How to Use Microsoft Word Slideshow

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You cannot use Microsoft Word to create slideshows. Microsoft Word is word processing software produced by Microsoft to create text-based documents. To create a slideshow, users must use Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. Both programs should be available if you have the full, legal installation of Microsoft Office 2007.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

Step 1

Open Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. Choose "New file" to create a slideshow. You can then choose from a variety of templates including agendas, calendars, party invitations, wedding invitations and other styles.

Step 2

Add text. Each slide of a slideshow allows you to add text, pictures and animations. The templates come with areas you can click on for adding text. You can highlight the text to change the size of it. You can choose Insert Picture to insert a photo or clip. Clip art samples are also available when you choose clip art.

Step 3

Use slideshow notes. Located below the main slides is a blank white form where you can type in your slideshow notes. The "presenter's notes" are ideally what any presenter using your slideshow can say about each individual slide. The notes can contain reams of information or a few sentences. Under the View tab, you can choose Notes Page in order to widen the window you can type into.

Step 4

Rehearse the timing. The purpose of a slideshow is to smoothly present information by cycling through the slides. You can test the timing by choosing the Slide Show tab. Under this tab, you can rehearse the timing or record the narration. This allows you to test the transition times.

Step 5

Customize your slideshow. You can use the Animations and Design tabs to customize your slideshow. The Animations tab allows you to design the transitions between slides. You can puzzle them out, slide them from top to bottom or scroll them naturally. Under Design, you can choose themes, slide orientation (landscape or standard), colors, fonts, effects and more.

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