The AutoContent Wizard


For the first section of this PowerPoint course, we’ll take you through
the steps needed to generate a quick presentation. We’ll use the AutoContent
Wizard. When the wizard finishes putting together a basic presentation,
we’ll then take a look at the various areas of powerpoint, so that you
can familiarize yourself with the software. Off we go then!

Launch powerpoint from your programmes menu, or desktop shortcut. When
the programme opens, you’ll see the following dialogue box appear, if
you have powerpoint 2000:

If you have powerpoint 2003, you won’t see this box. Instead, look
for the Task Pane on the right hand side. Here it is:

Select From AutoContent Wizard. You’ll then see the wizard appear.

For the first step of the AutoContent Wizard, there’s nothing to do:

But notice the green square on the left of Start. This shows
you where in the Wizard you are. As you can see, there are three more
steps to go before the finish. Click the Next button:

The Presentation Type screen allows you to select the sort of
presentation you’re going to give. Click the buttons to see more options
appear. For this first slide show, click on General, and then
select the Generic option. Click Next to go to the Presentation
Style step:

Select On-Screen presentation, if it’s not already selected.
Then click Next to see the Presentation Options:

There are not many Presentation Options to set, but type the following
in the Presentation title box:

You can include a footer on every slide. This can be your company’s
name, your name, or anything that you want to appear on the very bottom
of each slide of your presentation. In our footer, we’ve typed Home
and Learn. Leave the two options ticked (Date last updated and Slide

Click Next and you’re finished with the Wizard:

Click the Finish button and powerpoint will create your presentation.

The slide show that the Wizard creates is merely an outline. You’ll
see a background image, and some place holders for things like text
and images.

The different powerpoint areas can take some getting used to. Before
we see what the various areas do, have a look at your presentation by
clicking Slide Show from the menu bar at the top. From the Slide
Show menu, select View Slide Show (Or just press the F5 key on
your keyboard.):

A slide in your presentation should fill the entire screen. To move
on to the next slide, click once with your left mouse button. There
are nine Slides in the presentation that the Wizard produces. If you
want to quit, press the escape key on your keyboard (The Esc key in
the top left).

With one of the Slides fully on your screen, though, notice the arrow
buttons in the bottom left. Left click a button and you’ll see a menu

The menu allows you to navigate through the slide show, or to end the
show. You can see the same menu by right clicking anywhere on the screen.

Quit the slide show to return to powerpoint, and we’ll take as look
at the various areas of the software.

First, though, save your work by clicking File from the menu bar, and
then Save. When you’re saving your work, note that a powerpoint file
ends in the letters ppt. If you see this file extension then
you know it’s a powerpoint presentation.


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