Take your PowerPoint presentations from ordinary to extraordinary! In these lessons, you'll learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (now available through Office 365) to create professional-quality slide presentations that grab and hold your audience's attention from start to finish.
You'll see how to plan a presentation for your audience, format it with themes and color, and use the slide master and layout master to make global changes. You'll embellish your slides with text and objects, including pictures, shapes, WordArt, and SmartArt, and learn to add multimedia effects to create animated presentations and more. If you want to become a PowerPoint pro, this is the course for you!
Kathy Van Pelt has taught computer courses at a community college for the past 25 years. She specializes in Microsoft Office applications, Google Drive and Google Applications, the Windows and Mac operating systems, and keyboarding. She spent seven years teaching word processing and business classes at a private business college and loves being in the ever-evolving educational field.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
The PowerPoint 2016 Interface
Come explore the basic features of Microsoft PowerPoint 2016! You'll learn about the Ribbon, which replaces the menu and toolbars so common in other programs written for the Windows operating system. You'll find out how to plan a presentation and start the PowerPoint program. And you'll practice working with different views, task panes, tabs, and templates.
Now that you know the basics of PowerPoint, it's time to create a presentation from scratch. You'll start by choosing a theme for the presentation and create slides with a variety of slide layouts. You'll find out about the Live Preview feature and learn how to save a file so that you can find it later. You'll also create and edit slides in the slide pane and in Outline view. Finally, the lesson will go over the ways to put on a slide show.
Creating and Editing Tables and Opening and Saving Files
Including tables in your presentation lets you present a lot of information in a little space. So in this lesson, you'll add, revise, and format tables. You'll also learn multiple ways to open a presentation. Then, the lesson will teach you how to preserve different versions of your work by saving with different filenames.
Creating and Printing Error-Free Presentations
This lesson will cover two topics: printing and proofreading. You'll learn to print your presentation as slides, handouts, an outline, and notes pages. This versatility will really help you connect with audience members! To make sure your printed presentation is as close to perfect as it can be, you'll explore the Spelling, AutoCorrect, and Thesaurus features, along with the new Smart Lookup feature.
Working With Saved and Online Images
You're going to switch gears in this lesson and work with images instead of text, which you'll probably enjoy. You'll see how to embellish your slides with media clips, which could include illustrations, clip art, and photographs. You'll even learn how to download an image from a website and insert the image on a slide.
WordArt, Shapes, and SmartArt
You're going to work with WordArt, Shapes, and SmartArt Graphics in this lesson, which is very exciting. It's fun to transform text into colorful WordArt objects and to draw and fill shapes with color and special effects. You'll learn to group and edit the objects you create. And you'll add visual sophistication to your text with SmartArt Graphics.
Creating and Editing a Chart
In this lesson, you'll create and edit a chart slide to illustrate statistical data. You'll find this lesson easy if you like working with numbers! If you don't enjoy math, that's okay—the lesson will walk you through everything you need to know and do to create a chart slide. It will also show you how to change the look of your chart by using the options on the Chart Tools contextual tab and the chart formatting buttons.
Making Global Changes to a Presentation
Making the same changes to dozens of PowerPoint slides is boring and time-consuming. In this lesson, you'll look at global changes you can make to your slides, handouts, and notes. For example, if you want to increase or decrease the font size on all the slides in a presentation, just make the change on the slide master. You'll also make global changes when you modify your presentation's theme colors or background.
In this lesson, you'll work with hyperlinks and action buttons. You'll enliven your presentation as you learn to create links from text or objects to other slides, presentations, documents, and web pages. You can even add sounds and 3D effects!
Applying Animation to Slides, Text, and Objects
Have you seen a presentation where text, images, or entire slides fly in from the top or push up from the bottom? That's animation. In this lesson, you'll learn about slide transitions, the options on the Transition tab, and you'll apply animation to text and objects on slides and the slide or layout master with the options on the Animations tab. You'll also find out how to add sound effects, such as chimes and whooshes, to slide transitions. And perhaps most important, you'll learn how to avoid overdoing these effects!
Applying Advanced Animation Effects to Text and Objects
You already know how to apply animation to your slides as they transition. Now it's time to apply advanced animation effects to text and objects on slides and slide and layout masters. With the animation commands and the Animation Pane, you'll add and reorder animated text and objects on slides. You'll also add an audio clip to your presentation.
Sharing and Saving Your Presentations, Including OneDrive and Office Online
Now that you know so much about creating PowerPoint presentations, you'll focus on different ways to save and share them. You'll see how easy it is to export your presentation as a PDF file, so it'll be accessible on computers that don't have PowerPoint 2016. You'll learn to open, edit, and share your presentation online with a Windows OneDrive account and PowerPoint Online and how to turn your presentation into a video.