In this beginner PowerPoint course, you'll create and run dynamic presentations; add images, shapes, animations, and layered objects; create tables and charts; prepare the slideshow for a presentation.
This class includes our revolutionary PowerPoint video suite with several hours of premium content. Review the course materials with high-quality video with lifetime access on desktop, tablet or mobile, a $95 value, included free with the course.
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Corporate training available
What You'll Learn
- Create presentations using the Outline View
- Add images, SmartArt, and shapes
- Work with layered objects
- Insert tables, charts, and animations
- Run a presentation in Presenter View
“Exceeded my expectations in all aspects: course was well thought out, materials were presented clearly and engagingly, and Scott made sure at every step that he‘d brought everyone along with him. He was truly excellent, a superb teacher. Needless to say, I‘d gladly take another class with him.”
— Jonathan M.
Full Course SyllabusDownload PDF Outline
- User Interface
- File Management
- Adding Text Using Outline View
- Adding Slides
- Getting Images
- Placing Images
- Adjusting/Styling Images
- Building Diagrams
- Styling Diagrams
- Converting Bullet Lists to SmartArt
- Creating Shapes
- Styling Shapes
- Adding Text to Shapes
- Adjusting Shapes
- Text Boxes
- Creating Tables
- Designing Tables
- Creating Charts
- Designing Charts
- Saving Chart Templates
Proofing and Editing
- Spell Check
- Using Slide Sorter View
- Slide Transitions
- Slide Animations
Running a Presentation
- Starting and Stopping a Presentation
- Presenting to an Audience
- Using Speaker Notes
- Using Presenter View
Detailed Course Overview
PowerPoint for Business is a great place to start for those interested both in learning how to use PowerPoint, as well as those that want to learn how to use it better. The course is as much about functionality, as it is about efficiency, so even those users who say they already know “the basics” can walk away with a toolkit of skills to significantly increase their effectiveness with the software.
Naturally, the course begins with basic features and such, but then quickly moves into alternative methods for developing a presentation: using the outline view. The outline view involves building a text-based outline in PowerPoint while allowing the software to populate the text within appropriate placeholders on each slide simultaneously.
Next, we cover different types of objects: images, SmartArt diagrams, and drawing shapes. Each lesson involves both creating your own example, as well as editing pre-existing ones. Tables and charts are also explained, with the focus being on how to create a table or chart from scratch (as opposed to importing one from another program).
Time is then devoted to proofing, editing, and printing (not just how to print, but what to print based on the situation). Printing can greatly enhance a presentation, as the presenter can choose from a variety of printouts: full page slides, notes pages, outlines, or audience handouts.
Transitions and animations each receive their own lesson, as well. Transitions define how each slide progresses (or transitions) to the next one, regarding effects. Does the current slide fade out slowly, as the next one fades in? Is it pushed from left-to-right? Or maybe wiped from top-down? Animations dictate how the contents of a slide react. Does each bullet point appear in rapid succession? Or does one exit, before the next one enters? Transitions and animations, when used appropriately, can have a strong impact on those viewing your presentation.
Finally, we spend some time discussing how to run a PowerPoint presentation, by covering such topics as navigating, annotating, and the advantage of using Presenter View.
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