So week two of my PowerPoint project has begun. Last week I talked about creating your own PowerPoint templates using Autocollage. Here’s the next step…
Well, first thing first. I want to navigate through the PowerPoint only by using Action Buttons, so start by adding a slide transition and disabling the mouse click (see image above). Once this is in place you can add action buttons. Now there are lots of fine tutorials online about adding action buttons: take a look here for 2003 and here for 2007 if you’re not quite sure. There’s also some fantastic examples of how to use them on Simon Haughton’s blog you can go and check out. None of these skills are new but it is good to recap! I want these PowerPoints to work like a reference book so they need to include a navigational contents slide (see below) .
Next step – add video content. I usually search for video clips and convert them into wmv. format so they can easily be inserted in the PowerPoints. In 2007 this is easy peasy as the insert movie icon is clearly displayed on the ribbon. And it’s not that difficult in 2003 either – just go to the insert tab and you’ll find it easily enough.
One tip I would give you though is that, if you’re preparing PowerPoints with movie files linked in (they won’t embed in a Powerpoint) at home for use elsewhere put the movie and the PowerPoint in a folder together and insert the movie from there. Then, when you transfer things to your memory stick to carry in to work with you, you’ll know you’ve got both the PowerPoint and the movie with you. It’s a good tip and, if you want to to share your efforts,it’s something you will need to do.
No to add hyperlinks to the internet. There a number of ways you can do this but I decided to insert little button images as it’s an easy way to add hyperlinks. Place the buttons where you want them then copy them and paste them onto subsequent slides – thus avoiding having to insert them again and ensuring they are in a uniform place on each slide. Then to add the hyperlinks
Open up the internet to find a useful website for our slide topic. Once one has been located just minimise the website and right click the first button so the hyperlink box appears. When you’ve got that done simply maximise the webpage then minimise it again. Just like magic the web address was now in the hyperlink address bar on the PowerPoint. Now as far as I know this only works with Internet Explorer (please correct me if I’m wrong) but it’s a pretty cool trick .
So all that’s us to do is add more content. Of course with the mouse click disabled you’re going to have to be creative, so use timing and/or hotspots! You could even record information directly onto the PowerPoints using a microphone. You’ll get the idea.