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PowerPoint 2003: Slide Basics

PowerPoint 2003: Slide Basics

In this section, we’re going to cover all the things related to inserting and deleting slides. Plus, we’ll look at the available slide layouts.

Let’s start by talking about creating new slides.

Creating New Slides

Inserting a new slide is really more than just creating a new slide. There are so many different slide layouts to choose one that it can be a little overwhelming at first. But, not to worry – if you pick the wrong layout, you can just change it later.

To insert new slides, just start with the New Slide button on the Formatting toolbar.

Inserting a New Slide Using the Formatting Toolbar
     
  1. Click the New Slide command on the Formatting toolbar
     
  2.  
  3. Choose your desired slide layout on the Slide Layout Task Pane
     
Inserting a New Slide Using the Shortcut Menu
     
  1. Right-click any slide in the Slide pane
     
  2.  
  3. Choose New Slide from the Shortcut menu
     

 Duplicating A Slide

Duplicating a slide is one of the fastest ways to copy an entire slide. This way, you often just need to edit the text.

Duplicating Slide Using the Shortcut Menu
     
  1. Right-click any slide in the Slide pane
     
  2.  
  3. Choose Duplicate Slide from the Shortcut menu
     
Duplicating Slide Using the Keyboard
     
  1. Select any slide in the Slide pane
     
  2.  
  3. Press [Ctrl]+D
     

Deleting Slides

Individual slides are easily removed from a presentation when they are no longer needed by using the Delete button on your keyboard.

Deleting a Slide Using the Menu Bar
     
  1. Display the slide you want to delete
     
  2.  
  3. Choose Edit: Delete Slide from the Menu bar
     
Deleting a Slide Using the Shortcut Menu
     
  1. Right-click any slide in the Slide pane
     
  2.  
  3. Choose Delete Slide from the Shortcut menu
     
Deleting a Slide Using the Keyboard
     
  1. Select any slide in the Slide pane
     
  2.  
  3. Press [Delete]
     

About Slide Layouts

The default slide layout is the Title slide. This Title slide contains two text placeholders – one for the title and one for the subtitle. The exact position of these placeholders, however, varies based on the Design Template that you apply. (We’ll talk more about Design templates in another lesson.)

Layouts are incredibly helpful when inserting new slides because it means you don’t have to start from scratch.

Remember, any text you want to place on a PowerPoint slide needs to be inside of a placeholder. This means you either have to choose a layout with a text placeholder or you have to draw a text placeholder before you can add any text.

There are over 20 slide layouts available in PowerPoint 2003. However, you can always create more to add to this collection.

Figure 12. Standard Slide Layouts

Changing a Slide Layout Using the Menu Bar

     
  1. Display the slide you want to change
     
  2.  
  3. Choose Format: Slide Layout from the Menu bar
     
  4.  
  5. Choose your new slide layout
     

Deleting a Slide Using the Shortcut Menu

     
  1. Right-click any slide in the Slide pane
     
  2.  
  3. Choose Slide Layout from the Shortcut menu
     
  4.  
  5. Choose your new slide layout