Using PowerPoint in Office 2008 for Mac - dummies

Using PowerPoint in Office 2008 for Mac

By Bob LeVitus

PowerPoint is the Office 2008 application you use to create presentations, also known as slide shows. All PowerPoint presentations you create on a Mac work fine in PowerPoint for Windows, and vice versa.

In a nutshell, a PowerPoint presentation is a series of slides that contain text, graphics, or both. You can display everything on a slide all at one time or introduce individual items on a slide one at a time. You can also animate the transition from one slide to the next.

Used judiciously, PowerPoint creates attractive, appealing, and dramatic slide shows that you can use to sell, convince, persuade, inform, entertain, and more. Put another way, when you have a point to make, PowerPoint helps you make it memorable.

You can share a PowerPoint presentation with others in many ways. You can

  • Project it onto a large screen for a large audience.

  • Display it on your laptop or desktop computer screen for a smaller audience.

  • Save it as a QuickTime movie, iPhoto album, or PDF document you can share with others.

  • Share it with others via Web sites such as Slideshare or Authorgen, or save it as a QuickTime movie and upload it to YouTube.

  • Print it so that you can provide it to others as hard copy.