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 with New selected over here on the left and I wanna start with a completely blank presentation, meaning something with no preset graphics, images, or backgrounds. So I'm gonna double click Blank Presentation. And now we're looking at a new presentation with a default first slide. And that contains two text boxes we can customize to add a title and a subtitle. These are called placeholders. I'm gonna click where it says click to add title, that placeholder text immediately disappears and now I have a flashing cursor which means I can start typing.
Throughout this course, I'm gonna be working on a presentation for a fictitious chain of hotels called Landon Hotels. Now if I press Return or Enter, that takes me to the next line within this placeholder. I don't want two lines of text in my title in this case, so I'm gonna press backspace to go back. To move to the next placeholder, I'm instead going to click there. Again, the text disappears and I can type in my own. And I'll click outside of the text box to see how my slide looks so far. As soon as you type in the placeholder box, 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 the box again, and I'll go to the next slide and add some more text. Also note that you don't have to use all the placeholders on a slide. I'm just gonna go ahead and delete this and if I click outside, we'll see the original subtitle placeholder. But if I view this in slideshow mode by clicking this button down here, and that's the viewing mode for presenting, notice that we don't see that placeholder text. So you don't have to delete placeholders if you're not using them. I'm gonna press Escape to leave slideshow mode. Now you can delete placeholders by clicking on the border and pressing Delete on your keyboard.
And you might wanna do that if you're sure you're not gonna be using a placeholder and you find it distracting to have it there on the slide. I'm gonna undo that again though by pressing Control + Z. And I'll type in the original subtitle again. Alright, so there's my title slide. Let's add another slide. Up here in 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. I'm gonna press Control + Z to undo that. Or you can click down here where it says New Slide below that and this allows us to choose a different layout for the slide.
So from here, you can choose a layout that's closest to what you have in mind for the information you wanna present. So for example, if I wanna have two columns of text, I might choose the one called Two Content. And that's what that looks like. I'm gonna undo that with Control + Z. Or if you want a picture with a caption, you can choose that option to see how that slide is laid out. And we'll do undo that. But arguably one of the most common and useful slides is the default one you get by clicking the New Slide button. And that one's called Title and Content. And again, this has placeholders for a title and a bulleted list.
So I've added a new slide, we can see the slide's thumbnail over here on the left. It's currently empty because there's no text on the slide yet. But I can click here where it says click to add title, and I'll type in some text. And down here in the content area, I can also click to add text. Now notice we also have these icons in the center of the placeholder. These are actually buttons which allow you to quickly add different types of content. So I could add a table here, I could add a chart, or I could browse for an image to add. But in this case, I just wanna add some text so again click where it says click to add text and I'll start typing.
And I'm just pressing Return after each item to move to the next bullet point. Now even with content in the placeholders, I can still change the layout of the slide by coming up here to the Layout menu. And from here, I can choose different layouts. You can see the content does get shifted around and I can determine if I like any of these better than the layout I started out with. I'll just switch back to the original layout. Alright, so now I have two slides in my presentation and I can switch between them by clicking their thumbnails. Anytime I need to work on one, I just click its thumbnail and I can start editing it.
Alright, now I should probably save this presentation so I don't lose any work. We can either go to the File tab and then go to Save. Or we can just click the Save button here at the top of the window in the Quick Access bar. I'm gonna choose to save this to my desktop so I'm gonna click Browse, and I'll find my desktop over here. And maybe I'll just call this Landon_Presentation. Now we can also choose to save this to an online location like your personal OneDrive account or your business OneDrive 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 just wanna save it locally here in my computer and again, I'm saving it to the desktop. This is also where you can choose the format you want to save the presentation in. In most cases, you'll just go with the default PowerPoint Presentation format. If you need to save your presentation so people with older versions of PowerPoint can view it, choose the PowerPoint 97 2003 Presentation format. There are also several special formats here for specific situations but you'll most likely not need to use them. Alright, so I'll click Save. So I have 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