Microsoft PowerPoint is a very good tool to make presentations with a professional look and interesting slide shows. PowerPoint permits you to construct presentations starting from scratch or with the help of the easy to use wizard. Microsoft PowerPoint is in fact a fun and versatile presentation device. A user can learn a great deal just by experimenting with its several aspects. PowerPoint was originally developed in the year 1984 by Forethought, Inc., California, for the Mac computer. In 1987, Forethought was sold to Microsoft and it was converted to Microsoft's Graphics Business Unit, which then took up the responsibility to further improve and maintain the software(Internet4classrooms, 2009). PowerPoint presentations include a number of independent pages or "slides". The "slide" analogy is a pointer to the ?slide projector?, a tool that has become obsolete due to the very wide popularity of PowerPoint and other presentation software. Slides usually consist of text, graphics, movies, and other items, which may be arranged independently on the slide. PowerPoint, however, facilitates the usage of a consistent method in a presentation utilizing a template/"Slide Master". The presentation can be printed, displayed live on a pc, or navigated through as per the wish of the presenter.
For bigger audiences the computer display is usually projected with the help of a video projector. Slides may also form the foundation of web casts. PowerPoint has got three kinds of movements: Entrance, emphasis, and exit of elements on a slide itself are controlled by what PowerPoint terms ?Custom Animation?s. Transitions, on the other hand are movements between slides. These can be animated in a range of methods Custom animation can be utilized to make small story boards by animating visuals to enter, exit or change with callouts, speech bubbles containing edited text can be sent on and off to create speech. The entire design of a presentation can be kept within bounds using a master slide; and the whole structure, stretching to the text on every slide, can be edited with the help of a primitive outliner. Presentations may be saved and run in any desired file formats: the default .ppt (presentation), .pps (PowerPoint Show) or .pot (template). In PowerPoint 2007 and Mac OS X 2008 versions, the XML-based file formats .pptx, .ppsx and .potx are also included, alongside macro-enabled file formats .pptm, .potm, .ppsm(Internet4classrooms, 2009). Now let us see how to make a PowerPoint presentation.
Click on Start, then Programs, and then choose Microsoft PowerPoint. It's placed on the Desktop. PowerPoint usually creates a presentation one slide at a time. First the user has to determine the layouts for the slides. The default layout contains a title and a subtitle. The user can choose others by clicking on New (towards the right) or choosing out the Design templates. Now type the text. Go to Insert -> New slide to create a new slide. Try inserting images. To get an image, try one of these: Go to Google. Click on Images and type in a search term of the image you need. Flicker is also helpful to get images. In order to copy a picture, right click on the picture and click on Copy Image. To insert the picture: go to the PowerPoint slide and paste it (Ctrl + V) .Save the file often with .ppt as the extension. To see it as a slide show, go to View->Slide Show. To navigate from one slide to another, hit the Enter key (Internet4classrooms, 2009). To end the slide show, click in the lower left hand icon which looks like a diamond and choose End Show. It is also possible to spell-check in PowerPoint It is below the Tools menu so it is an easy final step to run a spell-check before finishing the slides rather than having to do a slide again just because there is a wrong phrase or word. And there?s nothing worse than someone from the audience counting up each and every spelling mistake which is present in the slides rather than listening to what the presenter is trying to convey! It will also help to take a print out of the presentation, and get some one else to read it. Usually after viewing the whole presentation for hours on end, the person who made it may not see a spelling error that someone else will instantly point out and remind about forever! Also handouts are great in some circumstances, and PowerPoint has the capability of providing the users with a range of printouts for handing out. In order to pack up a presentation for use on yet another pc 1.Open the Presentation you want to pack 2.Inside the File menu, click Pack and Go 3.Follow the steps in the Pack and Go Wizard. To unpack a PowerPoint to run on another pc, insert the disk or connect to the network place you packed the presentation to. In My Computer, go to the location of the packed presentation, and then double-click Page setup Enter the destination you want to copy the presentation to(Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003). Supporters and critics usually agree that the handiness of use of presentation software can save a lot of time for people who otherwise would have utilized other types of visual aid?
hand-drawn or mechanically typeset slides, blackboards or whiteboards, or overhead projections. Ease of use also encourages those who otherwise would not have used visual aids, or would not have given a presentation at all, to make presentations(Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003). As PowerPoint's methods, animation, and multimedia capabilities have become more technical, and as the application has usually made it easier to create presentations (even to the verge of possessing an "AutoContent Wizard" (discontinued in PowerPoint 2007) suggesting a structure for a presentation), the difference in wants and requirements of presenters and viewers has become more noticeable. The benefit of PowerPoint is continuously debated, but both supporters and detractors have insufficient empirical proofs. Its use in university lectures has influenced investigations of PowerPoint?s effects on student performance in comparison to lectures based on overhead projectors, traditional lectures, and online lectures. There are no compelling results to prove or disprove that PowerPoint is more effective for learner retention than traditional presentation methods.