This 1-day Introduction & Intermediate PowerPoint training course is the quickest way to master the basics of PowerPoint.

It is a hands-on course designed for beginners. It includes plenty of time for experimenting with what you are being taught, trying things out for yourself and asking questions.

By the time you finish, you’ll be able to


Create, save and print PowerPoint presentations.
Create slides and modify your slide set-up.
Work with and format text.
Use the various editing views.
Insert and work with clipart, pictures and animations.


The Trainer

Lucinda is our usual PowerPoint trainer. She has been training Microsoft PowerPoint for over 20 years.

She is a certified Microsoft Office trainer, a certified life coach and also works as a teaching assistant working at a primary school one day per week.


Course Details

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Click on the sections below to see exactly what you cover during this beginners PowerPoint course.

We start this course by getting you comfortable with the PowerPoint window. We show you how the menus and options are structured so that you are happy with finding the various menus and options that you will need when working with your presentation. We also look at where to find information about the current presentation and slide that you are working on.

The key topics trained in this session are:

  • Working with Presentations
  • Understanding the Start Screen
  • Creating a New Blank Presentation
  • How Microsoft PowerPoint Works
  • Using Ribbon KeyTips
  • Showing and Collapsing the Ribbon
  • Understanding Backstage View
  • Understanding the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Adding Commands to the QAT
  • Understanding the Status Bar
  • Customising the Status Bar

Having got comfortable with navigating around PowerPoint we now move to creating a new presentation or opening an existing presentation. We also look at the various different views that PowerPoint contains, and how to switch between them.

The key topics trained include:

  • Opening Multiple Presentations
  • Switching Between Open Presentations
  • Understanding Presentation Views
  • Changing Presentation Views
  • Navigating a Presentation

This session focuses on the right way to plan and template a new presentation that you are creating from scratch. We look at how to plan a new presentation and then how to design your presentation. We then move to how to set up the template for your presentation to ensure that its appearance is consistent. Having discussed templates we look at applying a template to a presentation. Having got our presentation set up with the right template we look at adding text and then how to save the presentation we have set up.

The key topics trained include:

  • Creating a Presentation in PowerPoint
  • Applying Theme Variants
  • Typing Text Into a Slide
  • Inserting New Slides
  • Typing Text Using the Outline Pane
  • Applying Slide Transitions
  • Previewing a Slide Show

Now that we have got our presentation set up correctly, and using a template for consistency, we look at how you can add text to your slides. We cover how to control your text with placeholders and how to format it for maximum effect using SmartArt and other PowerPoint formatting tools. Next we look at paragraph formatting and ensuring that the presentation of our text is correct.

The key topics trained are:

  • Editing Text
  • Understanding Font Formatting
  • Applying Font Formatting
  • Applying Paragraph Formatting
  • Changing Bullet and Numbering Styles
  • Moving and Resizing Placeholders
  • Applying WordArt to Text
  • Converting Text to SmartArt

Slide layouts are simple ways to structure a slide. They have various containers into which you can insert your text, graphics or other content. This session covers all aspects of working with PowerPoint slide layouts. We look at title slides, slides containing pictures and charts and also section dividers amongst other topics.

The key topics trained include:

  • Understanding Slide Layouts
  • Inserting a Title Slide
  • Inserting a Title and Content Slide
  • Inserting a Section Header Slide
  • Inserting a Table
  • Inserting a Picture With Caption Slide
  • Inserting a Chart
  • Changing the Slide Layout

The ability to insert impactful images to illustrate the points that you want to make is one of the key strengths of PowerPoint. This session covers all aspects of working with images so that you can use yours for maximum effect. We look at cropping images, resizing them, rotating and flipping them. Having got our image just right we then work on getting it in the right place in our presentation.

The key topics trained include:

  • Understanding Clip Art and Pictures
  • Inserting a Picture From File
  • Inserting an Online Picture
  • Resizing an Image
  • Positioning an Image
  • Modifying Graphics
  • Inserting a Screenshot
  • Inserting a Screen Clip/shot
  • Creating a Photo Album

SmartArt is an extremely powerful feature in PowerPoint. It contains a large number of standard diagrams which allow you to easily present lists, processes, hierarchies and relationships. Where one of these standard templates isn’t quite appropriate for your needs they are often a very good place to start. Inserting a SmartArt template and customising it is often far faster than creating a diagram from scratch. This session covers all aspects of inserting SmartArt into a PowerPoint presentation. It then looks at working with SmartArt to edit it so that it creates exactly the diagram that you are looking for.

The key topics trained include:

  • Understanding SmartArt
  • Inserting a SmartArt Graphic
  • Inserting Text Into SmartArt
  • Adding Shapes Below
  • Adding Shapes Above
  • Adding Shapes Before and After
  • Adding an Assistant
  • Promoting and Demoting Shapes
  • Switching SmartArt Right to Left
  • Resizing SmartArt
  • Changing the SmartArt Layout
  • Applying a Colour Scheme
  • Applying a SmartArt Style
  • Deleting SmartArt Shapes

Shapes allow you to emphasise certain aspects of your slide or to illustrate relationships between things. Inserting and working with the various shapes that PowerPoint contains gives you greater control over how to illustrate your slides. This session covers all aspects of inserting, positioning and presenting shapes in your presentation for maximum impact.

The key topics include:

  • Drawing Shapes
  • Resizing Shapes
  • Editing Shapes
  • Positioning Shapes
  • Arranging Shapes
  • Merging Shapes
  • Formatting Shapes
  • Using the Eyedropper (exact match colours)
  • Copying Shapes
  • Aligning Shapes Using the Ribbon
  • Aligning Objects Using Smart Guides
  • Inserting and Formatting Text
  • Connecting Shapes
  • Grouping Shapes
  • Rotating Shapes

The final session of this course covers how to output your completed presentation from PowerPoint. We look at printing your presentation as notes pages, in hand-out format and in outlines as well as printing the slides themselves.

The key topics trained include:

  • Understanding Printing
  • Previewing Slides
  • Printing Slides
  • Printing Handouts
  • Printing Notes Pages
  • Printing the Outline
  • Understanding How Help Works
  • Accessing the Help Window
  • Navigating the Help Window
  • Using the Office Website
  • Googling Help
  • Printing a Help Topic
  • Planning a Presentation
  • Make It Readable
  • The Four Pillars of Great Design
  • Perfect Presentation Layouts
  • Presenting Polished Presentations
  • Presentation Methods and Hardware

Is This The Right Course?

This course is designed for complete beginners who don’t have any prior experience with PowerPoint.

So long as you have experience of working in a Microsoft Windows environment you’ll be absolutely fine.

Not sure if this is the right level course for you?

Our PowerPoint course level adviser takes less than 60 seconds to complete.

Alternatively, give us a call, we’d be delighted to help.

On The Day

Our courses run from 9.30 am to roughly 4.30 pm with refreshments throughout the day.

Also, you’ll receive:

A full-colour A4 manual covering everything in the course to keep.
A USB stick for the course exercises so that you can take them with you.
A Certificate of Attendance.

Online Training Requirements

To attend this PowerPoint course online, you will need:

PowerPoint on your Windows PC/laptop with a camera, speakers & microphone
A stable internet connection capable of running Zoom
To be a confident computer user and able to use Zoom to attend the course

If you have access to a second screen, we would encourage you to use it as it improves the experience.