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  • 0:02 Creating a Presentation
  • 0:27 Blank Presentation
  • 1:04 Customizing
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Instructor: Paul Zandbergen

Paul has a PhD from the University of British Columbia and has taught Geographic Information Systems, statistics and computer programming for 15 years.

When starting a new PowerPoint presentation, you can create a blank presentation from scratch. Learn how to apply basic design elements to a blank presentation.

Creating a Presentation

You have several options to create a PowerPoint presentation. These include:

  • Create a blank presentation from scratch, then add slides and format the presentation
  • Create a presentation based on a template
  • Import text files and then format the presentation

In this lesson, we will look at creating a blank presentation from scratch.

Creating a Blank Presentation

When you start PowerPoint, click on New. Click on the option to create a Blank Presentation. A blank presentation has a white background and black text without any additional design elements.

By default, the presentation only contains a title slide. You can click on the text boxes and type in your own text. To add a slide, click on the option for a New Slide and select the type of slide you want. Any new slides will also have a white background and simple text boxes.

Customizing a Presentation

Once you have added some content to your blank presentation, you can manually make changes to the various design elements. For example, you can modify the background. Select the Design ribbon at the top and click on the Format Background option. This allows you to select various types of backgrounds, including a solid fill, gradient fill, and several other options.

Once you have found an option you like, you can click on Apply to All to apply the current background style to all the slides in the presentation. You can select any of the elements on your slide and change their design. For example, to change the color of the text in a textbox, select the textbox, select the Home ribbon at the top, and apply a different color.

Variants and Themes

Changing all the elements one-by-one is very time-consuming. Instead, you can use a number of tools to apply changes to all your elements.

Let's look at the Variants first. Select the Design ribbon at the top. In the Variant options toward the right, click on the downward arrow to see more options. Here you can change things like the colors and fonts of your presentation. For example, if you select a different font, this will apply to all the textboxes on all your slides.

Similarly, if you select a different set of colors, this will apply to all the elements on all slides, including textboxes and background. Variants change fonts and colors, but not the general design. Themes, on the other hand, not only change fonts and colors, but also many of the other design elements.

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