Create a presentation in four simple steps in PowerPoint

You can quickly create a simple 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, select 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've set up a presentation with a consistent theme and transition style. Next, add more slides, and fill them in with the text and visuals you need for your message.

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

    PowerPoint for Mac Theme

    To see more themes, point to a theme, and then select 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've set up a presentation with a consistent theme and transition style. Next, add more slides, and fill them in with the text and visuals you need for your message.

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

    Design themes are on the Design tab of the ribbon

    To see more themes, expand the Theme gallery Click the down arrow on the right end of the Theme list to open the entire gallery of Theme options .

  2. On the Home tab, click New Slide.

    The New Slide button on the Home tab or the ribbon

    To choose a different slide layout, click Layout to see a gallery of options, and then select the slide layout you want.

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

    To open the complete gallery of Transition options, click the downward pointing arrow at the right end.

    To see more transitions, expand the Transitions gallery Click the down arrow on the right end of the Theme list to open the entire gallery of Theme options .

  4. On the Transitions tab, in the Timing group, click Apply To All.

    Select Apply to All to use the transition on every slide in your presentation

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

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