How to Create a PowerPoint Presentation
This wikiHow teaches you how to create your own Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. PowerPoint is a program that's part of the Microsoft Office suite, which is available for both Windows and Mac computers.
Part 1Creating a New PowerPoint
1Click or double-click the PowerPoint app icon, which resembles an orange box with a white "P" on it. This will open the PowerPoint templates page.
2Scroll through the templates page until you find one which you like. Templates include things like custom color schemes, fonts, and general appearance.
3Click the template that you want to use. Its window will open. If you don't want to use a template, just click the Blank option in the upper-left side of the page and skip the next two steps.
4Many templates have different color schemes or themes indicated by colored boxes in the lower-right side of the window; clicking one of these boxes will change the color scheme and/or theme for your template. Skip this step if your selected template doesn't have any themes available.
5It's in the bottom-right corner of the window. Doing so selects your template and creates your PowerPoint presentation.
Part 2Creating the Title Slide
1Contrary to the rest of your PowerPoint presentation, your title slide should be completely devoid of content other than the title and subtitle. This is considered a professional must when creating a PowerPoint. If you're creating a PowerPoint presentation for which an elaborate title slide has been requested, ignore this step.
2Click the large text box in the middle of the first slide, then type in your title. You can change the font and size of text used from the Home tab that's in the orange ribbon at the top of the window.
3Click the smaller text box below the title box, then type in the subtitle that you want to use. You can also just leave this box blank if you like.
4Place your mouse cursor over one of the edges of a title box, then click and drag the box around the slide to reposition it. You can also click and drag in or out one of a text box's corners to shrink or enlarge the text box.
5It's at the top of the PowerPoint window. Doing so brings up a list of possible slide transition effects at the top of the page.
6Click a transition you want to use to apply it to the slide. This completes the title slide process; you can now move on to adding another slide for your presentation's main content. Placing your mouse over the transition will cause the slide to demonstrate what the transition will look like in practice.
Part 3Adding a New Slide
1It's at the top of the PowerPoint window. A new toolbar will open near the top of the window. On a Mac, you'll click the Home tab instead.
2It's on the far-left side of the toolbar. Doing so prompts a drop-down menu to appear. On a Mac, click the drop-down arrow to the right of the New Slide icon in the toolbar. Clicking the white slide-shaped box above this option will result in a new text slide being inserted.
3In the drop-down menu, click one of the following to add it to your presentation: Title Slide Title and Content Section Header Two Content Comparison Title Only Blank Content with Caption Picture with Caption
4You can certainly add slides as you go, but adding a few slides up-front will give you an idea of the layout of the presentation as you progress through it.
5Once you have more than one slide in your PowerPoint presentation, you can move the slides around by clicking and dragging a slide's preview box up or down on the left-hand column of the PowerPoint window. Naturally, the title slide should be the first slide in your presentation, meaning that it should be the top slide in the left-hand column.
Part 4Adding Content to Slides
1In the left-hand column of slide previews, click the slide that you want to edit. This will open the slide in the main presentation window.
2If you selected a slide that has a text box, you can add text to the slide. Skip this step and the next two steps if your selected slide uses a template that doesn't have text boxes in it.
3Click the text box, then type as needed. Text boxes in PowerPoint will automatically format the bulk of your text for you (e.g., adding bullet points) based on the context of the content itself.
4If necessary, select the text that you want to change, then click the Home tab and review your text formatting options in the "Font" section of the toolbar. You can change the font of the selected text by clicking the current font's name and then clicking your preferred font. If you want to change the size of the text, click the numbered drop-down box and then click a larger or smaller number based on whether you want to enlarge or shrink the text. You can also change the color, bolding, italicization, underlining, and so on from here.
5If you want to add a photo to your slide, click the Insert tab, then click Pictures in the toolbar and select a picture.
6Just like your title slide, you can move items around the slide by clicking and dragging them. Photos in particular can be enlarged or shrunk by clicking and dragging out or in one of their corners.
7Once you've created each of your presentation's slides, you can proceed to the next part. Remember to keep slides uncluttered and relatively free of distractions. It's best to keep the amount of text per slide to around 33 words or less.
Part 5Adding Transitions
1In the left-hand column of the PowerPoint window, click the slide to which you want to apply a transition.
2It's at the top of the PowerPoint window. This will open the Transitions toolbar near the top of the window.
3Transitions make your slide pop up in an exciting, eye-drawing manner during your actual presentation; you can see the list of available transitions at the top of the window.
4Click a transition at the top of the window to watch it run on your slide.
5Once you decide on a transition, click it to ensure that it is selected. The current slide will use the selected transition.
6You can apply transitions to specific pieces of slide content (e.g., a photo or a bullet point) by selecting the content, clicking the Animations tab at the top of the window, and selecting the transition that you want to use there. Slide content will animate in the order in which you assign transitions. For example, if you animate a photo on the slide and then animate the title, the photo will appear before the title.
Part 6Testing and Saving Your Presentation
1Once you've finished adding the bulk of your PowerPoint presentation's content, skim through it slide-by-slide to ensure that you haven't left anything out.
2This tab is at the top of the window. Doing so opens the Slide Show toolbar.
3It's in the far-left corner of the toolbar. Your PowerPoint presentation will open in slide show view.
4You can use the left and right arrow keys to move back and forward through the presentation. If you need to exit the presentation, press Esc.
5When you're done scrolling through the presentation, add any details that you forgot, delete any content that you want to remove, and so on.
6This will save your presentation as a file which can be opened on any Windows or Mac computer that has PowerPoint installed: Windows - Click File, click Save, double-click This PC, select a save location, enter a name for your presentation, and click Save. Mac - Click File, click Save As..., enter the presentation's name in the "Save As" field, select a save location by clicking the "Where" box and clicking a folder, and click Save.