by David Allen Russell
You might have never looked at this program on your computer
because it was originally designed for slide shows at business
presentations, but some smart entrepreneurs have figured out how
to stick a V8 motor in this Honda Civic, and are using it to
create very dramatic and professional looking web pages. You can
do that too.
Most PC users probably don't even know it's there, but if you
are using Windows 95 or better, it is probably there hiding in
your programs. To find it just click on Start, then go to the
very top and see if New Office Document is there. If you have
it, click on it. Wow! Up jumps a big file of options.
up the motor and go racing. Click on the tab that says General,
then select Blank Presentation. Now go to the top left of your
window and double click click on File. From the drop down window
list that will appear, click on Page Setup. You will get a page
of options of pages. Select Blank page. Now move your powerful
hand up and click on insert, then scroll down to Text box. Click
it open but don't try to make it bigger or it will disappear.
Just put your cursor inside the box and start typing. It will
expand as you type to any size you like. Once you have what you
want in it, go back up and click on Insert again. Use the text
box again to put as many items as you want on the page, and move
them around to suit your own sense of balance and form. Go to
Insert as many times as you wish and put in photos, graphics, or
whatever you wish.
All of the tools are available to you select
type size, color or graphics at this time, and if you want to
you will be able to use the PowerPoint tools as well. Color,
draw, distort, or alter any and all of the items that you have
put on the page. Options for background are also available by
just going to Format, then selecting Background. This will give
you many choices to color or even select photos or drawings.
When you have finished with your page you can print it on any
printer. Then, to save all the hard work you have done, click on
File, then Save As. When the window comes up type in where you
want it to go on the top line. Now you get to name it whatever
you want to call it. Type that in on the bottom line, and be
sure to add .ppt as the extension. Now click save Save and the
deed is done.
If you wish to save it in more than one place,
(perhaps in a file and on a floppy as well) click on File again,
then Save As again, and select another destination. You might be
so proud of yourself at this point that you will even want to
share your good work with someone else. So, if you want to you
can send it e-mail to anyone you like show off. Just put the
page up on your screen, click on Edit, Select All, then Edit
again, then Copy. Now you can close this document, and go on
line. Open your e-mail program, then type in the address where
you want to send it; and don't forget to type in what you want
to call it on the Subject line. Then put your cursor where you
normally write your message. Click there, then click on Edit at
the tope of the page. Then click Paste. Your document will
appear in tact in the message portion of you e-mail letter, and
then you click on Send.
Your Power Point pages will arrive at your friends e-mail
with all the color and graphics in place. You will be so cool in
their eyes that they will want you to tell them how you did it?
Just smile and say "It's a secret."
I've placed some examples on my web pages out there that you
Hope you enjoy this new found power.
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