Close all the wizards or help boxes that
appear when you load PowerPoint. All you need is a blank slide
ready to work on, as shown below (your screen may look slightly
different, depending on which version of PowerPoint you are using):
Whichever version of PowerPoint you are
using, you will need to use similar buttons and commands.
If you have worked with other Office programs before, you will
recognise most buttons instantly. Two areas unique to
PowerPoint are the "View" toolbar and teh "New Slide button".
Find them in your version of PowerPoint.
To complete this lesson, you need to know
about and use all these buttons. In the three task you are
asked to do, you need to know the basics of PowerPoint. You
should be able to use a Textbox, add in Word Art and insert a new
4. Before you can write anything in PowerPoint, you have to create
a box to write it - called a Textbox. Click on the Textbox
button and draw a box as wide as the screen and let go.
5. However high you made your Textbox, it always snaps back to one
line high - it expands as you type, so don't worry! Type
your name into the box and try to centre it.
6. Just as it is simple to create standard text, it is just as
simple to create WordArt. As you may have already done in
the Word or Publisher lesson, you click on the WordArt button and
draw a box for your text to appear. Do this and type your
name in again.
7. PowerPoint is all about 'slides' - these are separate screens
that are shown one after another. If you put together a
series of slides, you have a 'slideshow'.
8. Your first slide should have your name written in normal text
and in WordArt. If this was all you wanted on the first
slide, you simply press the 'new slide' button to create a new
slide. Do so now.
9. It looks as if you have lost your work - but don't worry.
If you pressed the correct button, all you have done is create a
new blank slide. Create a text box and add some text.
Perhaps explain how you get to school each day.
10. You now have a very basic slideshow. The tasks you need
to complete are going to help you learn more complicated skills,
but you have just covered the basics. Press 'Slideshow' and
then 'View Show' to view your presentation.
11. There are lots of ways to do the same thing in
PowerPoint. Can you spot a quick way to view your entire
I'm ready for the tasks