Software & Apps MS Office Learn How to Use PowerPoint 2007 A beginner's guide to backgrounds, fonts, transitions, and more by Wendy Russell Writer Former Lifewire writer Wendy Russell is an experienced teacher specializing in live communications, graphics design, and PowerPoint software. our editorial process Wendy Russell Updated on November 24, 2018 Hero Images/Getty Images MS Office Powerpoint Word Excel Outlook Tweet Share Email PowerPoint is a software program to enhance your oral presentation and to keep the audience focused on your subject. It operates like an old-fashioned slide show but uses modern technology in the form of computers and digital projectors rather than a slide projector of old. The 10 Most Common PowerPoint 2007 Terms There are several new terms in PowerPoint 2007 that were not there in earlier versions, such as ribbon and contextual menus. This handy quick list of common PowerPoint 2007 terms will get you well on the way to learning the presentation lingo. Slide Layouts and Slide Types in PowerPoint 2007 Each page in a PowerPoint presentation is called a slide. PowerPoint presentations run just like the slide shows of old, only they are broadcast through a computer instead of a slide projector. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you all the different slide layouts and slide types. Different Ways to View PowerPoint 2007 Slides PowerPoint has several different views to look at your slides. You can see each slide on its own page or as several thumbnail versions of the slides in Slide Sorter view. Notes pages offers a place to add speaker notes below the slide, for the presenter's eyes only. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you all the different ways to look at your slides. Background Colors and Graphics in PowerPoint 2007 The only reason I can think of the keep your slides plain white is for printing purposes, and there are ways to get around that. Add some color to the background to jazz it up a little. This PowerPoint tutorial will show you how to change the color of the background in a variety of different ways. Design Themes in PowerPoint 2007 Design themes are a new addition to PowerPoint 2007. They work in a similar way as the design templates in earlier versions of PowerPoint. A really nice feature of the design themes is that you can immediately see the effect reflected on your slides, before committing to a decision. Add Clip Art or Pictures to PowerPoint 2007 Slides Pictures and graphics are a big part of any PowerPoint presentation. They can be added using the icon on the content layout slide types or simply by using the Insert tab on the ribbon. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you how to use both methods. Modifying Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2007 Sometimes you like the look of the slide, but things are just not in the right places. Moving and resizing slide items is just a matter of clicking and dragging the mouse. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you how easy it is to move or resize pictures, graphics or text objects on slides. Add, Rearrange or Delete PowerPoint 2007 Slides Just a few mouse clicks is all that is needed to add, delete or rearrange slides in a presentation. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you how to rearrange the order of your slides, add new ones or delete slides that you no longer need. Use Slide Transitions for Movement on PowerPoint 2007 Slides Transitions are the movements you see when one slide changes to another. Although the slides are animated, the term animation in PowerPoint, applies to the movements of objects on the slide, rather than the slide itself. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial will show you how to add the same transition to all slides or give a different transition to every slide. Custom Animations in PowerPoint 2007 Custom animations applied to key points in your presentation will ensure that your audience is focused where you want them to be.