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Introduction to MS Powerpoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is the name of a proprietary commercial presentation program developed by Microsoft. It was officially launched on May 22, 1990 as a part of the Microsoft Office suite, and runs on Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS X operating system.

Microsoft Power point is a software product used to perform computer-based presentations. There are various circumstances in which a presentation is made: teaching a class, introducing a product to sell, explaining an organizational structure, etc.
There are two main kinds of presentations you can deliver: before an audience or not. The preparation and the actual delivery of each are quite different. Before getting into the details of each, we will first take a look at the software and analyze what it has to offer.
Starting Microsoft Power point
To use Microsoft PowerPoint, you must first open it:
  • One way you can open Microsoft PowerPoint by clicking Start -> (All) Programs -> Microsoft Office -> Microsoft office power point.
  • Sometimes somebody may send you a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation as an E-Mail attachment, a file on a floppy disk, or a file on the network, etc. The file is usually represented by a Microsoft PowerPoint icon. You can double-click the icon to launch Microsoft PowerPoint and immediately open the presentation.
  • You can open Microsoft PowerPoint using a shortcut. If you happen to use the software on a regular basis, you can create a shortcut on your desktop or on the Quick Launch area. Many users also take advantage of the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar. Sometimes, the icon you need will not be there; in that case you should insert it manually.
  • If you are working on a network of related computers, a presentation may be located in another computer. Once you locate the computer or the folder on the network and you see the Microsoft PowerPoint icon, you can double-click it. This would open the application and the presentation. The network administrator can also create a link or shortcut to the drive that is hosting the presentation. You can then click or double-click this link or shortcut to open the presentation and, as a result, launch Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Using a Microsoft Power point Shortcut
  • If you use Microsoft PowerPoint on a regular basis, you should have an icon on the desktop that can lead you to it quickly. This icon is called a shortcut. There are various techniques used to create a shortcut. Probably the first thing you should find out is where your application is located. You can find out by doing a search on the computer. You can create a shortcut from the Programs menu.
    By default, the shortcuts for Microsoft Office 2003 applications are located in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11 folder. The icon for Microsoft powerpoint 2003  is called POWERPNT.

    To create a shortcut from Windows Explorer or My Computer, you can right-click the Microsoft PowerPoint icon, position your mouse on Send To and click Desktop (Create Shortcut).

    To create a shortcut from the Start menu, click Start -> (All) Programs. When the program appears, you can right-click it, position the mouse pointer on Send To and click Desktop (Create Shortcut).
    To create a shortcut directly from the desktop:
    1. You can right-click an empty area of the Desktop ->  New -> Shortcut

    2. On the first page of the wizard, you can click the Browse button

    3. In the Browse For Folder dialog box, if necessary, you can click the + button of My Computer and click the + button of the drive where Microsoft PowerPoint is located. By default, this would be the C: drive
    4. Click the + button of Program Files

    5. Click the + button of Microsoft Office
    6. Click the + button of Office

    7. Click POWERPNT

    8. Click OK

    9. Click Next
    10. If you are want, change the name of the shortcut to Microsoft PowerPoint:

    11. Click Finish.

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