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PowerPoint 2016 For Dummies

By: Doug Lowe Published: 10-19-2015

Get up and running with PowerPoint 2016

Does using PowerPoint make you want to pull your hair out? PowerPoint 2016 For Dummies takes the pain out of working with PowerPoint, offering plain-English explanations of everything you need to know to get up and running with the latest version of the software. With full-color illustrations and step-by-step instructions, it shows you how to create and edit slides, import data from other applications, collaborate with other users in the Cloud, add charts, clip art, sound, and video—and so much more.

PowerPoint is the world's de facto presentation software, used and supported in over 60 countries. The time has never been better to take advantage of the latest software to make killer PowerPoint presentations. From adding special effects to your presentations to working with master slides and templates, this hands-on friendly guide is the fast and easy way to make PowerPoint work for you.

  • Presented in full color to better illustrate the powerful presentation features of the software
  • Helps you take advantage of all of PowerPoint's new features
  • Available in conjunction with the release of the next version of Microsoft Office
  • Written by bestselling author Doug Lowe

If you're a new or inexperienced PowerPoint user who spends more time trying to figure out how the software works than you do actually working on your presentations, PowerPoint 2016 For Dummies is just what you need to gain back hours of your work day and make professional, impactful presentations.

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Using Presenter View in PowerPoint 2016

Article / Updated 01-23-2017

If you have a projector or second monitor connected to your computer, PowerPoint 2016 will show the presentation's slides on the projector or second monitor and switch the primary monitor to Presenter View. The figure shows Presenter View in action. Presenter View. The following paragraphs describe the various features that are available in Presenter View: Current slide: The current slide is displayed in the center-left portion of the screen. Next slide: The next slide to be displayed is shown at the top right of the screen. Notes: Any notes you have created for the current slide are shown at the bottom right of the screen. Timer: A timer appears above the current slide to help you keep track of how long your presentation has dragged on. Tools: Beneath the current slide are icons representing various tools that let you draw on your slides, magnify the slide to draw the audience's attention to a particular point, hide the current slide so you can draw the audience's attention away from the screen and to you, and perform a few other interesting onscreen tricks. Slide Navigator: These controls let you advance forward or backward through your slide show.

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PowerPoint 2016 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 03-27-2016

PowerPoint 2016 is the most powerful presentation software available to create and edit slide show presentations for work, home, or school. PowerPoint 2016 offers a number of helpful keyboard shortcuts for performing tasks quickly. Here are some shortcuts for common PowerPoint formatting, editing, and file and document tasks. Additionally, after you’ve created your masterpiece, you can use a number of shortcuts when running your slide show.

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How to Show Your PowerPoint 2016 Presentation Online

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

PowerPoint 2016 includes a new online presentation feature that makes it ridiculously easy to share your presentation with other people remotely over the Internet. To use it, simply follow these steps:

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How to Insert WordArt into Your PowerPoint 2016 Presentation

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

You can apply WordArt formatting to any bit of text in PowerPoint 2016. WordArt also appears on the Insert tab on the Ribbon, which provides a convenient way to insert a text box with text that is already formatted with WordArt formatting. To insert WordArt, follow these steps:

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How to Insert a Picture into Your PowerPoint 2016 Presentation

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Whether you buy PowerPoint 2016 by itself or get it as a part of Microsoft Office, you also get access to an online collection of thousands of clip art pictures that you can drop directly into your presentations. The following steps explain how to insert picture art into your presentation:

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How to Share Your PowerPoint 2016 Presentation via OneDrive

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Microsoft has integrated cloud computing into PowerPoint 2016 by providing its own dedicated cloud storage resource, called OneDrive, and designating it as one of the primary places you can store your PowerPoint presentations. (OneDrive used to be called SkyDrive, but Microsoft had to change the name because of a trademark lawsuit.) When you install Office 2016, you are given the opportunity to create a free OneDrive account that offers up to 15GB of free cloud storage, with the capability to purchase additional storage. If you subscribe to Office 365, you get 1TB of cloud storage. In addition to storing PowerPoint presentations on OneDrive, you can also share your presentations with other OneDrive users so that you can collaboratively view and edit your work. Before you can share a presentation with another user, you must first save the presentation to your OneDrive account. To do so, just follow these steps:

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How to Add Comments to PowerPoint 2016 Presentations

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

A comment in PowerPoint 2016 is a lot like a sticky note. The beauty of comments is that you can turn them on and off. Therefore, you can view the comments while you’re editing your presentation, and you can turn them off when it’s time for the show. To add a comment to a presentation, follow these steps:

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How to Create a Hyperlink to Another Slide in PowerPoint 2016

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

In PowerPoint 2016, a hyperlink is simply a bit of text or a graphic image that you can click when viewing a slide to summon another slide, another presentation, or perhaps some other type of document, such as a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet. The hyperlink may also lead to a page on the web. Adding a hyperlink to a presentation is easy. Just follow these steps:

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How to Add Recurring Text or Other Elements in PowerPoint 2016

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

You can add several types of objects to the Slide Master in PowerPoint 2016. You can add clip art, pictures, or even a video or sound clip. Anything that you can add to an individual slide can be added to the Slide Master. To add recurring text to each slide, follow this procedure:

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How to Rearrange Slides in PowerPoint 2016's Slide Sorter View

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Normal View in PowerPoint 2016 is the view that you normally work in to edit your slides, move things around, add text or graphics, and so on. However, Normal View has one serious limitation: It doesn't give you a big picture of your presentation. You can see the details of only one slide at a time, and the Slide Preview pane lets you see snapshots of only a few slides. To see an overall view of your presentation, you need to work in Slide Sorter View. You can switch to Slide Sorter View in two easy ways: Click the Slide Sorter button at the right side of the status bar (as shown in the following figure). Select the View tab on the Ribbon and then click the Slide Sorter button in the Presentation Views group. Slide Sorter View lets you see the big picture. The PowerPoint Slide Sorter View is shown here. The following list tells you how to rearrange, add, or delete slides from Slide Sorter View: Move a slide: To move a slide, click and drag it to a new location. Point to the slide and then hold down the mouse button. Drag the slide to its new location and release the button. PowerPoint adjusts the display to show the new arrangement of slides. Delete a slide: To delete a slide, click the slide to select it and then press Delete or Backspace. This works only in Slide Sorter View. Add a new slide: To add a new slide, click the slide that you want the new slide to follow and then click the New Slide button. The Slide Layout task pane appears so that you can select the layout for the new slide. To edit the contents of the slide, return to Normal View via the view buttons or the View tab on the Ribbon or by double-clicking the new slide. If your presentation contains more slides than can fit onscreen at one time, you can use the scroll bars to scroll through the display. Or you can use the zoom slider at the bottom-right corner of the screen to make the slides smaller. Slide Sorter View might seem kind of dull and boring, but it's also the place where you can add jazzy transitions, build effects, or add cool animation effects to your slides. For example, you can make your bullets fall from the top of the screen like bombs and switch from slide to slide by using strips, wipes, or blinds.

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