Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Microsoft PowerPoint to create or modify an outline, part of PowerPoint: From Outline to Presentation.
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While my personal preference is to use Microsoft Word to create the outline, I wanted to show you how you can do the same task inside of PowerPoint. Now, I think it's a little bit more convoluted, and it doesn't really give you that effective barrier of separation. Why do I want separation? Well, I like the actual act of thinking twice. By building it in Word and then moving it into PowerPoint, it forces me to look at the whole outline two times. And that's going to catch mistakes. But, let me quickly show you how to build an outline inside a PowerPoint in case you have access to any other software.
When you launch PowerPoint you'll just choose the template that you want to use. In this case, I've downloaded the Rules Designs Slides template, by just typing in rules up here in the search box. When I click on that, it'll build the new document. So I'll just click Create. Now, by default, you see there is all these slides pre-populated. What I want to do is switch my view. Let's go over to the View tab here and I'll choose the Outline View. You'll note when I do that, that the outline becomes available.
Now, if I want to get rid of entire slides, I could just click and delete. Or I can highlight multiple items and delete. And you'll note that it's pretty simple. You just click and add your first slide. When you press return it makes another slide. However, if I press the Tab key, it will indent and add the text. And with each return, it keeps doing that. When you're ready to make a new slide, Shift+Tab will out-dent and create a new slide. So, essentially, you just go through and create.
You could, of course, change the layout of the slide as you work with it. But you'll very quickly get the idea that this is one way to build the outline. Now I personally find it much slower than using Microsoft Word, but if you have to, you can use the outline view in PowerPoint.
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