If you’re not harnessing the power of office.com in your use of Microsoft Office 2010, you are depriving yourself of a wealth of free professional content.
Today’s tip will help you leverage the free templates in Microsoft PowerPoint, helping you find a template that will allow you to create a professional presentation with as little effort as possible.
Finding the Templates in PowerPoint 2010
Open Microsoft Powerpoint and you get a default, blank presentation. Boring. Let’s spice things up by reviewing the template options. Don’t despair. You can use these templates and make them your own, easily. For more on this, check out the link to our April 21st free training event at the end of this entry.
Step 1: Click on the File tab, then click on New.
Step 2: Review your options in the Office.com Templates Section. See what’s out there. For this exercise, we will choose PowerPoint Presentations and Slides.
Step 3: Next we see a group of folders breaking the free templates down into groups. This is where I want you to explore. Look at all the groups and the type of content they contain. Remember, you are free to use it all.
Step 4: For our example, choose Business Presentations. Click on each to highlight the option, then look at the description pane at the right of the screen for more details and a download link.
Step 5: Download a template and start experimenting. You may even find a complete presentation if you are presenting on a standard topic!
This is just a quick way to get started. If you’re looking for a little more, visit our upcoming free training event:
Bring your lunch and a laptop, or just a notepad and we will cover some basic usage techniques for Office 2010 products. Still on an older version, don’t worry; most of the tips we cover will work in Office 2007 and 2003 products, so you won’t be left out.
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