Fast-paced and easy to read, this new book teaches you the basics of PowerPoint 2007 so you can start using the program right away. This concise guide shows readers how to work with PowerPoint's most useful features and its completely redesigned interface. With clear explanations, step-by-step instructions, lots of illustrations, and plenty of timesaving advice, PowerPoint 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual will quickly teach you to:
Create, save, set up, run, and print a basic bullets-and-background slideshow
Learn how to add pictures, sound, video, animated effects, and controls (buttons and links) to your slides
Discover how to incorporate text, spreadsheets, and animations created in other programs
The new PowerPoint is radically different from previous versions. Over the past decade, PowerPoint has grown in complexity, but its once-simple toolbar has been packed with so many features that not even the pros could find them all. For PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft redesigned the user interface completely, adding a tabbed toolbar that makes every feature easy to locate.
Unfortunately, Microsoft's documentation is as scant as ever, so even if you find the features you need, you still may not know what to do with them. But with this book, you can breeze through the new user interface and its timesaving features in no time. PowerPoint 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual is the perfect primer for anyone who needs to create effective presentations.
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PowerPoint 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual
Published by O'Reilly Media Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North Sebastopol, CA 95472
Price $19.99 US or $25.99 Can
Author E. A. Vander Veer
PowerPoint has probably been around as long as the Windows program. Most of you, no doubt, are familiar with the PowerPoint version that works with either Windows 98 or XP. If this is the case then you may not need assistance with PowerPoint 2007. However, if you are like me, when I first opened PowerPoint 2007, my first reaction was- Where do I start to get this program to work?
There is no visible place called FILE, OPEN, SAVE, SAVE AS and the list goes on and on. However there is a whole list of icons that we have seen before but not in their familiar spots. I could go on with what is familiar and not familiar. All this caused me to seek help from such a text as PowerPoint 2007 for Starters.
I will quote from this manual as it says it as well if not better than I "The good news is you can still do the same things in PowerPoint 2007 that you could do in earlier versions-and a few more, besides. You can still design beautiful slideshows that contain bulleted pictures, and sound clips. You can deliver your slideshows in person, on CD, or on an unattended kiosk. What's new in PowerPoint 2007 is HOW you do all of these things"
To say the book-PowerPoint 2007 for Starters is an excellent book would be an understatement. It identifies most of the things that anyone would want to do with PowerPoint and identifies clearly how to accomplish the task. I say most because the one item that I Like to do with PowerPoint is to have music with many of my pictures or slide presentations. Although I searched throughout the book nowhere could I find any reference to how this could be accomplished. Although when I went to Google and typed "How to add music to your PowerPoint presentation"a number of sites wanted to help me and according to articles that I have read a number of other people are asking the same question, thus I feel that this area should have been included by the author.
Of all the good things contained in PowerPoint 2007 For Starters the one that I found that was most beneficial to me was contained on the second or third last page. The title was TUTORIALS. Here it states that Microsoft has an office training centre, "http/office.microsoft.com/en-us/training", and search for PowerPoint 2007. Here you have access to "about" a 50 minute training film on PowerPoint 2007 that takes you step by step on how to use PowerPoint 2007. This presentation also works with you item by item. An excellent training aid. Again no music help.
There isn't much more that I wish to say in discussing the book PowerPoint 2007 for Starters. If you are adventurous you could eventually sort out how PowerPoint 2007 works, but it is a whole lot less stressful to go to this manual.
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PowerPoint 2007 For Starters The Missing Manual
E. A. Vander Veer
Pogue Press, O'Reilly Publishing
Reviewed by Joseph Kluepfel, Director
Broward Personal Computer Association, Inc.
E.A. Vander Veer has written two "Missing Manual" books for Power Point 2007. One titled Power Point 2007 The Missing Manual for those more experienced in using PowerPoint, and this one, PowerPoint For Starters The Missing Manual for those starting out in designing slideshows and presentations.
The Introduction briefly covers the differences between 2007 and earlier versions, mainly the use of the Microsoft Ribbon interface rather than the old Files and Menus. The Missing Manual is divided into three parts.
Part 1 Creating a Slideshows covers the building of a slideshow adding text, charts, diagrams and tables.
Part 2: Delivering slideshows, provides choices for ways to present the slideshow to an audience.
Part 3: Beyond Bullet Points _ graphics and transitions shows you how to add the parts of a good and interesting presentation. You can add pictures, sound and video.
Chapter 1, Creating a Basic Presentation carries you through the basic steps, either from scratch or from templates, within PowerPoint or getting them on line. The trouble with templates is that everyone using them has similar looking presentations. You can be creative and design your own. Chapter 1 goes on to help you add slides with text and how to move the text around on the slide. The author warns you to "distill your message into as few words as possible" and "don't cram too much information onto your slide".
Brief instructions on making the presentation are included, namely the use of the scroll bar to select slides, either with the Slides view or Outline view. Chapter 1 does list the basic navigation tools, and refers to Chapter 7, a complete course for setting up and running presentations.
Chapter 2, Editing Slides goes into the details of editing text, checking spelling and adding special characters. Here is where the new Microsoft Office Ribbon interface shines. The author works you through the use of this great set of tools step by step, selecting cut, copy or paste, moving text and how to undo an action. A good section on checking the spelling covers automatic spell checking and contextual spelling (included in PowerPoint,with a warning). You occasionally need special characters in your text and we are given a brief reminder of how to obtain them.
Chapter 3, Formatting and Aligning Your Text, really gets down to the "creation" of an attractive presentation. The details of using Auto Format are discussed, as is AutoFit. Sure, you can manually format the text, but here we are shown how the programs "Auto," does it for us. If you want to do it yourself, the Ribbon again is the master tool, but the "Mini Toolbar" which appears when a section of text is selected, is truly a wonder. Hovering over an icon changes the section to show the effects _ Font, Size, Color, Bold, Italic, Alignment.
Adding Special effects is a short two page instruction on the use of text effects such as warping, beveled (3D) and pre-crafted effects.
The section called Manually Aligning and Indenting Text is an extensive course in setting up your slides to be neat, easily read and to "catch the eye". Here is where we learn to make the words "alive" to get attention.
Chapter 4, Formatting and Layout Your Slides, goes into the details of the slide layout, how to use "canned layouts", change orientation (Landscape or Portrait) and to reposition elements (text or objects). The use of color is discussed, either in backgrounds or in text, such as adding a Gradient Effect. PowerPoint has professionally designed themes and the author advises that one might want to use them instead of over-doing the "creative" thing.
Chapter 5, Editing Your Slideshow gives you the steps to inspect and revise your presentation, shuffle the slides, add slides from other slideshows, edit the Slides and Layout Masters. You can add Headers and Footers to slides, handouts, and speaker notes. This chapter shows you how.
Chapter 6, Adding Charts. Diagrams and Tables goes from creating charts, in detail, to adding diagrams and creating tables. Again, step-by-step instructions are given with very useful do's and don'ts to polish the presentation.
Part 2: Delivering Slideshows
Chapter 7, Delivering Presentations provides all of the steps in setting up, presenting and creating shows. Marvelous tips, warnings and aids are given.
Chapter 8 Printing Presentations covers the instructions for printing slides, handouts and overhead transparencies, speaker notes and presentation outlines.
Part 3: Beyond Bullet Points _ Graphics and Transitions
Chapter 9, Putting Images on Slides is really a short course in drawing, adding pictures and modifying them.
Chapter 10: Slide Transitions is a short description of how to use the 50 plus PowerPoint built in transitions.
E.A. Vander Veer has given us a remarkably simple but thoroughly complete "Missing Manual", one that will give you all of the tools needed to learn how to prepare and present interesting slideshows.