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Part 2. Creating Presentations > Understanding Slide Elements

Understanding Slide Elements

Just about every slide in a presentation includes text. Text boxes allow you to enter words and paragraphs into your slide.

You can use bulleted lists to present data succinctly and focus the audience on specific points you want to make.

You can use clip art to illustrate your slides.


A slide can include a variety of elements, such as text, clip art, charts, and more. Each slide element is treated as an object on the slide, which means you can move or resize it as needed. The layout you select indicates what kind of object you can use; some offer a variety of object types. You can also add and delete slide objects. When selecting layouts from the Slide Layout pane, you can choose from several distinct slide elements as well as a combination of how those elements are arranged in a layout.


Defining Layouts

A layout is simply a design that tells PowerPoint where slide objects should appear on a slide. You can use the preset layouts in the Slide Layout pane, or you can build your own layouts from scratch starting with a blank slide.

You can use charts to present data in a visual manner.

You can add tables to your slides to organize and present data in an easy-to-read format.

Content boxes allow you to choose the type of object you want to add, such as a media clip, a diagram, or a picture file from another source.



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