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Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

This article will guide you through the process of creating a basic template presentation in Microsoft Power Point 2010. During the process you will be able to learn:

  • What templates are and why you might use them to create a basic template presentation in PowerPoint 2010.
  • Preview a basic template presentation in PowerPoint 2010.

The main question that many times pops up in the head of people when starting to work on PowerPoint 2010 is where to start, what text should be included, what colour should be used and of course what theme should be applied. That’s what this lesson will tell you in order to create an eye catching presentation and impress the audience to which it is going to be presented.

A template is a preformatted presentation that combines:

  • file layouts,
  • samples,
  • text
  • graphic
  • transition
  • a theme

When using a template you can modify the text and all the other elements as you see fit.

PowerPoint 2010 comes with a lot of templates that are already installed together with the program. In addition to that there are a lot of templates available online on the Microsoft web page for PowerPoint 2010 and they include a large range of topics like Education, Business, etc.

1. First, open PowerPoint 2010.


2. Then click on the File button in the left upper corner of the screen and move your cursor to New and select Sample templates, like it shown on the picture below.


3. From all the listed templates select the one that fits your purpose. In this case we are going to select the Training template.


3.1. Notice that on the right side of the screen there is a preview of every template you select.


4. Here it is how your presentation will look like. Notice the new slides on the left and how all of them have the same colour, text and graphics. In every slide there are also placeholders that explain each element of the slide and what should be put in it.


5. The text in the placeholders is designed to be replaced. Now let’s try and change the Title of the presentation by moving the mouse on the Title placeholder and start writing. You can also change the Subtitle placeholder.


6. Now let’s move on the second slide which represents an overview of the presentation.


7. Slide 3 is also an overview of the presentation. This slide contains a transition that flows into slide 4 and then into slides 5.


7.1. Now let’s see the transition between these slides to see how they work as an overview. In order to do that, first click on the Slide Show button located in the right down corner of the window.


7.2. Now that you are in a slide show mode, notice that the presentation starts from the 3rd slide, and once you click somewhere on the slide it transitions you to slide 4, by gently swiping slide 3 to the left. By clicking several more times you will see the transition from one slide to another changing and becoming more interesting and engaging.

Note: The benefit of a template is that you don’t have to design transitions, animations and graphics from scratch.

8. Now press the Escape button and go to Normal View. Once you are there check slide 9, which is a Header slide, or simply a slide that introduces a new section.

9. Slide 10 contains two text placeholders. In this case it is a chart and a picture, which could be changed.


10. Now, once we have gone through all the basics, just save the template.


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