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One of the keys to a successful PowerPoint presentation is to have a solid outline from which to build your slides off of. A good outline provides you with a direction and a clear idea on the information you will present. The thing with PowerPoint is that it can be a bit tough to actually create an efficient outline. No need to worry however, as you can create it in Word first and then import it to PowerPoint, which will then automatically create the slides for you.
Here’s how to use Word to create a PowerPoint presentation.
How does this work?
The idea here is to use Word to establish the outline and basic text of a PowerPoint presentation. This outline can then be opened in PowerPoint and converted into slides. The way the program does this is through the use of heading styles in Word. Assigning a different heading style (we’ll explain how below) will create the outline of your presentation. For example, Heading 1 will be the title of each slide, while Heading 2 becomes the text.
There are two ways you can create an outline. Here’s both:
Using Outline view
Using Heading styles
Creating the presentation
When you are ready to create the presentation you can:
The slides should automatically be created below the title slide. If you didn’t apply any formatting to the text, it will likely show up in a slide on the left-hand side with no spacing. You will have to go in and edit it.
By creating an outline in Word first, you can cut down the time needed to format and edit slides in PowerPoint. Of course you will have to edit the slides and add color, themes, images, etc. But, this should help you create more professional presentations.
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Published on 24th April 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.