Create outlines in Microsoft Excel, formatted for failsafe import into Microsoft PowerPoint.
Typically, the last thing I would want to do is create my presentation outline in a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel. In
one of my training sessions, I was showing participants how they could create presentation outlines for PowerPoint in Notepad or
Microsoft Word, and one of the attendees wanted to know how he could create an outline in Excel! To understand why anyone would want
to create an outline in Excel, you probably need to be an Excel junkie. Rather than go and discuss what an Excel junkie means, I'll
show you how an outline can indeed be created in Excel. This technique works on all versions of Excel for Windows and Mac OS X.
Launch a new Excel workbook (see Figure 1).
Figure 1: Excel workbook
Now type in all the text content you want using these guidelines (refer to Figure 2):
For slide titles, use column A.
For first level bullets (or subtitles in a title slide), use column B on a different row.
For the second level bullets, use column C on a different row.