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Microsoft PowerPoint



Lessons

Use a professionally designed template to save time creating a presentation.

Add slides, which are the building blocks of a presentation, and understand how layouts can provide you with quick ways to insert content aligned on your slide.

The different PowerPoint views allow you to work on different parts of your presentation such as slides, slide thumbnails, text and running your presentation as a slideshow.

A very clever location to add extra text to a slide that your audience may not see, but you can use as an aid when presenting or as printed handouts.

Find and add menu items and buttons that you frequently use to your ribbon or quick access toolbar to give you faster access to the PowerPoint features you probably use the most.

Quickly change the colors, fonts, effects or design of your entire presentation in almost a single mouse click.

Use placeholders to quickly add content to your slides including text, diagrams, and charts – so that you can later change the location and proportions of these objects, often with a single mouse click.

Format text in your presentation so that it is legible and perhaps even pleasant to look at!

Add and work with shapes, which are one of the most important building blocks on a slide, including rectangles, ovals, and triangles.

Reuse existing, formatted shapes to save time inserting shape content on your slides.

Align and distribute shapes (and other content) so that they are correctly positioned to quickly balance the content on your slides and prevent the same objects on different slides jumping to different locations during a slideshow.

Group various shapes together into a single slide object to help you position the group of shapes in a specific location, while still gaining access to the size and formatting options available within PowerPoint for those individual shapes.

Since a picture is really worth 1000 words, add pictures, change their appearance and do so much more with these fundamental slide objects.

Make the selected part of a picture transparent to either cleverly crop parts of the picture, or make parts of the picture transparent to overlay in front of other pictures without obscuring them.

Quickly add multiple pictures to a presentation even in the format of two or four pictures per slide.

Insert, add text to, and format SmartArt graphics to quickly add diagrams to your presentation which will assist you to tell your story.

Select the right chart for your data, add it to a slide, know the basics of editing charts and quickly format charts.

Understand and work with the tricky parts of charts such as axes and legends.

Add tabular data to your presentation in the form of a table and change the table’s appearance.

Insert sound on your slides so that your presentation can play music, narration or other sound effects.

Insert video into your presentation and use various formatting options such as soft edges, or 3-D bevels to make your video really stand out.

Have the confidence to know exactly what to animate without driving your audience crazy.

Just like an actor, make objects enter the stage, exit, move around the stage and maybe even gain the attention of your audience in the correct way.

Make your animated objects speed up or slow down, or play with or without your intervention, depending on which you desire.

Make an object move along a defined or custom path to enhance the engagement of your audience or explain in animated form very complex topics.

Add smooth or exciting transitions between slides to increase the smoothness and continuity of your slideshow into an almost movie-like format.

Reuse existing slides in your current presentation to save development time, as well is changing the order in which your slides play within a slideshow.

Reuse existing slides from another presentation, and retain the theme of that presentation if you wish.

Group your slides into common concepts or thoughts to help build your storyline, as well is quickly move all of the slides within that group to a new area of your presentation.

When you work extensively on a chart, picture or slide and it doesn’t turn out exactly how you wish, quickly reset it back to what it was originally.

Quickly print your slides professionally to give to your audience, or create PDFs to distribute either before or after the slideshow.

“Practice makes perfect” – so rehearse your slides and practice the delivery of your presentation.

Before you present your slideshow, set your show up to present in a variety of ways with the confidence that little will go wrong.

Use a special PowerPoint view so that even though your audience can only see the slide show, you can view slide timings, slide notes and even a preview of the next, upcoming slide.

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