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Ch 11: Using Microsoft PowerPoint

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If you need to improve your knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint for a class project, work presentation or exam, check out this convenient online chapter. The chapter's lessons and quizzes can help you quickly review and remember basic PowerPoint concepts.

Using Microsoft PowerPoint - Chapter Summary

Learn or review the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint with this collection of simple and fun video lessons. Our expert instructors show you everything you need to know about creating, customizing, modifying and navigating PowerPoint presentations. You'll see how various PowerPoint functions and tools work, and you can solidify your understanding of these concepts by taking the included lesson quizzes and chapter exam. We've made the chapter accessible on any computer or mobile device so you can review these PowerPoint topics whenever you have free time. Studying this chapter can help you:

  • Understand the basics of PowerPoint
  • Use the file, home, insert, design, transitions and animations menus
  • Apply format features and drawing tools
  • Create blank and templated PowerPoint presentations
  • Import text files into a presentation
  • Format a presentation with layouts and slide masters
  • Use theme and background to modify a PowerPoint presentation
  • Add/customize PowerPoint headers, footers and slide numbers
  • Change grayscale and page set up options
  • Navigate a presentation using views
  • Understand PowerPoint's slide orientation

15 Lessons in Chapter 11: Using Microsoft PowerPoint
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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 the Drawing Tools and Format Features in PowerPoint

5. 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.

How to Create a PowerPoint Presentation Using a Template

6. How to Create a PowerPoint Presentation Using a Template

Templates provide a quick way to create a new PowerPoint presentation. Learn about the use of design and content templates to create a consistent look and feel for your presentation.

How to Create a Blank PowerPoint Presentation

7. How to Create a Blank PowerPoint Presentation

When starting a new PowerPoint presentation, you can create a blank presentation from scratch. Learn how to apply basic design elements to a blank presentation.

How to Import Text Files into your PowerPoint Presentation

8. How to Import Text Files into your PowerPoint Presentation

You can create a new PowerPoint presentation by importing existing text from a file. Learn about the difference between importing unformatted text and importing an outline specifically created in Word.

Formatting Your PowerPoint Presentation Using Slide Masters and Layouts

9. Formatting Your PowerPoint Presentation Using Slide Masters and Layouts

The use of slide masters makes it easier for you to control the design of your presentation. Learn how to use slide masters to apply existing layouts and create custom layouts.

How to Modify Your PowerPoint Presentation's Theme and Background

10. How to Modify Your PowerPoint Presentation's Theme and Background

Themes in PowerPoint are a quick way to control the overall design of your presentation. Learn how to apply and customize a theme, including the use of different backgrounds.

How to Add and Customize Headers and Footers in Powerpoint

11. How to Add and Customize Headers and Footers in Powerpoint

In this lesson, we will discuss the purpose of headers and footers when creating PowerPoint slides. This feature in PowerPoint allows you to add more detailed information, such as a page number or date/time information, to your slides.

How to Add and Format Slide Numbers, Headers and Footers in PowerPoint

12. How to Add and Format Slide Numbers, Headers and Footers in PowerPoint

PowerPoint contains many options for adding details to your presentation. Learn about using header and footer elements such as page numbers, slide number, date and time, and footer text.

How to Change Page Setup and Grayscale Options

13. How to Change Page Setup and Grayscale Options

Presentations are typically sized to the computer monitor, but display sizes vary between computers. Learn how to customize the sizes of your slides and how to view a grayscale version of your presentation for printing.

How to Use Views to Navigate Your PowerPoint Presentation

14. How to Use Views to Navigate Your PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint has a number of different views to work with when working on your presentation. Learn about the different views and how they provide different ways to look at and work with your presentation in this video lesson.

Understanding Slide Orientation in PowerPoint

15. Understanding Slide Orientation in PowerPoint

In this lesson, we will review slide orientation and slide size in PowerPoint. By default, the slide orientation is landscape and the size is standard, but you can also change your slides to portrait and size them for widescreen.

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