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Ch 1: Introduction to the PowerPoint Tool Bar

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This set of instructional PowerPoint videos will show you the many features available on the toolbar and explain how to use them and what purpose they serve. Follow our step-by-step guides to learn how to move around in PowerPoint and find out how to create presentations.

Introduction to the PowerPoint Toolbar - Chapter Summary

This chapter offers an introduction to the many features of the PowerPoint toolbar, including the various dropdown menus and tool options. Whether you're new to PowerPoint or have some knowledge of how it works, this chapter can give you an in-depth look at frequently used functions in each menu. It provides detailed directions for how to correctly use the features in PowerPoint and what purpose each function serves. You'll also get easy-to-follow instructions on how to create a slideshow and use the various formatting and drawing tools.

Video lessons on the PowerPoint toolbar are available in bite-sized chunks and are taught by professional PowerPoint experts. Before moving on to new lessons, you can test your knowledge of the concepts covered in the videos by taking interactive online quizzes that follow each lesson.

After you watch the videos in this chapter, you'll understand the following:

  • Purpose of PowerPoint and similarities to other Microsoft products
  • Functions available in the File and Home menus
  • Uses for the Insert and Design menu functions
  • How to use the Transitions menu functions
  • Important functions found in the Animations menu and their purpose
  • How to use the Slide Show menu functions to create a final product
  • How to effectively use the Review and View menus
  • Purpose of the Drawing tool
  • Uses for the formatting tools

Note: All demonstrations in this chapter will be using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Certain features, tools, or displays may be different in other versions.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to the PowerPoint Tool Bar
Beginner's Guide to Using PowerPoint

1. Beginner's Guide to Using PowerPoint

PowerPoint is software that makes it easy to create fun and engaging visual aids for training meetings, business presentations or even public speaking events. In this video, we will learn some of the benefits to using PowerPoint and take a quick look at the general layout of the tool, menus and commands.

Using the File and Home Menus in PowerPoint

2. Using the File and Home Menus in PowerPoint

The ribbon groups common commands together under each menu. In this lesson, we will review the group of commands under File and Home. These two tabs, atop the ribbon, have the most frequently used commands. The Home menu is often considered 'home base' in PowerPoint.

Using the Insert and Design Menus in PowerPoint

3. Using the Insert and Design Menus in PowerPoint

The Ribbon groups common commands together under each menu. In this lesson, we will review the group of commands under Insert and Design, where you will find powerful options to create fun and captivating slides for your presentation.

Using the Transitions and Animations Menus in PowerPoint

4. Using the Transitions and Animations Menus in PowerPoint

In this lesson, we will review the group of commands under Transitions and Animations. Under these two menus, you will find fun options that will allow you to add visual effects and movement to slides, text and graphics.

Using Functions in the Slide Show Menu to Create a Powerpoint Presentation

5. Using Functions in the Slide Show Menu to Create a Powerpoint Presentation

This lesson reviews the Slide Show menu atop the ribbon in PowerPoint. This menu is where you will find everything you need when you are ready to show your presentation in front of an audience.

Understanding the Purposes of the Review and View Menus in PowerPoint

6. Understanding the Purposes of the Review and View Menus in PowerPoint

This lesson covers the Review and View menus atop the ribbon in PowerPoint. These menus are where you will find everything you need to proofread your slides before your presentation.

Using the Drawing Tools and Format Features in PowerPoint

7. Using the Drawing Tools and Format Features in PowerPoint

This lesson will introduce the different formatting and drawing tools in PowerPoint. Using the drawing tools, you can add lines, arrows, boxes and circles to help make your presentation unique and artistic.

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