Understanding Slide Elements



Just about every slide in a presentation includes text. Text boxes allow you to enter words and paragraphs into your slide.


You can use bulleted lists to present data succinctly and focus the audience on specific points you want to make.


You can use clip art to illustrate your slides.


A slide can include a variety of elements, such as text, clip art, charts, and more. Each slide element is treated as an object on the slide, which means you can move or resize it as needed. The layout you select indicates what kind of object you can use; some offer a variety of object types. You can also add and delete slide objects. When selecting layouts from the Slide Layout pane, you can choose from several distinct slide elements as well as a combination of how those elements are arranged in a layout.


Defining Layouts

A layout is simply a design that tells PowerPoint where slide objects should appear on a slide. You can use the preset layouts in the Slide Layout pane, or you can build your own layouts from scratch starting with a blank slide.



You can use charts to present data in a visual manner.


You can add tables to your slides to organize and present data in an easy-to-read format.


Content boxes allow you to choose the type of object you want to add, such as a media clip, a diagram, or a picture file from another source.


Selecting Objects

When you select a slide element, the object is surrounded by selection handles. You can drag the handles to resize the object. You'll learn more about resizing in Part 5, "Illustrating Your Slides."


What Is a Media Clip?

Media clips are sound and video clips that, when activated, run on a slide. For example, you might include a brief audio interview in a slide show.


Defining Clip Art and Graphics

Clip art is predrawn artwork you can insert onto a slide; graphics or picture files are drawings from other sources, such as a photo from Adobe Photoshop or an illustration from Macromedia FreeHand.