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PowerPoint Tips

An editable whiteboard allows you to type notes in real time during your presentation in order to transcribe audience ideas or feedback. 

  • Presenter View allows you to add notes to your slides that you can view on a laptop while your audience sees only your slides.
  • To enable, from the Slide Show tab > check the box labeled Use Presenter View. This view includes notes, upcoming slides, time elapsed, and other open programs on the computer.

You can also highlight or draw on your slides during your presentation. Right-click the slide that you want to write on, point to Pointer Options, and then click a pen or highlighter option.

PowerPoint allows you to insert a chart based on data that you enter into an Excel spreadsheet. 

  • To insert a chart select: Insert > Chart > choose the kind of chart you want from the Insert Chart. Click OK an Excel spreadsheet will open in a separate window for you to enter your data. 

Insert and audio or video item into you presentation by selecting Insert > Video or Audio > then browse for the file in the pop-up > select the item and click Insert.

Make a slide with links to other slides in your PowerPoint to move around slides easily (particularly useful during Q&A section of your presentation.

  • Select the text you would like to make into a link > right click > select Hyperlink. Choose Place in This Document on the left > choose the corresponding slide > OK. Repeat these steps for each item you would like to link to other slides in your presentation.


McMillan, D. (2012) Life After Death by PowerPoint 2012 by Don McMillan.

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