Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Converting the outline into an initial slide deck, part of PowerPoint: From Outline to Presentation.
Okay. You have your outline and hopefully it’s approved by anybody who needed to review it. At this point, let’s jumpstart the process and turn that outline into a slide deck. Now, the first thing you’re going to do is launch PowerPoint. The second thing you’re going to do is make sure that the document you need is not open. In order for this to work, you have to be using a closed Word document. Choose the theme you want to use. In this case, I'm going to use the Rules design slides, and open that up.
I'll click Create, and a new presentation is formed. Now at this point there are five sample slides in the presentation. To give me an idea of what the theme looks like. I'm just going to press Delete to get rid of those, because I'm not going to use them. There they go. And I'll switch over in the View tab to Outline View. Now, this lets me see the outline. I could click to start adding or typing, but what I want to do is, insert things. So we'll come back to Home for a second. And I'll choose New Slide > Slides From Outline.
And at this point, you navigate to the document. It doesn't matter if you're using the older Word DOC, or the newer DOCX format. Either will work. And you just click Insert. And note how quickly PowerPoint built the whole presentation. I could of course see things and modify them here. But you'll note that the heading level ones became the titles on the slides. And everything that was slated a heading level two, became a bullet. Now, some these are going to need to be formatted because that's way too small and it goes off the page.
But. As a starting point. This is still exceptionally fast. Because I've gone from having really nothing. To about half of my work done. With one menu click.
This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington.
- Setting a schedule and goals
- Working in stages
- Building an outline
- Using an outline to create your initial slides
- Formatting text
- Changing templates and themes
- Using photos, shapes, and charts in PowerPoint
- Adding video
- Animating your slideshow
- Consolidating, testing, and rehearsing you presentation