PowerPoint – introduction

PowerPoint – introduction – overview

This one-day workshop focuses on building a presentation from scratch, efficiently inserting lists, tables, pictures, diagrams and charts into slides. Those attending will learn how to control the look of an entire presentation by using the Slide Master and PowerPoint templates and themes.

Full details below or download course outline.

Learning objectives

This course will help participants:

  • Create templates using Slide Master
  • Create a presentation using a template
  • Insert slides and change the layout
  • Manage slides and control formats
  • Enhance slides using animation, pictures, charts and graphics
  • Work with tables, rows, cells and columns
  • Create and control paragraph lists
  • Insert titles and labels
  • Effectively use slide show controls and presenter view
  • Print slides, handouts and notes
  • No previous PowerPoint experience required
  • Designed for Office 365 versions: 2016, 2013 and 2010
Course format

A very practical, interactive one-day session for a maximum group size of 12. Comprehensive materials provided.

Expert trainer

Alan is a highly experienced and very popular IT skills trainer. After eighteen years as an employed IT trainer and training manager he went independent in 2013, specialising in Microsoft Office courses, primarily Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook and Access, although he also delivers training in other programs when required. His clients come from all sectors and include such organisations as The Economist, Hyundai, Marston Group, MediaCom, London Borough of Harrow, Paragon Customer Communications, ICP Global Creative, Bywaters, etc, etc.

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PowerPoint – introduction – course outline

1 Creating a presentation

  • Inserting new slides
  • Inserting slides with different layouts
  • Changing slide layouts
  • Creating a presentation from a template

2 Creating lists

  • Creating a bulleted paragraph list
  • Creating a numbered paragraph list
  • Editing paragraph lists
  • Controlling formatting within a list
  • Copying formats with the format painter

3 Inserting pictures, graphics and shapes

  • Inserting pictures from the web and computer
  • Enhancing inserted pictures
  • Visually communicating information with SmartArt diagrams
  • Converting a bulleted list to a SmartArt graphic
  • Controlling slide shapes

4 Inserting tables

  • Using tables to aid slide layout
  • Inserting and deleting rows and columns
  • Merging and splitting table cells
  • Changing text direction in cells
  • Formatting tables

5 Managing slides

  • Using slide sorter view
  • Duplicating slides
  • Reordering slides
  • Copying slides between presentations

6 Slide master view

  • Understanding slide master view
  • Using slide master to control formats
  • Creating a template from a slide master

7 Inserting charts

  • Using charts to spot trends in data
  • Inserting a pie chart into a slide
  • Inserting a column chart into a slide
  • Adding chart titles
  • Adding data labels
  • Changing chart types
  • Changing formatting within a chart

8 Slide animations and transitions

  • Visually enhancing slides with animation
  • Using text and object animation
  • Adding animation to lists
  • Making animation work for you
  • Adding slide transition effects

9 Printing a presentation

  • Printing slides
  • Working with print layouts
  • Printing audience handouts
  • Printing your speaker notes

10 Presenting a slide show

  • Confidently running a presentation
  • Using presenter view
  • Using the slide show controls