We’re pleased to announce the release of one of our newest Office 2010 books – Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Step by Step! This book will be available for purchase in late June/early July. If you happen to have a subscription to Safari Books Online, you can start reading it as early as next week.
Part 1 Basic Presentations
1 Explore PowerPoint 2010
2 Work with Slides
3 Work with Slide Text
4 Format Slides
5 Add Simple Visual Enhancements
6 Review and Deliver Presentations
Part 2 Presentation Enhancements
7 Add Tables
8 Fine-Tune Visual Elements
9 Add Other Enhancements
10 Add Animation
11 Add Sound and Movies
Part 3 Additional Techniques
12 Share and Review Presentations
13 Create Custom Presentation Elements
14 Prepare for Delivery
15 Customize PowerPoint
Introducing Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 is a full-featured presentation program that helps you quickly
and efficiently develop dynamic, professional-looking presentations and then deliver
them to an audience. You can use PowerPoint to:
● Introduce an idea, proposal, organization, product, or process with professionally
designed, high-impact slides.
● Use themes, galleries of styles, and formatting options to achieve the right combination
of colors, fonts, and effects.
● Bolster your arguments by easily adding pictures, shapes, and fancy display text.
● Convey numeric data in easy-to-grasp ways with styled tables or visually compelling
● Use the SmartArt Graphics tool to create sophisticated diagrams that reflect processes,
hierarchies, and other relationships.
● Create custom themes, designs, and layouts so that your presentations have a
unique look and feel.
● Collaborate with colleagues, giving and receiving feedback to ensure the best
PowerPoint 2010 builds on previous versions to provide powerful tools for all your presentation
needs. This introduction provides an overview of new features that we explore
throughout the book.
If you’re upgrading to PowerPoint 2010 from a previous version, you’re probably most
interested in the differences between the old and new versions and how they will affect
you, as well as how to find out about them in the quickest possible way. The following
sections list new features you will want to be aware of, depending on the version of
PowerPoint you are upgrading from.
If you have been using PowerPoint 2007, you might be wondering how Microsoft could
have improved on what seemed like a pretty comprehensive set of features and tools.
The list of new features includes the following:
● The Backstage view Finally, all the tools you need to work with your files, as
opposed to their content, really are accessible from one location. You display the
Backstage view by clicking the File tab, which replaces the Microsoft Office Button
at the left end of the ribbon.
● Customizable ribbon The logical next step in the evolution of the command center
introduced with PowerPoint 2007: Create your own tabs and groups to suit the
way you work.
● A window for each presentation You no longer display all presentations in the
same window, so you can arrange open presentations for easy comparison or
work on different presentations at the same time.
● Reading view This new way to preview presentations makes it easy to quickly
check the effect of one or two changes.
● Presentation videos Now turning a presentation into a Windows Media Video is
a simple matter of saving in that format.
● Paste preview No more trial and error when moving items to new locations.
Preview what an item will look like in each of the available formats, and then pick
the one you want.
● Animation Painter If you spend time developing a complex animation for one
object, you can now copy the animation settings to another object with a few
● New themes and transitions Adding pizzazz to your presentations is just a matter
of applying a professional-looking theme or a snazzy dynamic-content transition.
● Graphics editing Found the perfect picture, but its colors or style aren’t quite right
for your presentation? Now after inserting a picture, you can edit it in new ways.
In addition to changing color, brightness, and contrast, you can remove the background
and, most exciting of all, apply artistic effects that make it appear like a
watercolor, pencil drawing, or pastel sketch.
● Improved cropping Not only can you drag crop handles to manually crop a
picture but you can also apply a built-in cropping ratio and then move the cropping
“window” around over the picture until you get precisely the part you want.
● Text effects WordArt has had a makeover. You can still use WordArt to create
distinctive headlines, but now you can use its effects on any selected text.
● Screenshots You no longer need to go outside of PowerPoint when you want to
insert a screenshot into a slide. This capability is now built into PowerPoint.
● Improved SmartArt Graphics tool A whole new category has been added to
SmartArt so that you can include pictures as well as text in your diagrams.
● Video tools Found a perfect video, but it is too long to include in a presentation?
Now you can insert the video and then use the video editing tools built into
PowerPoint to trim and format it. You can also insert a link to a video on a Web
site into a slide.
● Version merging You can merge two versions of the same presentation and
accept or reject changes.
● Team collaboration Team members can now work simultaneously on a presentation
stored on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 server or in Windows Live SkyDrive.
● Broadcasting You can review a presentation with colleagues via the Web by working
through a free broadcasting service. Your colleagues can view the presentation
in their Web browsers and give feedback via a conference call.
● Language support If you need to conduct business internationally across language
lines, you can easily tailor the language of your working environment. You can also
use new translation tools to collaborate with team members in other countries.
● Unsaved file recovery How many times have you responded No without thinking
to the “save changes” message when closing files, only to find that you have discarded
work you wanted to keep? PowerPoint now preserves your unsaved files
for a period of time, allowing you to recover them if you need them.