It's a great time for presentations

See the story of one young man's campaign for dog ownership

This video makes it look pretty simple to make a great, customized presentation using PowerPoint, but is it really THAT easy? As a matter of fact, yes, it is! Here’s a step-by-step guide to do what the young man in the video did, and make your own highly persuasive presentation:

1. Name your presentation and choose a font

PowerPoint starts you with a blank document. Follow the prompt on the screen to add a title:

Adding a title in PowerPoint

To change the font of your presentation, select the text, and then on the Home tab, choose a font from the menu.

Changing a font in PowerPoint

2. Insert a picture

Go to the Insert tab and choose Picture. Then locate a picture you want to use on your computer. You can also choose from Clip Art, or insert an entire Photo Album. Once you have a picture in your presentation, you can grab its corners to resize it or move it around.

Inserting a picture in PowerPoint

3. Choose a theme

The young man in the video chose a theme that automatically changed the fonts, backgrounds, and accent colors of his presentation to give it a professional look. You can do the same. Go to the Design tab and choose from the Built-in Themes.

PowerPoint themes

You can also click Colors and Fonts on the Design tab to create your own theme.

For more info on this, check out this article. You can also download free themes to make your presentation memorable.

4. Insert a chart

Nothing drives your point home like a chart. And you can easily create a chart from scratch in PowerPoint as easily as the boy in the video did.

On the Insert tab, choose Chart to create virtually any style of chart you can imagine. PowerPoint will guide you through the process of making and customizing your chart.

The types of charts in PowerPoint

You can also copy a chart from Excel and paste it into PowerPoint. Do this the same way you would copy and paste any other piece of content, by either right-clicking it, or using the keyboard shortcuts to Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V).

For more on charts, see this detailed guide.

5. Insert a video

To add a video to your presentation, go to the Insert tab and click Video. You can add video from your computer, or use the embed code to insert an online video.

Inserting video into a presentation

Once your video is inserted, you can resize and format it by right-clicking it and then clicking Format video.

Once your presentation is complete, launch it by clicking Slide Show Start in the lower-right corner of the PowerPoint window (pressing F5 will also launch the slide show).

There you go. That’s pretty much all there is to it. You're now well on your way to mastering the art of the presentation. We predict success, whether you want to close a sale or get a puppy of your own. For more info on building your PowerPoint skills, check out this article.

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