Course Overview

The PowerPoint Essentials course is aimed at those who want to be able to produce an effective, but simple PowerPoint presentation.

Detailed Course Content

Create a PowerPoint Presentation

  • Create a presentation from the Start Menu
  • Create a presentation from Start Screen
  • Create new presentation from PowerPoint

Save a PowerPoint Presentation

  • Save previously unsaved presentation
  • Save previously saved presentation
  • Save a presentation as a PDF document
  • Create a copy of your presentation
  • Pin a presentation to recent file list

Close & Open Presentations

  • Close a presentation
  • Close multiple presentations
  • Open presentation from PowerPoint
  • Open presentation from File Explorer
  • Open a recent presentation

Change PowerPoint Views

  • Use the Zoom Slider
  • Notes View
  • Normal View
  • Outline View
  • Slide Sorter View

Customise Quick Access Toolbar

  • Move the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Add common buttons to the QAT
  • Add other buttons to the QAT

Enter Text into a Slide

  • Add text in placeholders
  • Add text using the Outline View

Adding Slides

  • Insert a new slide
  • Copy a slide
  • Change slide layout

Copy Text to another Location

  • Copy text within the slide
  • View the Clipboard
  • Select text to copy
  • Select text to paste
  • Copy text to other slides
  • Copy text to other applications
  • Clear the Clipboard
  • Save the Clipboard

Select Text

  • Select a word
  • Select a paragraph
  • Select all text in placeholder
  • Select slide
  • Select multiple slides
  • Select all slides

Insert and Delete Text

  • Insert text
  • Change text
  • Use Delete
  • Use Backspace

Use Find and Replace

  • Find text in current presentation
  • Replace text in current presentation

Apply Font Formatting

  • Font and Size
  • Bold, Italic and Underline
  • Font colour
  • Strikethrough
  • Subscript and Superscript
  • Character Spacing

Apply Paragraph Formatting

  • Indent text
  • Align text horizontally
  • Align text vertically
  • Change text direction
  • Paragraph spacing
  • Line spacing

Bullet Points and Numbers

  • Apply a bullet point
  • Change bullet point style
  • Add sub bullet points
  • Apply numbering
  • Change numbering style

Proof your Document

  • Set dictionary language
  • Perform a spelling check
  • Use the thesaurus

PowerPoint Designs

  • Select a theme
  • Select a theme variant
  • Select colour variant
  • Select font variant
  • Select effect variant
  • Change slide size
  • Apply a slide background

Add Pictures & Shapes to a Slide

  • Insert a picture or shape
  • Resize a picture or shape
  • Move a picture or shape
  • Rotate a picture or shape
  • Select a picture or shape style

Add Online Pictures

  • Search for online pictures
  • Insert online pictures

Add a Table to a Slide

  • Insert a table
  • Add text to a table
  • Insert rows and columns
  • Delete rows and columns
  • Merge cells

Format Tables

  • Select a table style
  • Change border colour and style
  • Remove borders
  • Shade cells

Animate your Presentation

  • Animation types
  • Apply animation to a placeholder
  • Apply animation to specific text
  • Apply animation to a picture
  • Change animation speed
  • Change animation delay
  • Review your animations

Slide Transition

  • View slide transitions
  • elect a slide transition
  • Apply transition to all slides

Slide Show Navigation

  • View your presentation
  • Move to next slide
  • Go to another slide
  • Exit presentation view


  • Print a single slide
  • Print one slide on each page
  • Print multiple slides on each page
  • Print handouts

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  • Basic computer experience, including keyboard and mouse skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Windows

If you are not familiar with using a computer or Microsoft Windows, the course Introduction to computers, will give you the skills to take this PowerPoint course.