With PowerPoint on your PC, Mac, or mobile device:
- Create presentations from scratch or a template.
- Add text, images, art, and videos.
- Select a professional design with a PowerPoint Designer.
- Add transitions, animations, and motion.
- Save to OneDrive, to get to your presentations from your computer, tablet, or phone.
- Share and work with others, wherever they are.
Create a presentation
Add a slide
Add and format text
Add a picture, shape, and more
What is PowerPoint?
As part of the Microsoft Office software suite, PowerPoint is the world’s most popular presentation program. Contributing to its widespread use is its availability on PC, Mac, and the web. PowerPoint consists of three major functions: a word processing editor for inserting and formatting text, a method for inserting and manipulating charts and images, and a slide show system for displaying the content. Users can design their own slides or choose from thousands of presentation templates and themes online. Because PowerPoint integrates with the entire Microsoft Office software suite — and some Office alternatives — you can insert parts of documents, graphics, and spreadsheets from other programs within your presentations. The slideshow software also takes into account that these slides typically serve as visual aids during speaker presentations, so you can store and view speaker notes while in presentation mode.
What careers is PowerPoint useful for?
A wide range of professions across multiple industries depend on PowerPoint, as it’s one of the most effective ways to communicate data, messages, and ideas, deliver reports and project updates, persuade or engage an audience, and impart instructions. Business professionals might use the program to show off performance metrics to clients, while researchers may find it useful to present new findings to their colleagues. Educators often use it as a visual aid while teaching their lessons, and sometimes require their students to do the same when working on projects that require an oral presentation. Other careers that commonly rely on PowerPoint are administrative and executive assistants, graphic designers, customer service reps, salespeople, project managers, writers, consultants, public and motivational speakers, corporate trainers, marketers, human resources managers, financial analysts, and investment bankers.
Is PowerPoint hard to learn?
PowerPoint is very easy to learn, especially if you’re already familiar with Microsoft Word (the two programs share quite a few editing and formatting tools). One of the best ways to get more familiar with the program is through online courses. These will allow you to follow along at your own pace at a level of expertise that you’re most comfortable with. Many find TUA’s PowerPoint courses helpful, as they show you how to build and design slideshows step-by-step.
What you’ll learn
- Complete startup and design of a presentation in the first section so you can use it immediately
- Design Themes
- AutoSaving Features for Safeguarding
- Image styling and artistic effects
- Template Customization and Creation
- Font and Paragraph formatting
- How to get FREE templates
- How to upload videos
- Do’s and Don’t of Presenting
- Quick Access Toolbar and Productivity Training via Keyboard Shortcuts
- Transitions and Animations – Delay and Click Activated
- Table Construction and Formatting
- Chart Design using PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel Chart Import
- Master Views and Whole Template Quick Editing
- Header and Footer Customization
- Printing Layout Options
- Document Emailing and Sharing
Paper and pen to take notes
Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
Microsoft Excel 2016 to generate table data for some sections
Access to a computer and the Internet
No prior knowledge required
WHAT’S YOUR STORY?
Are you a business professional needing to up-skill?
Are you struggling to get a pay-rise and/or promotion?
Are you a recent graduate with an empty-looking resume and no job experience?
Have you recently been laid off, fired, or had a contract end?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above then having “Expert Microsoft Office Skills” will get you closer to your goal of either landing your first job, a new job, or progressing further in your current role. Here’s why.
The job market has never been more volatile. Statistically, people are changing jobs more often now than they ever have before and that also means people are also losing jobs to newcomers who are far more skilled. So if you’re not up-skilling, you’re falling behind. It’s scary I know. I’ve experienced this myself.
A study released by Microsoft and the IDC showed that among 14.6 million job postings, proficiency in Microsoft Office was ranked 2nd as the most desired skill by employers leading up to 2020. Microsoft Office proficiency ranked higher than Project Management skills, Sales Experience, Time Management, Analytical Skills, Interpersonal Skills, and Work Ethics.
This is because we live in the digital age, meaning employers are looking for proficient data handlers who process data faster, are more data-organized, and can communicate effectively via digital channels. These are skills everyone should have no matter the discipline because they are transferable skills. It makes you more adaptable and more valuable in the long term. This brings us back to Microsoft Office. It is the oldest, most well-known, most affordable, and most trusted data management tool available and hence everyone uses it. So to be noticed and taken seriously in your job or job application, proficiency in these programs is compulsory.
ONLINE TRAINING AND THE MOST COMMON PROBLEMS
One of the most common problems with online learning content is that there is so much of it now and it’s difficult to know where to start or who to turn to. Many go the YouTube route and piece together videos from hundreds of tutorials from hundreds of tutors hoping to become an expert at the end of it all. This simply won’t happen and will just waste your time.
Many take the route you’re about to take, they decide to enroll in an online training course. Many charge hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars for their courses which is simply unaffordable for university students, recent graduates, the unemployed, or those looking for a career change. That is the reason why I have decided to keep this course as low as possible.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN IN THIS COURSE
I built this course so that you can immediately use PowerPoint once you finish the first section. It contains all the basic elements you need to build and present your presentation. Following that section, each section will get progressively harder until you become an expert. I will show you:
All basic elements of PowerPoint slide design
Image Control and Manipulation, Artistic Effects, Shapes, and SmartArt
How to help yourself when you encounter a specific problem
Standard Printing, PDF Printing Options, Email, and Sharing
Quick Access Toolbar Setup, Productivity Techniques, and Keyboard Shortcuts
Slides Transitions, Object Animations, and Complete Effect Customization
Post Review Functions including Spell Checking, Thesaurus, Researching, Window Duplication, and Password Protection Protocols
Video Uploading from your Computer and YouTube, Video Trimming, Audio Recordings, and Screen Casting
Presentations Do’s and Don’ts which teaches you Slide Design and Structure, Sequencing, Logistics, and Communication Tips
Table Design, Object Linking, and Excel Connections
Complete Chart Design including Elements, Styling, and Control
Header and Footer Design for Document Tracking
Master Views for Template Control
And much more…