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How to Create a New Keynote Project

As do the other applications in the iWork ’09 suite, Keynote, the presentation application, begins the document creation process with a Template Chooser window. To create a new presentation project, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock.

    If presentations are your bread and butter, allow the iWork installation program to add a Keynote icon to your Dock. Your clicking finger will thank you.

  2. Click the Keynote icon.

    The Template Chooser window appears. (These are probably the most stunning visual building blocks ever seen in a presentation application. You should have heard the “oohs” and “ahhs” from the Macworld faithful when Steve Jobs demonstrated Keynote for the first time on the big screen!)

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  3. Click the Slide Size pop-up menu at the bottom of the screen to select the resolution for your completed slides.

    Although you don’t necessarily need to select an exact match for the screen resolution of your MacBook, it’s a good idea to select the closest value to the maximum resolution of your projector. (If someone else is providing the projector, the default value of 1024 x 768 is a good standard to use.)

  4. Click the template that most closely matches your needs.

  5. Click Choose to open a new document by using the template you selected.

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