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Introduction

Introduction

This Fast & Easy guide from Premier Press will help you master Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 so you can create and deliver informative and effective presentations. PowerPoint is a presentation design program that makes it easy to design a slide show to fit any need. It has been popular with users for many years, and new features have been added to each new version of the program to make it more user-friendly and Web-compatible.

Anyone can use PowerPoint, not just artists and professional presenters. With PowerPoint, you can create multimedia-rich presentations complete with graphics, sounds, animations, voice-overs, and slide transitions. PowerPoint presentations can be delivered on a computer, through a projector, in a kiosk, or as part of a Web site.

Who Should Read This Book?

This book is for the novice computer user in need of a hands-on approach. The generous use of illustrations makes this book ideal if you’ve never used a presentation design program before. This book is also useful if you’re familiar with previous versions of PowerPoint and want to quickly apply your skills to this newest version.

This book is organized so you can quickly look up tasks to help you complete a job or learn a new trick. You may need to read an entire chapter to master a subject, or you may only need to read a certain section to get your creative juices flowing.

Becoming a Presentation Wizard

You’ll notice that this book keeps explanations to a minimum to help you learn faster and get up to speed with PowerPoint quickly. Other features of this book provide more information on how to work with PowerPoint.

NOTE

Tips offer PowerPoint hints that make your job a little easier and help you create presentations efficiently.

NOTE

Notes offer additional information about PowerPoint to enhance your learning experience with the software.

The appendix lists shortcut keys to help you make the transition from the mouse to the keyboard. You’ll also find that using shortcut keys can increase your productivity and help you complete a presentation in less time.

Have fun with PowerPoint, and make your next presentation a smashing success!

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