wikiHow to Create Flash Cards in PowerPoint

Two Parts:Setting Up PowerPointCreating the Flash Cards

You can create memorable, effective flash cards in Microsoft PowerPoint by using simple "title/body text" slides and the "Fade In" animation. PowerPoint flash cards provide a quick and easy way to create a free, effective study tool.

Part 1
Setting Up PowerPoint

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    Compile your desired flash card content. Try to outline your content before making the actual flash cards. This will streamline your creation process later.
    • For example, if you're making flash cards for a science test, you might want terms and their definitions.
    • If you plan on using pictures in your flash cards, download or locate them now.
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    Open PowerPoint. You can make simple flash cards on any version of PowerPoint.[1]
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    Click "New Blank Presentation" from the option list. A blank presentation presents you with the most potential for custom formatting.
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    Click the "Insert" tab. From here, you can add slides and pictures.[2]
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    Click on "New Slide", then select "title and content". With this template, you can place your "question" part of the flash card as the title, and answer as the body text.
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    Click on your new slide in the left-hand pane. This will make the slide available for editing in the main window.

Part 2
Creating the Flash Cards

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    Create your question in the "Click to add title" box. For example, you might write "What is the study of living organisms?"
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    Create your "answer" in the "Click to add text" box. For example, you might write "Biology".
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    Click on the "Home" tab. You can edit the text style and font from here.
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    Change the font and text size of the "question" and "answer". The goal is to make them match in size and appearance. Formatting your text to match will make it less distracting, allowing you to focus on the content.
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    Select your "answer", then click on the "Animations" tab. From here, you can edit your slide transitions.
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    Click "Fade In". This transition means that your "answer" will fade into view when you click the mouse button during the slideshow.
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    Click "Effect Options", then click "By Object". This action ensures that all of your body text (your "answer") will fade in at once. You will also want to select this option for photos.
    • For multi-part answers, you should select "By Paragraph" instead, and then make each section of the answer a new line.
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    Click the "Insert" tab, then click on "Picture" to add pictures to your flash cards. Pictures make your presentation content easier to remember.
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    Choose your pictures, then click "OK". Although your default location for uploading from is your desktop, you can browse other folders for photos.
    • You may have to re-size your photo. You can do this by clicking and dragging one of the corners of the photo.
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    Click on the "Insert" tab, then click on "New Slide". Go through the process of creating the rest of your flash cards in this manner.
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    Click on the "Slide Show" tab. You can edit your Slide Show preferences in this menu.
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    Click "From Beginning" to start your show. This will start your slide show from the first slide.
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    Confirm that your flash cards work. When your first flash card appears in the slide show, you should only see the title ("question") until you click your mouse.

Tips

  • Microsoft Outlook's PowerPoint app and Google Drive's "Slides" are both free, online alternatives to PowerPoint.
  • The best way to memorize content is to make it interesting, so feel free to be creative with your pictures!

Warnings

  • Don't forget to save your work! You can do this by clicking "File", then "Save".

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Categories: PowerPoint Presentations