Lesson 2 - Formatting and Styling

 

OBJECTIVE

Powerpoint: formatting slides and modifying presentations.

 

GAMEPLAN

  • Slide one-touch formatting
  • Paragraph formatting
  • Themes
  • Variants
  • 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.

 

Slide Content

  • 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

 

DEMO

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.

 

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DISCUSSION PART 2

 

Templates/themes
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.

 

Inserts

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
  • Shapes
  • SmartArt
  • Word Art
  • Tables

 

 

DEMO

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

 

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TO DO

 

Tasks

 

Resources

 

 

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