Common Presentation Terms

In making a presentation, there are some terms that can maybe help or improve your elocution of it. They are not necessarily concrete terms and things you will always need to use, but they can most definitely help. These terms will also help you understand what certain presentation items are and how to utilize them correctly and efficiently.

Starting with some basic PowerPoint tools and features, one major one is the placeholder. These are immediately within your PowerPoint presentation, no mater the layout, and are rectangular shapes that allow you to “click to add text/title/subtitle” and also allow you to add in photos, charts, tales, etc. They can also be added to your slides as needed throughout the work process. Your slides are your work space; this is where you put your images, text, charts, tables, GIF’s, etc. The slide layout is how your slides are arranged. There are several different layouts to choose from based on the design theme of your overall project(design themes are premade formatting for your slides that include predefined backgrounds, colors, fonts, etc. You can manually change these, or you can change your design theme as a whole, but they make it a little easier to make your presentation, well, presentable). The animations and transitions in your presentation are good tools for making it seem more professional and presentable, but there are key differences between them. The transitions are the actual way your slides progress between each other, and the animations are the styles in which they transition.

With views, views are the different ways of looking at your presentation while working in the physical presentation. Views can be separated into two groups, which can each further be broken down: there’s Presentation and Masters, where Presentation views can be broken down into Normal, Slide Sorter, Notes, etc, and where Master views can be broken down into Slide Master, Handout Master and Notes Master. Presentation views are views you use within PowerPoint to see your work in different ways. The normal slide view is the default view when you open PowerPoint. This shows your notes pane(at the bottom), your slide pane(main area where you work on slides), and the outline pane(the pane on the far left). The slide sorter view is a view that only shows you the thumbnails of every slide and navigates among all of your slides. This is especially. The outline view is similar to slide view, but instead of having slide priority, it has outline priority;  it does not show slide thumbnails, just the text and any subsequent information/photos in bullet point form on the left. The notes page view is a view that displays an image of the current slide you’re working with as well as your notes tab at the bottom. Really, this view just enlarges the space in which you write in your notes, and allows you to add other things to your notes like images. Below, from top left to bottom right, are the normal view, slide sorter view, outline view, and notes view. 



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