How to create a PowerPoint presentation with minimal pain and suffering

We are going to tell you that you can create a PowerPoint presentation without having to be the special guest on the stage. In fact, I’m going to tell you how you can do this for free! With just some smart feature selection within Microsoft Office PowerPoint and a bit of knowledge about formatting in Microsoft Office, you’ll be able to create and present a PowerPoint presentation in as little time as it takes to boil an egg.

1. Using Tables

Properly formatting your presentation with tables is a really important part of creating a good PowerPoint presentation. Not only does it look great, but it can also help you to create an overall structure for your slides that will make them easier to understand in the future.

2. Colour Coding

Always color code your slides according to their main content; i.e. if something is bold you should color it blue, while if it’s underlined it should be yellow, and so on.

3. Inserting Images

There is nothing more visual than an image. Images can help you to illustrate your point and can help to make people remember your presentation in the future.

4. Save your Presentation Often

It’s really easy to lose work when you’re still in the ‘idea generating’ stage of creating a presentation.

5. Adding Text Boxes

Text boxes are great if you want to add a lot of text to your presentation, and they’re also great if you want to create a title slide that focuses on text instead of pictures.

6. Formatting Text in PowerPoint slides

Sometimes, you may want to make selected text stand out in a way that you can’t with a simple bold or italic font. In this case, an underline or strike-through font can help your text to stand out from the rest of your slides.

7. Use the Speaker’s Notes Feature

If you are going to give your presentation live then this is essential. Using the speaker’s notes feature will allow you to quickly jump to any point in your presentation without having to scroll through a whole long list of slides. This way you can talk fast and get through any questions that may arise.

8. Applying Themes

Using a few simple theme styles can really help to make the presentation stand out from the rest of your slides.

9 = Adjusting Margins

It’s really easy to accidentally cram your presentation full of other stuff that doesn’t need to be there. For example, you may want to add a picture on the left-hand side that takes up half of your slide. When you do this, you may end up having to adjust the margins so that they don’t overlap with either your pictures or text boxes.

10 = Setting Up Slide Transitions

By default, PowerPoint usually has a few transitions (i.e. ways of moving from one slide to another) set up; however, you should always set up your own because they can help to make your presentation look more professional.


So there you have it! That’s how to create a PowerPoint presentation with minimal pain and suffering. Of course, there are more tips that we could add but these should be enough to get you started.

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