Creating and Copying Slides with PowerPoint 2010

December 16, 2010, By Christian Cawley

When creating a PowerPoint presentation for the first time there are several tools that you need to be aware of. While starting a new document and inserting images are both pretty straightforward, the Home tab on the ribbon menu will help you to adjust the layout, apply text formatting and apply an overall design to your presentation.

Note also that there are some similarities here with Microsoft Word, so if you have already got to grips with the popular word processing application you shouldn’t have too many problems understanding and applying these tools.

Creating bullet points in PowerPoint

Managing Slides in PowerPoint

When you get started with your first presentation, you will need to know how to add a new slide.  This is done via the Slides section of the Home tab, with the New Slide button. Here you can select from some pre-configured slide layouts, or even Duplicate Selected Slides in the side menu.

Alterations to the layout of an existing slide can be made using the Layout drop down menu, while changes can be undone with the Undo arrow in the top left corner of the screen; you might prefer to simply Reset any positional changes you have made to elements on the current slide.

As described above, the tools available in PowerPoint are very similar to those found in Microsoft Word. One such similarity is the way in which text can be copied and pasted.

While you might prefer the keyboard shortcuts of CTRL+X to cut and CTRL+V to paste, alternatives in PowerPoint facilitate the pasting of styled elements or raw text; these tools are accessed via the Clipboard section on the Home tab. The Paste button is particularly useful, and you can choose to Use Destination Theme or Keep Source Formatting as well as paste images or raw text.

Managing Bullets and Fonts in PowerPoint 2010

It is probably fair to say that the majority of PowerPoint presentations feature bullet points. While these will be addressed in more detail later, you still need to know how to create a bullet list or even a numbered list.

This can be done by first typing a list of items or statements or “points” to be considered in your slide, selecting the list and then choosing the Bullets tool in the Paragraph section. This has several style options, from standard round bullets to ticks. The Bullets and Numbering… option available via the drop down will give you the opportunity to add small images as bullets. Note that the Numbering button will allow you to add a numbered list.

Other Paragraph tools allow you to adjust indents and justification as with Word. One particularly useful button is Line Spacing which will let you specify the distance between lines. This can prove vital in the limited real estate of a PowerPoint slide – but remember that less is more.

Align Text and Text Direction can also be put to good use, aiding in the positioning and legibility of a particular text box on a slide.

Mastering these basic tools will allow you to get great results from your presentations!

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