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How To Create And Produce A Slide Show Presentation

Windows Movie Maker is extremely easy to use, in the older versions, once you had opened it up you could just follow the steps that were clearly numbered in the task pane and no other instructions were necessary.

With the newer versions, it’s still easy, just start from the top left of the screen and move to the right from there.

On the next four pages you’ll find more details instructions. If you still aren’t sure, take a look at some of the other great information listed on these pages, have a play with the tabs and the other features movie maker has and eventually you’ll pick it up with a bit of trial and error.

Step 1: Import The Pictures Or Images

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, select Accessories, and then click Windows Movie Maker.
  2. In the top left corner of the screen, click the image icon to add PHOTOS and VIDEOS, click the music note to add MUSIC, you can even take a WEBCAM VIDEO on the spot if you like, or record your speaking or singing VOICE (only if it’s good please *wink).
  3. An small screen will open up to import your pictures, so browse to the folder where you keep your photographs. You can select several pictures in a single folder by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking each picture or select ALL the picture in a folder by selecting the first one, hold down Shift, select the last one, right click on any of the pictures chosen.
  4. When you’ve selected your pictures, click Open. If you have pictures somewhere else that you’d like to import as well, click Open pictures again and repeat the process. PLEASE NOTE: There’s now an even easier way to import your pictures by using the Drag and Drop method.
  5. HOW TO USE DRAG AND DROP. Make the movie maker screen smaller by clicking the minimize button on the top right of your screen, next to the red X which closes down the entire program. Open the folder of pictures/videos you want to add, then just drag them across into the right hand side of the movie maker screen. Watch the magic as they upload quickly and easily.

Step 2: Adding Pictures To The Storyboard

With the older versions of movie maker, the pictures would appear in the Collections pane of the Movie Maker window and we’d have to manually drag and drop them into position. Now they’re added automatically and you just drag and re-position them, delete the ones you don’t want or upload some more that you do.

PLEASE NOTE: These are actually copies of your pictures, so there’s no risk of damaging your original images. Experiment with them as much as you like and have fun.


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