World Wide Web

What about the World Wide Web? We all know how that's exploded. Can you convert presentations to the Web?

Yes, and I can't think of a better way to have your presentation reach people all over the world. Instead of presenting to people in a room, you can dazzle viewers around the world from Brazil to Tokyo!

But is it easy to do? People want easy.

Oh, it's a snap! You just need to use my Save as Web Page feature. It's as simple as waving a wand.

Well Hocus Pocus Harry Potter! Tell us how to conjure up this handy feature!

Converting your presentation into Web pages
Follow these steps to convert your presentation into Internet format.

    1. Open the presentation you want to convert.

    2. Click the Microsoft Office button and select Save As. The Save As dialog box will appear.

Selecting the Save as Web page command

    3. In the Save in box, select where you want to save your presentation.

Saving Files for the Web tip

    4. In the File name box, type a new name for your presentation to have on the Internet, or leave it as is.

    5. From the drop-down list in the Save as type box, select the Web Page option which will save your presentation as a Web page along with a folder that contains all related files needed to run your presentation. Alternatively, you can pick Single File Web Page, which will save your presentation as a Web page with everything put together as a single file.

Select Web Page as Save as type

Now in the Save As dialog box, the Change Title and Publish buttons appear.

    6. Every Web page on the Internet has a title. If you do not like the name already given in Page title, click on Change Title and type in the title you want. Click OK.

Type a title for your presentation as a Web page

    7. If you don't want to customize the contents of how your presentation will be on the Internet, click Save. Your presentation is now converted.

Click Save to convert

    8. To change various web publishing options, click the Publish button. The Publish as Web Page dialog box opens.

    If you're really ambitious, there are even more options that let you control how your presentation will look in a browser. To try some of them out, click on the Web Options button in the Publish as Web Page dialog box.

    When you finish choosing your options, click the Publish button. Your presentation is now converted.

Publishing as a webpage options

After we have converted our slides to Web pages, I want to see what it looks like. How do I do that?

Just fire up my ol' buddy Internet Explorer and I'll show you the rest. Explorer, by the way, plays saxophone in our band sometimes. When he's not out exploring.

Viewing your presentation on your computer

    1. Open an Internet Explorer 7 browser.

    2. Click the Alt key to make the File Menu appear in the toolbar. Click the File menu, then click Open. The Open Internet dialog box will appear.

IE7 Browser

    3. Click the Browse button and locate the page with the name you chose for your presentation which will have the file extension .htm. It will be located where you chose in the Save in box in the Save As dialog box when you converted your presentation to a web format.

Browsing your network places

    4. Click the file to select it, then click Open. Your Internet presentation will appear in the browser.

And how do we get those Web pages onto the World Wide Web?

For that you'll have to work with your Internet Service Provider.

Publishing your pages on the Web
The Web pages you create in PowerPoint do not automatically appear on the World Wide Web (WWW). You must make arrangements to have the pages stored on a Web server. Only then is your presentation available to Web users. You can usually publish your Web pages through an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

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