Lesson 2 - Formatting and Styling
Powerpoint: formatting slides and modifying presentations.
- Slide one-touch formatting
- Paragraph formatting
- Changing only font or color themes
DISCUSSION PART 1
Slide Sizing - Design Tab
The Design tab allows you to set the physical format of your slide.
- Use the Customize section, Slide Size, and choose Custom Slide Size for options.
- Slides need no margins since they are screen-based media.
- You can also format the background with different fill and gradient colors.
- Because Powerpoint is a presentation program, your content will be mainly
bulleted lists of highlights to whatever topic you plan to present.
- Powerpoint is not designed for word processing, or big chunks of text
- It is designed to be a visual and animating program.
- Bulleted lists appear in levels of hierarchy, or levels of bullet types.
- You are not constrained by embedded text placement like Word - you can move
any text or object at will.
Text Formatting - Home Tab
You can manually change the way your text looks.
- Set bold, italic, and underlining.
- Change alignments and spacing
- Change the font color and size.
- Change paragraph settings
- Add quick shapes
- Reset your slide or slides to their default style
Format Painter - Home Tab
- Allows you to "capture" an existing style and apply it to any text
you click on.
- Single-click applies once
- Double-click locks so you can reuse it
We will create a simple presentation with several slides.
- Create a new presentation, and save it in your computer as presentationbasics.pptx
- Let's play with one-touch styling.
DISCUSSION PART 2
Powerpoint offers dozens of built-in page layout themes with colorful palettes.
Use the Design tab.
- Common theme thumbnails appear in the ribbon.
- The left-most is the Current Theme
- Clicking other thumbnails to the right of the Current will change to
that of the thumb you choose.
- Note that each ‘Theme” comes with colors and layouts built-in,
and different use of fonts.
- Color Palette Selection
- Once you choose a theme, you can change the colors in it with dropdown palettes.
- Font Selection
- Once you choose a theme, you can change the fonts in it with dropdown palettes.
- Effects Selection
- Once you choose a theme, you can change the effects that impact any shapes
and lines you add in it with dropdown palettes.
Half the fun is inserting (Insert tab) the graphic data and effects you need to communicate your messaging. You can insert using the built-in placeholders, or simply at whim.
- Header and Footer
- Images from computer
- Images from the web
- Word Art
Modify a basic Powerpoint show to look at basic themes.
- Download basicthemes.pptx and
save it on your computer.
- Play with themes, inserts, headers/footers, and transitions