What is PowerPoint? PowerPoint is a graphics program created to make it easier for the user to produce a quality presentation. Every few years Microsoft, the company that owns PowerPoint, will release a new version of the program. This is done to keep up with any new technology or to add new visual effects to the program. Just as most innovative pieces of technology do, PowerPoint has undergone a process to become what it is today.
PowerPoint, formally known as Presenter, was originally created by two PhD students of the University of California-Berkeley in 1984. This was turned into its first official version of software after Microsoft bought the rights in 1990 for Windows 3.0. From that day forward PowerPoint would become more popular among students and teachers with every update that came afterwards (brighthub.com).
Before PowerPoint, giving a presentation was much hassle and loads of preparation. What was being presented would have to be drawn out on a large board before being presented. Now, with PowerPoint, all you need to do is use a computer to enter text, pictures, and videos into an organized slide show to demonstrate a lecture.
The materials needed for creating a PowerPoint presentation include a computer, keyboard, mouse, and the Microsoft Office software for PowerPoint. A printer will also be needed if printing the presentation, but this is optional.
To begin creating a PowerPoint, you must do one of three things: right click the PowerPoint icon on your computer’s desktop, double left-click the PowerPoint icon on your computer’s desktop, or go into your computer’s File Explorer, usually found at the bottom left of your desktop on the taskbar, and left-click the Microsoft PowerPoint application from there. This will enable you to start up PowerPoint so that you may begin. The first thing that you will see on your screen is the title slide. This slide usually acts as the slide that will prompt the audience on the subject of your presentation. Most of the time, the title slide will consist only of the title of the presentation and the presenter’s name. To edit the text inside of the text boxes shown, all you need to do is click the text box, and type your desired text.
After creating your title slide, you will move onto new slides. To create a new slide, right-click the mini-slide on the left of your screen and click New Slide, under the Paste Options. You will now have a body slide on your screen. On this slide, a subtopic of your main topic will be displayed. The title of the subtopic will go in the upper text box, and information on the subtopic can be listed in bulleted form.
If you stop here in the creation of your presentation, all you will have is a few slides with the same text and a white background. In order to change the font type, font size, or font effects, you will need to highlight the desired text by double...