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Part 4. Using PowerPoint > Task 3 How to Build a Presentation from Scratch

Task 3 How to Build a Presentation from Scratch

If you're the adventurous type, you might prefer creating your own PowerPoint presentations and designs. Rather than relying on a preset color scheme or format, you can build a blank presentation and add your own touches. After you start a blank presentation, you can add text boxes, attach graphics, and set backgrounds and colors as needed.

  1. Start a Blank Presentation

    From the PowerPoint New Presentation task pane, click the Blank Presentation option link. If the task pane isn't onscreen, open the File menu and select New; PowerPoint displays the task pane again.



  2. View Layouts

    PowerPoint opens a blank slide in the work area, and the Slide Layout task pane appears. Use the scrollbars to scroll through and view the available layouts.



  3. Select a Layout

    Click to select the layout you want to assign to the blank slide. You can click the Blank layout to create a completely blank slide, or you can choose from layouts that already have text boxes and graphic boxes positioned and ready to be filled in.



  4. View the Applied Layout

    PowerPoint applies the selected layout to the slide. Click the task pane's Close button to free up onscreen workspace.



  5. Replace Placeholder Text

    To replace placeholder text with your own wording, click the text box you want to add text to and start typing.




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