Make the switch to PowerPoint 2013

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This video shows you the Top 5 things that have changed in PowerPoint 2013.

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Open a file from PowerPoint 2003, or click FILE > New and open a template, or blank presentation.

The ribbon

Instead of menus, the ribbon gives you tabs with groups of commands. The tools you use most are on the HOME tab.

  • Click INSERT to add pictures, videos, or sounds, and to create a photo album.

  • Click DESIGN for page setup, slide orientation, and themes.

  • Use the TRANSITIONS tab to use fades or wipes, the ANIMATIONS tab to make things move, and the SLIDE SHOW tab to start and run a presentation.

  • Use the REVIEW tab to add comments, check spelling, and share your presentation, and the VIEW tab to switch between views.

Save your files

  • Click FILE > Save As.

  • Select a location for your file and click Save.

  • If you use Office 365 or OneDrive, click Add a place, click the service you want to use, and then, log in.

If you already know PowerPoint 2003 and want to get up to speed fast with PowerPoint 2013, then you are at the right place.

When you see PowerPoint 2013 for the first time, you'll notice some changes.

First, there is a ribbon where the menu bar used to be. All of your favorite commands are still there, but now, they are easier to get to.

For example, here are your formatting buttons and here you can insert things like Pictures and Text Box.

Need to check spelling? It is on the REVIEW tab.

Look at these, better looking charts and diagrams.

Go to the INSERT tab and then click Chart.

Choose a Chart Type on the left and you'll see a preview on the right.

Click OK and there is a great looking chart.

The file format is new. Now, when you Save a new presentation, you'll create pptx file by default not a ppt file.

But don't worry, you can always create a ppt file, if you want.

And you can always open them too, in case someone sends you one.

Look what happens now when you click FILE.

This is the backstage where you go to manage your presentation, and it is also where you go to set PowerPoint Options.

The backstage is also where you go to Save and Open files and where you go to Share and Export your presentations.

So, we have just shown you a quick overview of what has changed. Now, let's go into more details.

In the next video, you'll get a first in-depth look at PowerPoint 2013. Let's get started.

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