There are terms that are specific to presentation software types of programs. The nice part is that once you learn terms specific to PowerPoint, those same terms are used in many other similar software programs, so they are easily transferable.
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Opening PowerPoint for the First Time
Your first view of PowerPoint actually looks pretty bland. There is one large page, called a slide. Every presentation should begin with a title and so PowerPoint presents you with a title slide. Simply type your text into the text boxes provided.
Click the New Slide button and you will be presented with a blank slide with placeholders for a title and lists of text. This is the default slide layout but it is only one of many selections. There are many options to choose from for the way you want your slide to look.
Dress Up Your Slides
If this is your first PowerPoint presentation, you are probably a little intimidated that it will not look attractive. So, why not make it easy on yourself and use one of PowerPoint's many design themes (PowerPoint 2007) or design templates (PowerPoint 2003 and earlier) to keep your presentation looking coordinated and professional? Choose a design that fits your topic and you are ready to go.
What Makes a Successful Presentation?
Just like that old cliché says -- "a picture is worth a thousand words". Make your presentation have impact, by adding at least a few slides that include only pictures to make your point.
Optional - Add a Chart to Express Your Data
Add More Motion - Animations
Add Some Motion - Transitions
There are two types of motions that you can use in PowerPoint. One advances the complete slide in an interesting manner. This is called a transition.