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Video:What is PowerPoint?

with Brian Smith

PowerPoint is a great software program to help you make clear and visual presentations. Watch this video from About.com to learn how to use PowerPoint and its many useful functions.See Transcript

Transcript:What is PowerPoint?

Getting ready to give a presentation and you’re looking for some software to help?  Hi!  I’m Brian Smith for About.com here to explain what PowerPoint software is. 

PowerPoint Can Be Used for Various Presentations

PowerPoint is a program for your Windows PC or Mac that can display visual aids when giving presentations.  PowerPoint has been around since the early 1990s when it was introduced about the same time as Windows version 3 was introduced.  You can purchase the software alone or it can come bundled with Microsoft Office. 

PowerPoint Functions as a Slideshow

Although the software has evolved from the first iterations, the basic idea behind the software is the same. It works kinda like a slide show.  The user creates individual slides that can contain text, pictures, video and music.   

How to Present with PowerPoint

Presentations are normally given in front of a crowd and a projector is used to project the slides onto a projector screen.  Other times presentations can be given on just the computer screen, a large monitor, mobile devices such as phones and tables tablets or over the internet. 

The presentation, sometimes called a Slide Deck, is advanced by tapping a key on a keyboard, clicking a mouse or with wireless device that can tell the PowerPoint presentation to go to the next slide or to go back. 

Adavantages of PowerPoint

The advantages of using software like PowerPoint is it can provide your audience with visual cues during your presentation to help keep your talk interactive and it can help keep the presenter, on track as well.  Finally, you can print your presentation to hand out so others can follow along or to be used as a leave-behind. 

I hope this gives you a general idea of what PowerPoint is and how it’s used.  For more information, be sure to check us out on the web at compute.about.com 

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