaps a remote control, you can become a dynamic speaker with PowerPoint, illustrating your ideas on a screen behind you. Of course, PowerPoint has grown beyond that 35-millimeter reference. Today's PowerPoint lets you save your presentations to the Web, broadcasting them to the audiences around the Internet. You can convert your presentation to a variety of formats, sharing them with others. You can save it as video, PDF, and even HTML. You can even upload your file to YouTube, complete with your voiceover narrations, animations, and any video you've embedded.
Because PowerPoint is part of the Microsoft Office system, it allows interaction between other Office applications; for example, spreadsheets you create in Excel can be copy and pasted into a PowerPoint slide. The interface that you use for Word, including tools like Spellcheck and Language Translation are available in PowerPoint and work the same way. So what isn't PowerPoint? Although PowerPoint does offer easy-to- use and somewhat powerful graphics tools, it's not a replacement for a professional graphics suite and should not be used to print high-resolution images.
It's also not a full-featured video editor, though you can use it to import video and make minor changes like trim and fade. But for all the things that PowerPoint is, I think you'll agree that it's a fantastic tool for anyone that needs to pass information on to others. So, let's start learning how to use it.
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