Create a New Presentation with PowerPoint 2010

December 15, 2010, By Christian Cawley

Microsoft PowerPoint is the world’s most popular presentation creation and viewing software. With it, you can create anything from plain, clear bullet point slides to fun and fantastic, media-rich slideshows.

PowerPoint is so easy to use too – from the moment you run the application everything is waiting for you to get started, and a slide awaits your input, inviting you to click on it to add a title and some text.

Getting started with PowerPoint is so easy, and you’ll soon see why it is a far superior application to Google Presentation.

Getting started with Microsoft PowerPoint

Creating a New PowerPoint Presentation

With PowerPoint loaded for the first time, you can get started either by clicking Click to add title and Click to add subtitle, adding your title and subtitle as required, or by going to File > New and choosing from one of the many templates both stored in PowerPoint and available online through

Templates include photo albums, project reports and more, while you might also opt to apply one of several Themes. This option intelligently colour co-ordinates your presentation, automating the task of choosing fonts, backgrounds and colours. You can apply themes after your presentation content has been entered and saved, via Design > Themes.

If none of these are suitable for the presentation you want, in the New screen use the Search for templates search tool to find something suitable.

Saving and Printing in PowerPoint

With a presentation created and ready to view, you should first save it. There are several save options in PowerPoint, available via File > Save as. You might save in the default .PPTX format, or using the Save as type: drop down box choose the traditional .PPT format of PowerPoint 1997-2003 or even choose to save the presentation as .PDF to be viewed in Adobe Reader X.

In addition to the portable option that PDF brings to PowerPoint, your presentation can also be saved as Windows Media Video (.WMV)   or as straightforward graphics formats JPG, BMP or PNG.

Printing your PowerPoint file is a good way to allow your audience to make notes on the presentation, and there are several ways in which you can do this. Go to File > Print to open the Print options and use the Full Page Slides dropdown to select between Full Page Slides, Note Pages, Outline or any of the other options.

Viewing a Presentation

Finally, you will be ready to view your presentation. You should of course check it before displaying it in front of an audience, and this can be done via the Slide Show tab.

Here you will have several, options, beginning on the Start Slide Show tab with From Beginning. This isn’t the only way you can start the presentation in full screen mode – you might choose From Current Slide after selecting a slide from your presentation on the slides menu on the left.

Once the slideshow is running you can press Enter on the keyboard to progress, or if you have a remote use that device as instructed. To exit a slideshow mid-presentation, use your mouse to move to the small menu at the lower left of the presentation display and via the third button select End Show.

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