How to Use PowerPoint 2003: The Basics


Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation program used worldwide. It can not only be used in the office to organize material in a creative way, but also in companies if you need to introduce a certain topic to an audience or even at school to complement a presentation. It comes with a good variety of different effects that you can add to your project which you can use to catch people´s attention during the presentation.

PowerPoint Viewer 2003 is a version of PowerPoint that allows you to visualize presentations even if you don´t have the software installed. It is compatible with Windows operating systems in general which makes it very convenient, it´s easy to download and it´s a free version of it too.

PowerPoint allows you to create professional slideshows and presentations. Usually used in executive meetings, networking, and many other types of presentation – PowerPoint by Microsoft is made to help everyone share their thoughts in a more visible and precise method.

First, open Microsoft PowerPoint. On the first page, you can have the Title and the Subtitle of your document. You can click both the title and subtitle box and placed them on top, middle, or anywhere you want it to be.

On the left side of the screen, is a view of your Outline and Slides, however, you may want to stay on Slides and have an overview of the PowerPoint you are creating.

After you set up the title and subtitle page, click on ‘New Slide’ at the top right side of your screen and it will give you your next page or options of slide layout that you can use on your PowerPoint document. You can play around the slides available in your layout page and see what type of slides are perfect for the type of document that you are going to create.

Now, if you go to the Slides area, every new slide that you are going to add will appear on your Slides overview. If you want to go back on the first page, simply click the first slide shown in the slides area and it will easily bring you back to the page where you want to check something or do some changes.

Above your screen is where you can see the tool bar. You can click ‘New’ if you want to create a new presentation. You have the ‘Folder’ tool if you want to grab something from your computer’s folder and put it in your presentation, the ‘Saved’ button, the ‘Printer’ tool to print out your presentation and the ‘Email’ tool to let you email your presentation, etc.

From your tool bar, you also have the ‘Search’ button, which gives you access to a search page while doing your presentation. You can use a dictionary, thesaurus, or even connect to the Internet using Bing as the search engine.

Now, if you click on ‘Designs’ on the right side of your tool bar, it will give you access to different slide designs that you want to use on your presentation.

Basically, the ‘Designs’ tab will give you options to choose from different themes and cool backgrounds that you can apply on your PowerPoint document.

Below, you also have other cool features and tools that you can use on your PowerPoint document. You can click ‘Draw’ to draw a shape, or go to ‘Auto Shapes’ for available selections of shapes, add a line, an arrow, word art, and even search for a clip art that you want to use on your presentation.

When searching for a clip art, first click the clip art tool in the tool bar below. There will be a new slide that will appear on the right side of your screen. Above it is a ‘Search’ button, type in the type of clip art that you want to use and it will give you all the available photographs that you can apply on your PowerPoint presentation. Just click the specific photo/clip art that you want to use, and it will automatically appear on the recent slide that you are working on.

You can also click the ‘Insert’ tab if you want to insert an image or photo, movie, and even a sound or music that is saved in your computer.

Lastly, if you want to view your presentation or slide show, click on ‘View Show’ at the top tool bar, or you can click F5 to automatically view your finished PowerPoint slideshow.