This video shows how to create a PowerPoint presentation from scratch.
- [Instructor] Now, let's take a look at how to create a presentation from scratch. I'm here in the presentation gallery again and I want to start with a completely blank presentation, meaning something with no preset graphics, images, or backgrounds. I'm gonna double-click blank presentation. Now, we're looking at a new presentation with the default first slide containing text boxes we can customize to add a title and a subtitle. These are called placeholders. I'll click where it says double tap to add a title and that placeholder text immediately disappears, and now I have a flashing cursor. That means I can just start typing.
Throughout this course, I'll be working on a presentation for a fictitious chain of hotels called Landon Hotels. (clicking) If I press enter or return, that takes me to the next line. I don't want two lines of text in my title, in this case, so I'll just press backspace to undo that. To move to the next placeholder, I'll instead just click it. Again, the text disappears and I can type in my own. (clicking) I'll click outside that text box to see how my slide looks so far.
As soon as you type in a placeholder, clicking outside of it hides the borders of the box so you can check out how the slide really looks. To continue working on or editing text, just click inside it again and start typing. (clicking) Also note that you don't have to use all the placeholders on a slide. I'm gonna hit Ctrl + Z a couple of times until I get back to just the original subtitle placeholder. Now, if I click outside that box, I still see the placeholder, but if I show this in slideshow mode, which is the viewing mode for presenting, notice we don't see that placeholder text.
Now, press escape here. You don't have to delete placeholders if you're not using them. You can delete them, though, by clicking on the border and then pressing delete. You might wanna do that if you're sure you're not gonna use a placeholder and you find it distracting to have it there on the slide. I'm gonna undo that again, though, and I'll type in the original subtitle again. (clicking) There's my title slide. Let's add another slide. Up here on the home tab of the ribbon, you can either click the new slide button, which immediately adds a new slide.
In this case with a title placeholder and a bulleted list placeholder, press Ctrl + Z to undo that, or you can click below that button where it says new slide and this allows you to choose a different layout. From here, you can choose a layout that's closest to what you have in mind for the information you want to present. For example, if you wanna have two columns of text, you might choose the one called two content, which looks like this. I'll undo that. Or you might want a picture with a caption which looks like this.
But arguably, one of the most common and useful slides is the default one you get by clicking the new slide button and that gives you the layout called title and content. Again, that has placeholders for a title and a bulleted list. You can see, now the slide's thumbnail has appeared here on the left. Now, I can click to add text. (clicking) In the content area, I can also click to add text, but notice these icons in the center of the placeholder. These are actually buttons which allow you to quickly add different types of content.
I could click to add a table (clicking) or a chart (clicking) or a video, (clicking) but in this case, I just wanna add some text. I'll click here where it says double tap to add text and I'll start typing. (clicking) I'm just pressing return after each item to move to the next bullet point. (clicking) Now, even with the content in the placeholders, I can still change the layout of the slide by coming up here to the layout menu and here I can choose different layouts.
I can see each one shifts around the content and I can determine if I like any of these better than the layout I started with. I'll switch back to the original layout. Now, I have two slides in my presentation and I can switch between them by clicking their thumbnails over here. Any time I need to work on one, I just click it's thumbnail and I can start editing it. All right, now I should probably save this presentation so I don't lose any work. You can either click the file tab to go to save from here or you can just click the save button here at the top of the window in the quick access bar.
I'll click browse and just browse to my desktop and maybe I'll just call this Landon Presentation. Again, I'm saving this on my desktop, but you could also, but you could also choose to save this at an online location like your personal One Drive account or your business One Drive account if you have one, which would allow you to access this presentation from any computer connected to the internet. But in this case, I'll just save this locally here on my computer.
This is also where you can choose the format you wanna save the presentation in. In most cases, you'll just go with the default PowerPoint presentation format here at the top of the menu. If you need to save your presentation so people with older versions of PowerPoint can open it, you can choose the PowerPoint 97 to 2003 presentation format and there are also several specialty formats here for specific situations. But you'll most likely not need to use them. I'll click save and now I've got a good start on building my presentation. It's now saved and I'm ready to keep working on it.
- Creating a new presentation
- Adding slides and sections
- Adding and formatting text
- Adding photos, audio, and video
- Changing themes
- Working with transitions
- Presenting and navigating your slide deck
- Saving to the cloud
- Sharing and collaborating with others