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Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 is a powerful presentation software application that provides an easy-to-use interface and all the tools you need to build personal and business presentations. You have the option to create your presentations from scratch or to use the AutoContent Wizard and design templates that help you build a variety of different presentation types.

The What and Why of Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint not only enables you to create your own presentations; it also provides features and tools that enable you to easily enhance the slides in your presentation and rearrange the slides as needed. You will be able to quickly create exciting presentations using the following features:

  • The AutoContent Wizard walks you through each step of creating a new presentation and supplies dummy text that you can replace with your own information.

  • Views such as the Outline view and the Slide Sorter make it easy to arrange your presentation slides in a logical order.

  • Design templates enable you to add color, background patterns, and special fonts to the slides in your presentation.

  • Animation schemes can be used to add transitions as you move from slide to slide that add visual impact to your presentation.

  • You can add clip art to your slides to provide visual interest. The Clipart library also includes motion clips and sounds.

While providing you with many complex features, Microsoft PowerPoint is easy to learn. It enables you to build presentations that can be shown on a computer, printed, or saved in a format so that the presentation can be viewed on the World Wide Web. This book will help you understand the possibilities awaiting you with Microsoft PowerPoint 2002.

Why Que's 10 Minute Guide to Microsoft PowerPoint 2002?

The 10 Minute Guide to Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 can save you precious time while you get to know the different features provided by Microsoft PowerPoint. Each lesson is designed to be completed in 10 minutes or less, so you'll be up to snuff on basic and advanced PowerPoint features and skills quickly.

Although you can jump around among lessons, starting at the beginning is a good plan. The bare-bones basics are covered first, and more advanced topics are covered later. Following the lessons sequentially will allow you to walk through all the steps of creating and enhancing personal and business presentations.

Installing PowerPoint

You can install Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 on a computer running Microsoft Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. Microsoft PowerPoint can be purchased as a standalone product on its own CD-ROM, or it can be purchased as part of the Microsoft Office XP suite (which comes on several CD-ROMs). Whether you are installing PowerPoint as a standalone product or as part of the Microsoft Office XP suite, the installation steps are basically the same.

To install PowerPoint, follow these steps:

Start your computer, and then insert the PowerPoint or Microsoft XP Office CD in the CD-ROM drive. The CD-ROM should autostart, showing you the opening installation screen (for either PowerPoint or Office, depending on the CD you are working with).

If the CD-ROM does not autostart, choose Start, Run. In the Run dialog box, type the letter of the CD-ROM drive, followed by setup (for example, d:\setup). If necessary, click the Browse button to locate and select the CD-ROM drive and the setup.exe program.

When the Setup Wizard prompts you, enter your name, organization, and CD key in the appropriate box.

Choose Next to continue.

The next wizard screen provides instructions to finish the installation. Complete the installation, and select Next to advance from screen to screen after providing the appropriate information requested by the wizard.

After you complete the installation from the CD, icons for PowerPoint and any other Office applications you have installed will be provided on the Windows Start menu. Lesson 2 in this book provides you with a step-by-step guide to starting PowerPoint 2002.

Conventions Used in This Book

To help you move through the lessons easily, these conventions are used:

On-screen text On-screen text appears in bold type.
Text you should type Information you need to type appears in bold monospaced type.
Items you select Commands, options, and icons you should select and keys you should press appear in bold type.

In telling you to choose menu commands, this book uses the format menu title, menu command. For example, the statement "Choose File, Properties" means to open the File menu and select the Properties command.

In addition to those conventions, the 10 Minute Guide to Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 uses the following icons to identify helpful information:

Plain English

New or unfamiliar terms are defined in term sidebars.


Read these tips for ideas that cut corners and confusion.


Cautions identify areas where new users often run into trouble; these tips offer practical solutions to those problems.

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