Using PowerPoint Effectively

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To use PowerPoint effectively, always include a title slide and a table of contents slide, which sets the tone for the entire presentation. Choose colors that are easy to read when making a PowerPoint presentation with information from an experienced software developer in this free video on computers.

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Hi, my name is Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to show you how to effectively use PowerPoint. Let's go to our computer. We want to use PowerPoint the best way that we can. So let's go to all programs on our Start menu, find Microsoft Office, we're just going to launch PowerPoint. Now there's a couple slides that you need to put in to the beginning of every single presentation that you do if you want it to be effective. That's a title slide, give your little presentation a title. This is my presentation by Dave Andrews. And you need to also have a sort of a table of contents or an outline or something like that that describes what we're going to do or hope to achieve with this PowerPoint. Say we want to achieve two or three different items here. Now these two combined will help set the tone for the presentation, your title and your outline and that way your audience is able to follow along with you as you go through the presentation. It's a good idea to, as you start each item, create a title slide for item one and then begin the presentation on item one and then have a title slot on item two. That way people know immediately when you're switching sections. Now it's also typically a good idea to make sure that the colors that you choose standout that way nothing is really, it's really easy for your audience to see and there's no question what the text is. Now there are quite a few things that you can use on your PowerPoint here that are built in. Basically you would just go to the design tab, select themes and then you will see here that there that immediately changed the entire style of my presentation. I don't think that contrasts very well so I'm going to choose one that has a little more obviousness to what the text is and what the background is. Now third when you start your presentation, turn off your mouse pointer simply by starting your slide show and you can press the CTRL and H key and that will turn off your mouse. That way your mouse is not visible on the screen as you're going through your presentation. My name is Dave Andrews and I've just showed you how to effectively use PowerPoint.

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