How to Make a PowerPoint in Windows 7

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Windows 7 supports PowerPoint 2010 and previous versions of PowerPoint. Depending on which version of Microsoft Office you've installed on your computer, you're likely using PowerPoint 2007 or 2010. Whichever version you're using, to make a new presentation plan out your slides and create a new PowerPoint file.

  • Sketch out some ideas for your presentation and decide what you want to cover. A quick outline on a piece of paper will save you time when you create your PowerPoint slides.

  • Launch PowerPoint. Versions 2007 and 2010 display a new blank document by default. If you have version 2003 you'll get the Gallery window. Choose "Blank document" and "Open."

  • Save your file. In all versions either click Control + S or go to "File" > "Save As" and enter a file name and destination folder. Depending on your version, pick the file type .pptx or .ppt. File type .pptx can only be opened by versions 2007 or 2010, while .ppt is compatible with all versions.

  • Customize your presentation with a theme. Themes are found in the "Design" tab under "Themes" in 2007 and later. There's a theme floating menu in earlier versions. More themes are available for download from Microsoft's PowerPoint website. Click a theme to apply it.

  • Add new slides with the "Add Slide" button in the top menu bar. Click in the slide to add text and graphics. Add audio and video using the buttons found in the "Insert" tab. Some of these features are advanced and may require a little patience and practice to master.

  • Finish the presentation with a final Control + S to save.

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