How to Create a Jeopardy Game Using PowerPoint

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With Microsoft's PowerPoint program, you can recreate the format of NBC's classic TV game show, Jeopardy. With full control of the questions, answers and points awarded, you can create a Jeopardy game to fit any setting or topic. Creating the game requires a basic understanding of slide creation and how to use hyperlinks, but with a little practice anyone can bring Jeopardy to the home -- minus Alex Trebek, of course.

Creating the Category Table

To start, you'll need the table with the category listings and point values for correct answers. Start a new project and set the first slide to "Blank" using the layout menu on the Home tab. Select the Insert tab, followed by "Table" from the Tables group. Set the number of columns to five and rows to six and click "OK," then stretch the table to fit the entirety of the slide. The top set of rows should be dedicated to the category names, while subsequent rows should be dedicated to the point values of each question. If you want to do a round of "Double Jeopardy," make a second slide in the same fashion. If you're including "Final Jeopardy," you'll need a table with a single row and column in the center of its own board.

Creating Question Slides

You'll need an individual slide for each question on the boards, so 20 slides per round, plus one for "Final Jeopardy." Each slide should be in the "Blank" format, and have a text box inserted in the middle containing the question. Return to the slide with the board and click the table cell for the question's corresponding point value. Then select the Insert tab and select "Hyperlink" from the Links group. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, select "Place in this Document" from the "Link to" section and select the question slide. Repeat this process for each question and corresponding space on the board.

Creating Answer Slides

Answer slides are created in the same way as question slides, from blank slides with a text box in the center. Incorporating them into the game, however, is slightly different. On the question slide, select the Insert tab, followed by the "Shapes" menu and select the rectangle from the Action Buttons group. Make a small rectangle in the bottom right of the slide and select "Hyperlink to," followed by "Next slide" from the Action Settings dialog's Mouse Click tab. Clicking "OK" will set the button, which you can distinguish from the rest of the slide by using a different fill color or adding "Answer" with a text box. On the answer card, create a similar action button using the same steps but set the "Hyperlink to" action to "First slide," so that clicking it after revealing the answer will return you to the category board. Repeat as necessary for all question and answer slides.

Slide Order and Extras

For these instructions to work properly, your PowerPoint presentation must be in a specific order. The first slide should always be the category board, followed by a question slide, followed by that question's answer slide. For example, the order should be Categories, Question A, Answer A, Question B, Answer B and so on. Additional rounds should have their own project files for simplified game construction. You can also create video or audio clues by adding video and audio files to the question slides instead of text boxes.