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Ch 5: Insert, Format, Order, and Group Shapes & Slides in PowerPoint

About This Chapter

In this series of step-by-step lessons, you'll find out how to format and order a slide presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Learn how to modify and style slides and shapes, as well as how to revise your slide order as needed.

Insert, Format, Order and Group Shapes and Slides in PowerPoint: Chapter Summary

After you've learned how to create and manage a basic PowerPoint presentation, you should be ready to acquire new skills and further adjust and customize your slide production. In this chapter, you'll learn how to individualize your presentation by applying a style theme or fine tuning the color of the slide background. You'll also find out how to create and insert your own custom-designed shapes, including those with special backgrounds and borders. In addition, your instructor will teach you how to display the PowerPoint gridlines that can help you position your shapes more accurately.

Our easy-to-follow training videos are taught by authoritative and experienced instructors who are experts in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint. Each short video is devoted to a specific aspect of the program and is accompanied by an online self-assessment quiz that can show you how well you understood the instructions.

After you complete this chapter, you should be able to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Add, delete, duplicate and hide slides
  • Modify and style slides
  • Create, format and insert shapes
  • Resize shapes and customize slide backgrounds
  • Add a slide header
  • Change the slide order of a presentation
  • Align group shapes on a slide
  • Display, modify and use gridlines to position objects and shapes

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

7 Lessons in Chapter 5: Insert, Format, Order, and Group Shapes & Slides in PowerPoint
How to Add and Format Slides in PowerPoint

1. How to Add and Format Slides in PowerPoint

PowerPoint makes adding new slides easy - a couple clicks and you are all set. This lesson will explain how to add new slides, select a slide layout, duplicate and delete slides and hide slides during your presentation.

How to Modify Slide Backgrounds and Apply Styles in PowerPoint

2. How to Modify Slide Backgrounds and Apply Styles in PowerPoint

Creating unique and customized backgrounds for your PowerPoint slides can help to create unforgettable presentations. This lesson will explain how to modify your slide background using styles, images and colors.

How to Add and Format Shapes in PowerPoint

3. How to Add and Format Shapes in PowerPoint

The shapes feature in PowerPoint is one way to create dynamic and appealing slides. This lesson will cover how to insert and re-size shapes, how to change the shape fill and outline and how to create custom shapes.

How to Add a Header in PowerPoint

4. How to Add a Header in PowerPoint

PowerPoint gives you the option to add headers and footers to slides and handouts. This lesson will discuss their purpose, review guidelines when using them and explain the steps to adding headers and footers to your slides or handouts.

Modifying Your PowerPoint Presentation's Slide Order

5. Modifying Your PowerPoint Presentation's Slide Order

If you need to move slides around, PowerPoint has made it easy to adjust the order. This lesson will explain how to re-order your slides and discuss things to consider when you move slides, such as how it will affect the page numbers.

How to Align Group Shapes in PowerPoint

6. How to Align Group Shapes in PowerPoint

Symmetry and balance of your slide objects are important. This lesson will explain how to align and evenly distribute objects on your slide. You will also learn about the Group command and how the alignment feature and grouping command are used together.

Gridlines: Display and Use in PowerPoint

7. Gridlines: Display and Use in PowerPoint

Gridlines make it easier to align objects on your slide by giving you a visual reference using vertical and horizontal intersecting lines. This lesson will introduce you to gridlines, configuration of gridlines and using the Smart Guide feature.

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