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Creating Talking Books Using PowerPoint XP

Adapted from “How to Create Talking books in PowerPoint 97 & 2000”

by Richard Walter

The instructions provided in this document are based on PowerPoint XP and 2003.  Earlier versions of PowerPoint have similar controls and capabilities but they may not be located in the same place within the workspace. Note, however, that some of the more advanced and specialized animations are not available in earlier versions of PowerPoint.

First:  Create Folders for your Talking Book

Images

Talking Book

Sounds

1.

Decide where you’ll save your talking book.  

2.

Create a new folder and label it Talking Book.

3.

Open the Talking Book folder you just created.  Create two more folders inside.  Label them Images and Sounds.

Second: Create Blank Pages

1.

Launch PowerPoint.

2.

Set up the PowerPoint workspace with the toolbars you’ll need:

a.

Go to the Tools menu Customize Toolbars tab.

b.

Place a checkmark next to the Standard, Formatting, Drawing, and Picture toolbars.

c.

If necessary, move toolbars off the PowerPoint work area to one side.  To do this, click and hold down the left mouse button on the title strip and drag it to a new position.

3.

Go to the Format menu Slide Layout to format the first page to serve as a template for all the pages in your talking book.

a.

Select the Blank Page layout.

b.

Add page turning arrows.

i.

Go to the Slide Show menu Action Buttons. (These can also be accessed from the AutoShapes menu on the Draw toolbar.)

ii.

Select the forward arrow then click and drag the small cross hair cursor to draw a forward arrow on the page.

iii.

Click OK in the Action Settings dialogue box.

iv.

Click and drag the arrow to the lower right-hand corner of the page.

Adapted by: Susan BowdoinPage 1

Last updated on: 6/20/2007

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