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Printing powerpoint notes and handouts
The following article is a transcript from a our video product, "Intro to Powerpoint XP."

A great way to supplement your PowerPoint presentation, is by printing handouts for your audience. For example, if you are teaching a class you could give your students printed copies of your slides that they can write on and study later. You may also want to print notes for yourself that you can look at while presenting your show.

To print your slides, go to the menu bar and select [File – Print] or use the shortcut [Control + P]. You’ll get the typical print menu where you can change options like your printer, range, and number of copies. However, there are some additional options that are specific to Powerpoint …

What can you print?
There are a couple of different types of handouts that you can print:

  • Slides: This mode prints each slide on a single piece of paper. This is only useful for printing your slides onto clear transparency sheets for use on an overhead projector.
  • Handouts: The most useful feature, you’ll probably use this the most. This mode allows you to print perfect replicas of your slides. You can specify the number of slides per sheet, and fit up to 9 slides per page (and save a lot of paper). If you select 3 slides, a lined area will appear next to each slide that students can write notes on. You should also check off the “frame slides” box so that each slide has a black line around it.
  • Outline: This mode prints out all the text from your presentation in an outline format. This looks nice, but no pictures are included.
  • Notes Page: This will print out sheets with your personal notes on the bottom.

PowerPoint 2002 now lets you preview your handout before printing, so I recommend using the print-preview button often as you experiments with these print types. If you wish to make many copies, I recommend setting the colors to black and white. This will look best on a laser printer and will photocopy well.

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