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Chapter 15. Preparing Your Presentation > Using Builds Effectively

Using Builds Effectively

A build is a special effect where objects appear on the slide, one after another. This powerful feature gives you greater control during a slide show. Your audience's attention is focused on the item your discussing. In previous versions of PowerPoint, you could only build slides with bulletized text. A list of bullets would be displayed, one at a time, to "build" the slide.

One of the most important enhancements made to PowerPoint 97 is the ability to build charts. Imagine, if you will, a column chart which compares Revenue and Expenses for each quarter of this year. The X axis displays the four quarters. A series of blue columns represents revenue, and red columns (naturally) show expenses. As you begin the discussion, your slide comes up with the title, the frame for the graph, and the legend. When you click your mouse, the revenue and expense columns for Quarter 1 appear (and only Quarter 1). After a brief discussion of the figures, another mouse click displays the second Quarter columns. You begin to compare Quarter 1 and Quarter 2. Clicking with your mouse when you want to display Quarter 3 and 4. Alternatively, you can display all of the revenue columns at one time, then add in the expense columns.


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