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Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010 Plain & Simple: Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2010! [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Muir
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Book Description

Get the guide that makes learning Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 plain and simple! This full color, no-nonsense book shows you the quickest ways to solve problems and learn the tools, using easy-to-follow steps and concise, straightforward language. You'll discover new and exciting ways to create and share dynamic presentations with any audience.

Here's WHAT you'll learn:

  • Create dynamic presentations for your audience
  • Include charts, tables, clip art, and other graphics
  • Add video clips and CD music
  • Animate slide and add transition effects
  • Edit and polish your presentations with ease
  • Create speaker notes and record narration

Here's HOW you'll learn it:

  • Jump in whenever you need answers
  • Easy-to-follow STEPS and SCREENSHOTS show exactly what to do
  • Handy TIPS teach new techniques and shortcuts
  • Quick TRY THIS! exercises help apply what you learn right away

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Book Description

Your easy, colorful, SEE-HOW guide to PowerPoint!

About the Author

Nancy Muir is the Vice President of Content and Curriculum for Look Both Ways Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to helping people of all ages stay safer online. She is also the author of more than fifty books on technology topics, including Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2007 Plain & Simple and the bestselling Computers For Seniors For Dummies from Wiley Publishing. Over the years, Nancy has worked in the software and book publishing industries as well as academia, and has served as a consultant to major technology companies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9031 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (May 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043EWUGG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Easy Way to Learn PowerPoint 2010 June 20, 2010
Don't let the title fool you with this book. When I saw the title I thought this book would be, as part of the title states, `Simple.' With over 20 years in the field and 10 years working heavily with PowerPoint I thought I would be bored at best with this book. I was surprisingly amazed by this book. With the new Ribbon in Microsoft Office and the new features introduced in PowerPoint 2010, this was an excellent resource for learning where and how to use the new features in PowerPoint 2010.

The book begins with covering the Ribbon and how to use some of the enhanced features in PowerPoint 2010. It then goes into the basics of making a PowerPoint. It covers how to make changes to the Slide Master, which in a support role was always a question from users.

What I enjoyed most was the coverage of the new features. When you consider the amount of new software released and the new features each carries, not including new hardware, and new technologies, it is impossible to keep up with it all. So they way this book covers not only the basics but also the new features in a relatively short book, at 272 pages, is a small treasurer.

The book gives a step-by-step in each chapter as it covers each feature. There is a brief description of the feature and what it is, then a walk-through of using the feature. The time it takes to go through the book and trying the feature can be accomplished within a day, or day and a half.

For anyone wishing to learn PowerPoint for the first time or learn how to use it better this is the book I would recommend this as your source.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Plain & Simple Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 provides a fine, colorful 'how to' guide to using PowerPoint, showing how to create charts, add video and audio, animate slides, and create speaker notes. Use it as an at-a-glance key to jumping in to answer questions and absorb screenshots of information: it's a visual set of exercises to learning PowerPoint's basics, in color.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great PowerPoint Learning Tool!!! July 1, 2010
What a great book!!

'Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Plain & Simple' is EXACTLY what anyone looking to learn PowerPoint needs by their side. With 250 pages of FULL COLOR (this is always a +++++ in my book) content spread over 17 chapters, you will go from thinking slides to DOING slides in no time at all!! This is one of those books that gains greatly from a unique size and presentation of material. The look just jumps of the pages and says READ ME, LOOK AT ME, LEARN FROM ME and I found it fun and pleasant to peruse.

How often do we use the word 'FUN' when it comes to computer books??


PowerPoint is one of the most popular software tools Microsoft puts out and I can think of few better guides than this wonderful book to get your rolling.

Pick it up TO-DAY!!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SREEEN SHOTS TOO SMALL TO READ!!!! February 11, 2013
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Do not buy this book!! I have new reading glasses and still cannot read the screenshots, which are on every page of the book along with explanatory text. The screenshots are invaluable in figuring out how to use PowerPoint. I wish I had paid attention to others' reviews about this book when they pointed out this problem. Amazing that this book even got published like this!! I am going to purchase a different book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plain and Simple PowerPoint March 23, 2011
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The book is much different than I expected. I thought it would be a step-by-step approaches to using PowerPoint. It is that, somewhat, plus screen shots, and all in color. It is plain and simple, a good guide to a complex program. I wish there was one for WordPerfect X5.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just give me the basics.... June 8, 2012
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This book is represented as a simple presentation of PowerPoint, and that's just what it is. I looked at several books, and this one seemed to be the clearest. I have been a PowerPoint user for many years, but 2010 was a wholesale change for me, so I wanted to brush up on basic new features in an organized way. I learned several things from this book that made it worth the price. Rather than used it in the suggested fashion (as a reference), I read it all the way through. If you want a clear, simple presentation of PowerPoint 2010, this is for you. Please note that not all of the books in this series are the same. They are by different authors and the clarity will not necessarily be the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It would not be fair to the author... March 16, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase give this well written book less than 5 stars.

The following review was edited slightly on August 10, 2013 to indicate that the reason I was tempted to give it just one star is because I want to hammer the publisher, MICROSOFT, for failing to include this book WITH the software. But as I say, doing so would be unfair to Ms. Muir.

However, because it is actually published by Microsoft, I had to resist a strong temptation to give it only one. This book is the software manual that Microsoft should have included with the software.

The most overlooked step in learning to use a software program is to "RTFM!" -- short for Read The F(...uh...Funny) Manual. Unfortunately, software publishers no longer provide manuals with their software and consequently we have legions of users who really don't know how to use programs like PowerPoint. This would be avoided if Microsoft would actually include a this one with the software.

This is a brief, but well written book. I have not been a big user of PowerPoint, but currently have a need to learn to use it well. This book is helping me build better presentations. Unexpectedly, it has also showed me features of the Office 2010 interface common to all of the programs that I would not have learned otherwise.

To the author, Nancy Muir...well done. To Microsoft...doom on you. You have demonstrated, by publishing this book, that you can find good authors to write good software manuals, but you are cheating your customers by failing to ship a decent manual WITH the software.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this book for a class it is what was recommended.
Got this book for a class it is what was recommended.
Published 29 days ago by cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for older parents to learn!
My older parents wanted to learn how to use PowerPoint... and they reported back that this was a great book for them to learn. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SJB
5.0 out of 5 stars microsoft powerpoint 2010 plain and simple.
This book is so simple, anyone can use it. I just love it. It is worth the price and you will love it.
Published 5 months ago by Flora Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I bought the book for my husband to use with a new program on his computer. He seems to be very well satisfied
Published 7 months ago by Anne Shriver
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for beginners
If you are new to Power Point, just want a refresher, or need to know some advanced features, this book is for you. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lindsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Computer learner
Trying to figure out how to make a DVD from Powerpoint. Haven't yet figured it out, but did it by another method.
Published 19 months ago by Peggy S. Hodge
1.0 out of 5 stars Returned Kindle Version
I bought this on my Kindle and returned it at once. In the first pages I read there was not a hint of punctuation. Read more
Published 19 months ago by happylady
3.0 out of 5 stars This product is just ok
Learned very little from this book.
Why do they require 20+ words. when one will suffice. I have no Idea but wish they would stop
Published 19 months ago by Chuck Roderique
1.0 out of 5 stars Too complex
It was supposed to be like the the For Dummies books.
It isn't. It's a Microsoft book. The book is too thick and too complicated. Read more
Published 20 months ago by legalmaven
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Point learning
I think this book helped me to learn PowerPoint 2010 a lot quicker that if I would have had to rely on the program help feature. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dennis J. Marko
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More About the Author

Nancy Muir has written over 60 books on technology and business topics, including several bestsellers and titles that have won awards for excellence from publishing industry organizations. Prior to her writing career Nancy worked for technology publishers IDG Books (now part of Wiley Publishing) and MacMillan Publishing, and was a Training Manager for Symantec Software. She has a certificate in Distance Learning Design from the University of Washington, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in English from Drew University. Nancy has taught Internet Safety and Technical Writing at the university level, and runs the website to support readers of her two iPad titles from Wiley.

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