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Chapter 1. What’s the Point? > What PowerPoint Does

What PowerPoint Does

PowerPoint was originally created to make it easier to print overhead transparencies. With the advent of the data projector, it also became possible to project images directly from the computer, and thus PowerPoint evolved to take advantage of a whole new world of presentation possibilities. Today, with PowerPoint you can design computer-based slide shows that easily exceed the capabilities of the standard 35mm slide shows of yesteryear. For example you can do the following:

  • Use bulleted or numbered lists of text to summarize important points

  • Use charts and diagrams to visually represent facts and figures

  • Use graphics or pictures to illustrate things that are otherwise difficult to describe

  • Use animations to illustrate processes or concepts or to gradually add information (such as bullets or figures) to a slide

  • Add sound or video to give lifelike realism to slides, without having to fumble with video or tape players

  • Quickly publish information to the Web


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