Preparing PowerPoint for Slide Creation in Mathematics

Before continuing with slide development, click on View and bring the mouse pointer to Toolbars.  Make sure that at least the following toolbars are checked: Standard, Formatting, Animation Effects, and Drawing.


Menu Toolbar:

Click the various commands on the Menu Bar (File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, Tools, Slide Show, Window, and Help) and read the pull-down menus to see the commands available.  

The menu toolbar across the top of the PowerPoint window includes all the commands accessible on the toolbars as well as additional commands.

The menus do not automatically display all available options. You will find a double arrow pointing down if there are more options available. You can click on the arrows or leave the menu selected for a short period of time and the full menu will be displayed:



Standard Toolbar:

As you move the mouse pointer over the icons on the Standard Toolbar (second row), you will see a small pop-up that names each icon, such as, New, Open, Save, email, print, spelling, cut, copy, paste, format painter, undo, redo, hyperlink, etc.

Formatting Toolbar:

Use the Formatting toolbar to modify the content of your slide, such as Font style and size, alignment of print, numbering/bulleting, etc.

Animation Effects Toolbar:

If it is not visible, you can make the Animation Effects Toolbar visible by clicking on View, Toolbars, Animation Effects.  [Similarly, other toolbars can be made visible or invisible.]


To activate Animation Effects, click on the  icon in the lower left corner, or click on Slide Show and Custom Animation… .  You may animate the slide in various ways.  Practice with some of the different animations.

PPTAnimat.ppt is a VERY GOOD PowerPointŪ presentation that demonstrates some of the tips and tricks used by professional animators to get the most out of the animation capabilities in PowerPoint 2000. The presentation is recommended for intermediate to advanced PowerPoint users.

PPAnPlus.ppt is an EXCELLENT presentation that contains some slides from PPAnimat.ppt with explanations on how the animations were done.  

Right click on the links below.
To view the animation, click Open New Window.
To save the presentation, click Save Target As.

After the program opens, right click
on picture and click Full Screen.


After the program opens, right click
on picture and click Full Screen.



Drawing Toolbar:

The Drawing Toolbar allows us to draw various geometric shapes, textboxes, Wordart, and clipart, and to color lines, letters, and fill spaces.

Below is an example of some the geometric shapes available in AutoShapes.


Once the drawing is highlighted, it can be Grouped, Ordered, Rotated or Flipped, and other changes.


Try typing something in your new slide, in order to get a feel for the program.  This part of it works like a word processor such as Microsoft Word.

To color the background, click on Format.  On that pull-down menu, click on Background and choose a color. 

Move the pointer across the Drawing Toolbar (at bottom of frame) to see what can be done here.  

Now, practice saving your page.  Click on File, then Save As.  A Save window will appear:

There are a couple of things you need to know in order to save properly.

First, you must know where to save your page.  It is a good idea to have designated a new folder on your computer to which you wish to save your work.

Also, you should save any graphics you've used in the same folder.

By clicking in the File Name blank, you can give your presentation a name by which it is saved.



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