Introduction

Master the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint on this 1-day Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint training course.

This is a hands-on course. 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 have a thorough grounding in PowerPoint.

✔ A complete beginner’s PowerPoint course that covers all of the basics.
✔ Plenty of one to one attention and time to ask questions.
✔ Friendly expert trainers, small groups and a comfortable place to learn.
✔ All the materials and extras that you’ll ever need.
✔ Ongoing support and help with issues you have after the course.

What Will I Learn?

This course will get you working independently in PowerPoint as quickly as possible.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Create, save and print 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.

Watch one of our trainers give a taster on what you’ll cover:

Am I Ready For This Course?

This course does not assume that you have any prior experience with PowerPoint.

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

The Training Day

Our courses run from 9.30am to roughly 4.15pm with refreshments throughout the day and a break for a tasty, freshly prepared lunch.

We offer a relaxed, supportive learning environment, fully air-conditioned training facilities and some of the nicest instructors on the planet.

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.

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 and 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 it’s 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 Presentations in PowerPoint
  • Creating a Presentation
  • 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 bulk 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 contain 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 others.

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 in 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 effects. We look at cropping images, resizing them, rotating and flipping them. Having got our image just right we then work in 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 aren’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 in to 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 your 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 great 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