Up and running with PowerPoint

Who is this course for?

If you are new to PowerPoint and would like to prepare or deliver presentation, or if you have had no formal PowerPoint training and would like to fill the gaps starting at the beginning this course is the one for you.

What are the benefits

At the end of this course you will be able to create a presentation from start to finish, recognise the different slide layouts, add bullets, graphics, tables and Smart Art and prepare notes and hand-outs for your audience.

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Course Duration

1 Day

Course Content

The Basics

  • Exploring Microsoft PowerPoint’s Interface
  • Creating, saving and closing presentations
  • Inserting and editing text using placeholders
  • Formatting text placeholders
  • Adding slides and understanding slide layouts
  • Applying and changing slide layouts to existing slides
  • Moving and deleting slides
  • Arranging slide order in the presentation
  • Working with themes
  • Formatting Text
  • Creating Bulleted Lists
  • Formatting Bullets
  • Adding Word Art to Emphasis Text

Pictures and Drawing Objects

  • Adding pictures from the picture place holder and ribbon
  • Resizing and cropping pictures
  • Formatting the picture with colour and built in effects
  • Arranging pictures and shapes on slides
  • Using the aligning and grouping functions
  • Using the clip art finder to search for suitable images
  • Downloading pictures from Microsoft’s website
  • Using the drawing tools to add shapes and lines Adding text to shapes and text boxes
  • Aligning and grouping objects
  • Layering and changing the order of objects
  • Moving, resizing, rotating objects


  • Creating speaker notes and hand-outs
  • Previewing and printing slides
  • Printing speaker notes and hand-outs


  • Adding and drawing tables
  • Inserting, deleting and merging cells
  • Formatting with the table tools ribbon
  • Using tools to emphasis elements of the table
  • Setting the default table format

Charts, Graphs and SmartArt

  • Working with the chart placeholder
  • Modifying the chart layout
  • Identifying which chart best displays data
  • Formatting the chart elements
  • Adding titles and legends
  • Creating a default chart style
  • Changing the chart type
  • Inserting SmartArt
  • Understanding the SmartArt text pane Using SmartArt tools format ribbon
  • Resizing and moving SmartArt
  • Adding text and shapes to SmartArt

Slide Management

  • Using the slide sorter view
  • Switching between open presentations
  • Microsoft’s PowerPoint views
  • Moving, copying and deleting slides

Running a Presentation

  • Running a slide show
  • Utilising the built in slide transitions
  • Navigating slides when presenting

What our users say


  • A very good course, trainer had good knowledge and delivered well
  • I like the fact that you have selected topics/functions on the basis of their interest/possible use - course is much more than pertinent and a better use of time
  • Very friendly and helpful trainer
  • Ray is the only IT Trainer who has ever inspired me with enough confidence to learn effectively
  • It was very good, I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot
  • I will definitely use the Pivot Tables at work in the future! Thank you for such a great training day!
  • Will ensure my team all attend (they all work remotely)
  • Exactly what I was hoping to learn, thanks

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