How to Make PowerPoint Slides for Webinars

By Sharat Sharan, John Carucci

Even if you’ve never touched the software for PowerPoint, but want to use it to create your webinar know this, after a quick primer and a few step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to create your first slide, another, and after that, a more ambitious one. Before long, you’ll have a presentation ready to, well, present.

These individual slides can include keywords, pictures, video, and audio too. On the program side, PowerPoint provides more than one way to create your presentation, but it all begins with the basics.

After you fire up PowerPoint, you want to create a new presentation. (That is, unless you already created one. In that case, you can work on an existing saved one, or work from one of the built-in templates.) Begin with the basic presentation:

  1. Go to File→New Presentation.

    In the workspace, you’ll notice that the first slide is there. One slide does not make a show, so you will want to create several.

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  2. Click the Home tab and select New Slide one time for each additional slide you need.

    If you click the New Slide button, you will see numerous choices in the dialog.

  3. When you create a slide, it’s blank. To fill it out with pertinent information, click the placeholder and either type on it or click to search for other content.

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  4. Add content.

    Depending on the type of slide you choose, you can add content other than text. The content slide provides buttons that allow you to insert the following: Table, Chart, Smart Art Graphic, Picture, Clip Art, or Movie. Besides clicking the button to navigate to your content, you can also drag and drop or copy and paste into the placeholder.

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  5. Resize the placeholder to make sure pictures and text are the proper size.

    After changing the text size to 60 points, you’ll notice it’s justified to the left. It’s easy to center it. Just grab the anchors until a four-arrowed move icon appears and push or pull to get the size or placement just right.

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  6. You can apply a theme and a layout for all of your slides instead of setting them individually for each slide.

    A theme defines the presentation fonts, colors, backgrounds, and effects. Layout defines how content is arranged on a slide.

  7. Format your slide content.

    You can adjust the size of each placeholder as well as the size of the content inside it. Move the pointer over the border of the title placeholder, and when the cursor appears as a four-headed arrow, click the border. The blue border and sizing handles indicate that the entire placeholder is selected.

  8. When you’re satisfied with your presentation, go to File→Save As, navigate to the desired folder (create one in the dialog box if you have not already), name the presentation, and save it.