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Ch 4: Create Slide Content in PowerPoint

About This Chapter

Through this collection of video lessons, you'll learn how to approach some of the more advanced tasks associated with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Find out how to work with charts, columns, decorative texts and SmartArt graphics, and see how they can take your slide presentations to the next level.

Create Slide Content in Power Point - Chapter Summary

This chapter is designed to show you how to incorporate more complex texts and visuals into your PowerPoint presentations. By following the step-by-step instructions, you can find out how to edit and stylize images, adjust your media window and create bulleted or numbered lists. The instructor will also teach you how to import a table from an external source and insert a hyperlink. A key part of the chapter will cover the use of SmartArt, through which you'll be taught how to add shapes, change colors, convert lists and move text.

Each one of these PowerPoint tutorials covers a specific aspect of the program and is designed to build upon what you've learned in the previous lesson. Our experienced instructors are experts in the use of the program, and each lesson is accompanied by an interactive quiz that can show you how well you understood the materials.

After you've completed this chapter, you should know how to:

  • Use WordArt
  • Create multiple columns in a single shape
  • Create, format and style tables
  • Adjust rows and columns in a table
  • Create, insert and adjust charts
  • Add legends to charts, and modify chart parameters
  • Insert and format SmartArt, including lists, shapes and text
  • Add, crop and style images
  • Trim and adjust media timing and options
  • Link to external media

Note: all demonstrations in this chapter will be using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Certain features, tools or displays may be different in other versions.

15 Lessons in Chapter 4: Create Slide Content in PowerPoint
How to Use WordArt in PowerPoint

1. How to Use WordArt in PowerPoint

If you want to get super fancy and create your own style of text, WordArt is for you! In this lesson, we will take a look at the WordArt feature in PowerPoint, see some examples and discuss the difference between WordArt and SmartArt.

How to Format Text in PowerPoint: Bullets, Numbered Lists and Hyperlinks

2. How to Format Text in PowerPoint: Bullets, Numbered Lists and Hyperlinks

Creating impressive presentations means creating impressive slides. This lesson will discuss how to format text, how to change text to WordArt and how to add bullets and numbers to your lists. We will also learn about the formatting of hyperlinks.

Custom and Nested Bulleted Lists in PowerPoint

3. Custom and Nested Bulleted Lists in PowerPoint

Have you wanted to change the standard round and square bullets that PowerPoint uses by default? Want something a bit more customized? This lesson will demonstrate how to add bullets and customize the bullet symbols.

How to Create Multiple Columns in a Single Shape in PowerPoint

4. How to Create Multiple Columns in a Single Shape in PowerPoint

PowerPoint let's you organize your text into columns, similar to a newspaper or magazine. This lesson will explain how to format a standard, right-to-left text box with multiple columns, remove columns and add bullets to the text inside the columns.

How to Modify Rows and Columns in a PowerPoint Table

5. How to Modify Rows and Columns in a PowerPoint Table

Sometimes, we are not sure just how many rows or columns we may need when creating a table. PowerPoint has made it easy to add and remove rows after the fact. This lesson will review how to modify rows and columns in a PowerPoint table.

Introduction to Tables in PowerPoint

6. Introduction to Tables in PowerPoint

If you want to use PowerPoint to display detailed information, such as numerical data, tables are a good layout or format to work with - much like working with a spreadsheet or Excel. This lesson will introduce you to tables in PowerPoint.

Tables in PowerPoint: Creation, Styles, and Formatting

7. Tables in PowerPoint: Creation, Styles, and Formatting

Ever wondered how to pull a spreadsheet into a PowerPoint slide, or how to create a table? This lesson will discuss the answers to both of these questions.

How to Customize Graphs in PowerPoint

8. How to Customize Graphs in PowerPoint

This lesson will review how to modify charts in PowerPoint. We will go over how to change the data and make cosmetic changes, such as those to font, font color and font size.

How to Create and Modify Charts in PowerPoint

9. How to Create and Modify Charts in PowerPoint

Explaining facts and figures in the written form is not always easy to understand. Charts are a visual representation of data and sometimes can be easier to digest. This lesson will explain how to create charts and how to modify their style and type.

Charts in PowerPoint: Legends, Parameters and Importing

10. Charts in PowerPoint: Legends, Parameters and Importing

Charts are a way to graphically compare numerical data and trends. This lesson will review how to add a chart to a PowerPoint slide, how to work with legends and parameters and also how to import data from an external source, such as MS Excel.

How to Add and Modify Images in PowerPoint: Resizing, Cropping and Style

11. How to Add and Modify Images in PowerPoint: Resizing, Cropping and Style

Have you ever added an image to a PowerPoint slide and it was too large? This lesson will review the steps to re-sizing and cropping images, as well as to applying effects to your images, which will give your slide a more impressive look.

How to Add and Format SmartArt in PowerPoint: Text, Shapes, and Lists

12. How to Add and Format SmartArt in PowerPoint: Text, Shapes, and Lists

Need an organizational chart? Need to make changes to an existing SmartArt graphic? This lesson will review how to create a SmartArt graphic and how to make changes to your graphic, such as adding more shapes and changing colors.

How to Convert Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint

13. How to Convert Text to SmartArt in PowerPoint

What is SmartArt? It's a feature in PowerPoint that gives you the ability to combine text, shapes and colors to create an image. This lesson will discuss the SmartArt command and also give you the steps to converting text to SmartArt.

How to Link to External Media in PowerPoint

14. How to Link to External Media in PowerPoint

When adding media, such as video or audio, to a presentation, you have two choices: you can embed the media or create a link to the media. This lesson will discuss the difference and show you how to create a link to external media in PowerPoint.

Media in PowerPoint: How to Adjust, Trim and Modify Media

15. Media in PowerPoint: How to Adjust, Trim and Modify Media

You can create dynamic slides using media, such as video and audio. This lesson will explain how to adjust the video window size and also how to trim the timing of media clips by using start and stop times.

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