PowerPoint is a great tool for writers and other creatives. While the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation may seem obvious to those who are familiar with Microsoft Office products in general and PowerPoint in particular, it can be rather daunting to those new to the program.
The purpose of this article is to show you how to create a PowerPoint presentation from scratch. Once you’re armed with this knowledge, you’ll be able to implement that other PowerPoint tips I’ll share with you.
How to Create a PowerPoint Presentation from Scratch
To start, double-click the PowerPoint presentation 2016.
From here, you are brought to a screen where you can choose various templates and themes.
To create a presentation, double click on the “Blank Presentation” or any pre-designed themes. Sometimes it’s a good idea to start with one of the pre-designed themes, particularly when you’re new to PowerPoint because they include some nice design elements.
After double-clicking the blank presentation, you are brought to the slides. The first thing that you’ll see is you have one slide that includes some placeholder text. The gray squares around the text is a placeholder. You can see the placeholder text, “Click to add title” highlighted in the image below. This makes it easy to add text to the slides.
To start editing the text directly, click on the words, “Click to add title.”
When you click inside the placeholder, the text goes away and replaced by a blinking cursor.
Now you can start typing. Since this is the title text holder, you can simply type in the title of your presentation.
If you hit the return or enter, you’ll start a new line, as pictured below.
If you don’t want to add an additional line, you can go back and hit the delete key.
You’ll notice that there is also a placeholder for the subtitle. Use the same process as mentioned above to add content to the subtitle area.
When you are done typing, click the mouse in any of the remaining white space in the slide. This shows you how the slide looks like. You’ll notice that the borders around the placeholder text go away. At any time, you can click your mouse back inside and continue working on it.
If you wish to delete the entire text and click back into the white space. You’ll notice that it defaults right back to being a placeholder. Also, if look at the slide on the left-hand side in the thumbnail view and you can see what it looks like.
To add more slides, click “New Slide” on the home ribbon tab and choose a slide layout.
For example, you may select the Title and Content layout as pictured below.
This is going to give you an additional slide with a placeholder for a Title and a placeholder to add some content.
Let’s quickly fill this in. Let’s click to add a title and now let’s click the mouse where it says “click to add text.”
These are bullet points, so when you hit the “return/enter” key on your keyboard, you’ll be brought to a new bullet point. From here, you can start filling in your bullet points.
You can place your cursor inside a bullet point at any time, hit the enter key, and you’ll get a new bullet point. You can also delete text at any point and remove a bullet point.
Now that you have two slides, you can go back and forth between the slides by clicking on the slide on the left-hand thumbnail view.
To save your presentation, click “File” on the ribbon toolbar.
Then choose “Save As.”
You can save it in your OneDrive account if you’ve linked to it or any additional sites.
You can also save it on This PC. You’re given two choices. You can save it to your desktop, or your documents, or any other location that you’ve saved it to recently.
Give it a File Name, then click the “Save Button.”
To close the PowerPoint presentation after saving, click the “x” button on the upper right corner where it says “Close.”
So, that is how to create a PowerPoint presentation from scratch. And if you wish to go back and continue your presentation, just go to the folder where you saved the presentation, double click it and it will open and you can start working on it again.
And by the way, you may want to try using PowerPoint as an editorial calendar. Check out the article below for instructions on how to go about it.