Microsoft PowerPoint: Basic Presentations

It's hard to imagine a day going by without people passing along large amounts of information. Messages are everywhere, and the number of messages we receive seems to be increasing each day. Whether via phone, email, mass media, or personal interaction, we are subjected to a constant stream of information. With so much communication to contend with, it can be difficult to grab people's attention. But, we are often called upon to do just that. So, how do you grab and maintain an audience's focus when you're asked to present important information? By being clear, organized, and engaging. And, that is exactly what Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2016 can help you do. Gone are the days of flip charts or drawing on a white board to illustrate your point. Today's audiences are tech savvy, accustomed to high-impact multimedia content, and stretched for time. By learning how to use the vast array of features and functionality contained within PowerPoint 2016, you will gain the ability to organize your content, enhance it with high-impact visuals, and deliver it with a punch. In this course, you will use PowerPoint 2016 to begin creating engaging, dynamic multimedia presentations.

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Upon completing this course, you will be able to create and deliver engaging multimedia presentations that convey the key points of your message through the use of text, graphics, and animations.

You will:

  • Identify the basic features and functions of PowerPoint 2016.
  • Develop a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Perform advanced text editing operations.
  • Add graphical elements to your presentation.
  • Modify objects in your presentation.
  • Add tables to your presentation.
  • Add charts to your presentation.
  • Prepare to deliver your presentation.


This course is designed for students who wish to gain a foundational understanding of Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 that is necessary to create and develop engaging multimedia presentations.



To ensure success, students should be familiar with using personal computers, and should have experience using a keyboard and mouse. Students should be comfortable in the Windows® 10 environment and be able to use Windows 10 to manage information on their computers. Specific tasks the students should be able to perform include: launching and closing applications, navigating basic file structures, and managing files and folders.


Lesson 1: Getting Started with PowerPoint

Topic A: Navigate the PowerPoint Environment

- What Is PowerPoint?

- Office Online Apps

- Slides

- The Start Screen

- The PowerPoint 2016 User Interface

- The Ribbon

- The Ribbon Tabs

- Dialog Box Launchers

- The Quick Access Toolbar

- The Thumbnails Pane

- The Status Bar

- Contextual Tabs

- The Backstage View

- The Open Screen

- How to Access the PowerPoint 2016 Environment

- Navigating the PowerPoint 2016 User Interface

Topic B: View and Navigate a Presentation

- Presentation Views

- Color View Options

- Slide Shows

- Slide Show Options

- The Protected View

- How to View and Navigate a Presentation

- Viewing and Navigating a Presentation

Topic C: Create and Save a PowerPoint Presentation

- The Default PowerPoint Presentation

- Text Placeholders

- Notes

- The Save Command

- The Save As Screen

- How to Create and Save a PowerPoint Presentation

- Creating and Saving a PowerPoint Presentation

- Microsoft OneDrive

- Signing in to Office 365 and OneDrive (Optional Instructor Demo)

- PowerPoint Online

- Navigating in PowerPoint Online (Optional Instructor Demo)

Topic D: Use PowerPoint Help

- PowerPoint 2016 Help

- The PowerPoint Help Interface

- The Tell Me Feature

- The Insights Feature

- How to Use PowerPoint Help

- Using PowerPoint Help

Lesson 2: Developing a PowerPoint Presentation

Topic A: Select a Presentation Type

- Templates

- Methods to Create Presentations

- How to Select a Presentation Type

- Creating a Presentation from a Template

Topic B: Edit Text

- Text Boxes

- How to Add and Remove Text Boxes

- Text Selection Methods

- The Mini Toolbar

- The Cut, Copy, and Paste Options

- The Clipboard

- The Clipboard Paste Options

- The Paste Special Command

- Galleries

- The Live Preview Feature

- How to Edit Text

- Editing Text

Topic C: Build a Presentation

- Slide Layouts

- Types of Slide Layouts

- The Slide Size and Orientation Settings

- How to Add, Delete, and Modify Slides

- Adding, Deleting, and Modifying Slides

- Slide Arrangement

- How to Arrange Slides

- Arranging Slides

- Themes

- Theme Variants

- Theme Components

- Background Styles

- The Format Background Pane

- How to Work with Themes

- Working with Themes

Lesson 3: Performing Advanced Text Editing Operations

Topic A: Format Characters

- Character Formats

- The Font Dialog Box

- WordArt Styles

- The Format Painter Tool

- The Replace Font Option

- How to Format Characters

- Formatting Characters

Topic B: Format Paragraphs

- Bulleted Lists

- Numbered Lists

- How to Use Bulleted and Numbered Lists

- Using Bulleted and Numbered Lists

- Text Alignment Options

- Vertical Text Alignment Options

- The Format Shape Pane

- The Autofit Feature

- Paragraph Spacing Options

- Text Direction Options

- Rulers

- How to Format Paragraphs

- Formatting Paragraphs

Topic C: Format Text Boxes

- Text Placeholder Formatting Options

- Shape Fills

- The Eyedropper Tool

- Shape Outlines

- Shape Effects

- How to Format Text Boxes

- Formatting Text Boxes

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