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Congratulations on choosing Microsoft PowerPoint 97! PowerPoint is one of the most powerful and flexible business-presentation programs sold today. Whether you need to create some simple text overheads for a speech at a local club, or a high-impact animated show for an important business deal, PowerPoint can handle the job.

Although PowerPoint comes with many features to help the beginner, it's still not a simple program. You probably won't be able to dive right in without instructions. But you certainly don't want to wade through a 500-page manual to find your way around!

  • You want a clear-cut, plain-English introduction to PowerPoint.

  • You need to create a professional-looking, usable presentation-fast.

  • You don't have much time to study graphic-design theory.

You need the 10 Minute Guide to PowerPoint 97.

What Is Microsoft PowerPoint 97?

Microsoft PowerPoint 97 is a graphics program designed for use with Microsoft Windows 95, Windows NT Workstation 3.51, or Windows NT 4.0. PowerPoint 97 specializes in creating effective business presentations. Many graphics programs can help you draw, but PowerPoint can help you put text and drawings, colors and shapes together to effectively convey a message.

What Is Windows 95?

Windows 95 is a powerful 32-bit operating system for desktop PCs. To use Microsoft PowerPoint 97, you have to have Windows 95, Windows NT Workstation 3.51, or Windows NT 4.0 loaded on your PC. There are other versions of PowerPoint for other operating systems, such as Windows 3.x (16-bit versions of the Windows operating system) and the Apple Macintosh.

Here are just a few things you can do with PowerPoint:

  • Type the text for a presentation directly into PowerPoint, or import it from another program.

  • Set a consistent, readable color scheme and layout for your entire presentation, or custom-design each slide.

  • Create dazzling animations and transitions between slides which you can control with a few keystrokes as you give the presentation. No more fumbling with transparencies!

  • Create audience handouts and speaker's notes that supplement your presentation.

  • Show others your presentation on-screen, in printed form, or on the Internet.

You'll learn to do all of this and more in this book.

Installing PowerPoint

If you purchased PowerPoint as part of the Microsoft Office 97 suite, you probably already installed it when you installed the suite. If you haven't installed Microsoft PowerPoint on your computer, see the inside front cover of this book for instructions.

What is the 10 Minute Guide?

The 10 Minute Guide series is a quick approach to learning computer programs. Instead of trying to cover the entire program, the 10 Minute Guide teaches you only about the features of PowerPoint that a beginner is most likely to need.

No matter what your professional demands, the 10 Minute Guide to PowerPoint 97 will help you find and learn the main features of the program and become productive with it more quickly. You can learn this wonderfully logical and powerful program in a fraction of the time you would normally spend learning a new program.

Conventions Used in This Book

Each of the lessons in this book include step-by-step instructions for performing a specific task. The following icons will help you identify particular types of information:

Timesaver Tips

These offer shortcuts and hints for using the program most effectively.

Plain English

These identify new terms and definitions.

Panic Button

These appear in places where new users often run into trouble.

Specific conventions in this book help you to easily find your way around Microsoft PowerPoint:

What you typeappears in bold, color type.
What you selectappears in color type.
Menu, Field, and Key namesappear with the first letter capitalized.


Thanks to the wonderful editors of the Que New Users Group who tackled this project with me at such a busy time in their schedule: Lorna Gentry, John Gosney, and Linda Seifert. Their conscientious work and attention to detail made this book a pleasure to work on.

And closer to home, thanks to my chosen family for keeping me fed and sane when I got into a writing frenzy: Margaret for making home-cooked meals every night, Jane for dropping off garlic bagels on her way to work, Chuck for letting me blow off steam about my projects, and the Cheap Nylons softball team ("a run every time!"), especially Sam and Donna, for always keeping the cooler packed with cold ones. The Bleacher Babe says "Hey."


All terms mentioned in this book that are known to be trade-marks have been appropriately capitalized. Que Corporation cannot attest to the accuracy of this information. Use of a term in this book should not be regarded as affecting the validity of any trademark or service mark.

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