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Part 4. Using PowerPoint > Task 5 How to Understand Slide Elements

Task 5 How to Understand Slide Elements

Slide presentations can include a few slides or many slides, and each slide conveys particular information. Depending on the layout, whether the AutoContent Wizard assigned it or you added it, each slide can have one or more slide elements. Those elements include text boxes, clip art, bulleted lists, tables, charts, and more. The slide layout you select will indicate each element type you can use. Each slide element is treated as an object on the slide, which means that you can move or resize it as needed. Before you begin creating your own slide presentation, you should familiarize yourself with the types of slide elements you might encounter or want to include on your slides. To change a layout at any time, choose Format, Slide Layout.

  1. Text Boxes

    PowerPoint's text boxes let you enter slide text of your choice. Just about every slide you create in PowerPoint will require text. Here you see a common layout with a title text box and a subtitle text box. To enter text, click inside the text box and start typing.



  2. Bulleted Lists

    Bulleted lists are quite common in slide presentations. They let you present data succinctly and focus the audience on the points you want to make. Here's an example of a bulleted list text box. To enter text, click inside the box and start typing. Press Enter to begin a new bulleted item automatically.



  3. Clip Art

    Artwork can really spruce up your slide's message. You can choose many of the layouts from preset clip art boxes. To insert clip art, simply double-click the box and locate the clip art you want to use. Here you see a piece of clip art already selected and in place. Learn more about adding clip art in Task 9, "How to Add an Illustration to a Slide."



  4. Tables

    If you've already worked with Word and Excel, you know how tables can help organize and present data. Use tables in PowerPoint to do the same. To insert text in a PowerPoint table, click inside the first cell and start typing. Use the Tab key to move from cell to cell. Here you see a table already filled in. If you have created a table in another program such as Word or Excel, you can insert the information into your PowerPoint slide. Learn how to insert tables in Task 11, "How to Add a Table to a Slide."



  5. Charts

    Another way to present data is with charts. A few PowerPoint layouts let you insert charts such as organizational charts into your slides; you also can choose to add your own charts to any slide as necessary. Here's an example of a chart already inserted and sized to fit the slide. If you have created a chart in another program, such as Word or Excel, you can insert the information into your PowerPoint slide. Learn how to insert charts in Task 10, "How to Add a Chart to a Slide."



  6. Objects

    In addition to the slide elements already discussed, you can add other types of objects, such as graphic files created with other programs, media clips, or any other data object. Here's an example of a layout that lets you add a media clip. Double-click to open the Microsoft Media Clip Gallery so that you can add a sound or motion clip to the slide.




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