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Understanding the Basics of Computers, Special Edition
April 30, 2012

Ezine issue 24

Understanding the Basics of Computers

Your source for computer tips and tricks for the beginner computer user

May 2012 Issue 24

Welcome to the May issue of Understanding the Basics of Computers. We have new pages coming out every week, a small selection of video tutorials, and coming soon live webinars including Q & A session after lesson for a small fee. I hope the article I chose in this issue helps you with your computer problems or teaches you something you didn't know before.

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In this issue: Focusing on PowerPoint 2010

I hope you find this basic information on PowerPoint 2010 beneficial.

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PowerPoint 2010 has an overwhelming number of features, many of which the typical person will never use. There are several features that are worth noting for making the creation of presentations easier.

1. PowerPoint allows people to deliver a message in unique and creative ways. Using themes in PowerPoint helps keep a consistent, yet appealing, look that won't overpower the message on the slide. To use themes, click on the Design tab, then choose the Themes group. The More button then displays the gallery which comes already loaded with 40 themes. Moving the cursor over each theme will display a preview to get an idea how it will look in the presentation. To select a theme for the entire presentation, right click on the theme and select Apply to All Slides.

2. Sometimes the first draft of a presentation needs certain changes made on each slide: style, color and font size changes, for instance. Using the Format Painter allows one to change these on a block of text on each slide easily.

3. Once you have changed a line (or paragraph) in a way that you would like to have applied to other parts of the presentation, select the text with the cursor/mouse. Look for the Format Painter button on the Home tab and double click it. Now go to the next place to apply the formatting and select that text. The selected text will now have the new formatting. Repeat this for any text you wish in the presentation. When you are finished, go back to the Home tab and click once on the Format Painter button to turn this function off.

4. A PowerPoint 2010 file can become quite large if it includes a number of images. To reduce the size of the images and the overall file, go to the Format tab and select Picture Tools. Select Compress Pictures and a window will pop up with additional options. Check the Delete Cropped Areas of Pictures box and click on OK.

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I hope this issue of Understanding the Basics of Computers was helpful. If you have any suggestions for next months issue or comments on this issue please let me know.

Keep learning about your computer,
Jennifer Anderson
www.free-computer-tutorials.net

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