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Chapter 16. Basic PowerPoint > Step 1: Specify a Design

16.2. Step 1: Specify a Design

Even though your slides may display different kinds of information—text, charts, tables, and pictures, for example—it's usually best if they follow a consistent plan that uses the same fonts, background graphics, color scheme, and so on. The design sets the overall tone for the presentation, so choosing one that suits the topic and audience is critical.

Thankfully, Microsoft makes life easier for presentation newbies by providing an assortment of prefab designs. They let you start building your slideshow without having to waste a lot of time on the design elements—or even placing the text on the slides. As soon as you launch PowerPoint, the first thing you see is the Project Gallery, which should look familiar if you've used Word 2004 or Excel 2004. (See page 657 for full detail on the Project Gallery.)


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