We’ve all seen and used the standard PowerPoint handouts.
Without a doubt they’re often helpful for the audience but let’s face it, there are times when you want to give your audience a bit more in a handout without actually adding that information to the slide.
Given that situation, you’ve got to wonder if there’s a way to easily customize those standard handouts to include more than just the slides and a few blank lines.
While I’m sure there are many feasible solutions to the situation today I’d like to take a look at the Create Handouts feature that’s a part of PowerPoint 2010’s Save & Send set of choices.
Under the File tab of the Ribbon, select Save & Send then click Create Handouts.
On the far right you’ll see an explanation for this choice.
As you can see when you use this function, you are actually sending the handouts to a Word document.
After you click the Create Handouts button below the explanation, you’ll be presented with the following dialog box:
Here you’ll have to make a few decisions regarding exactly what setup you want PowerPoint to use when creating your Word document handouts.
Select an option and click OK.
Once it’s in Word, you can easily edit it, just like any other document, and add in that extra stuff you’d like to include without the hassle of actually altering your slides.
Voila! Customized presentation handouts with minimal extra effort… sounds like a good plan to me!