Create a basic presentation in four steps in PowerPoint

You can quickly create the basic framework for a professional-looking presentation by applying a theme for a unified look, adding new slides with various slide layouts, and then adding visual interest by applying a slide transition to all slides.

  1. On the Design tab, click the theme you want.

    Themes gallery on the Design tab

    To see more themes, expand the Theme gallery Expand the gallery by clicking the down arrow .

  2. On the Home tab, click New Slide.

    Shows New Slide button on Home tab of the ribbon in PowerPoint

    To choose a different slide layout, click the arrow next to New Slide and then click the slide layout you want.

  3. On the Transitions tab, click the transition you want.

    Shows Transitions on the Ribbon in PowerPoint

    To see more transitions, expand the Transition gallery Expand the gallery by clicking the down arrow .

  4. On the Transitions tab, click Apply To All.

    Apply to All command on the Transitions tab in PowerPoint

Now you have the framework for a presentation with a consistent theme and transition style. Next, add more slides fill them in with the text and visuals you need for your message.

  1. On the Design tab, click the theme you want.

    PowerPoint for Mac Theme

    To see more themes, point to a theme, and then click More Down Arrow .

  2. On the Home tab, click New Slide.

    PowerPoint for Mac New Slide

    To choose a different slide layout, click the arrow next to New Slide and then click the slide layout you want.

  3. On the Transitions tab, click the transition you want.

    PowerPoint for Mac Transitions

    To see more transitions, point to a transition, and then click More Down Arrow .

  4. On the Transitions tab, click Apply To All.

    PowerPoint for Mac Transition Apply to All Command

Now you have the framework for a presentation with a consistent theme and transition style. Next, add more slides fill them in with the text and visuals you need for your message.

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