Microsoft PowerPoint Course

Design & deliver professional
presentations the easy way

(One course covers everything from beginners to advanced)

Microsoft PowerPoint Courses

Course Description

PowerPoint is arguably the most powerful presentation software on the market, particularly on Windows PCs.

Whatever your current level of ability, this course will teach you how to put together a presentation correctly, easily, quickly and with confidence.

You'll master the basics of good slide design using the graphics tools, charts, Smart Art, video, audio and masters to design slick, cohesive, consistent slide shows that are easy to maintain

You'll also discover how to add some pizzazz using transitions and animations and how to set up the show correctly and use some of the live tools to control your presentation like a pro.

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You are welcome to swap topics in and out from the different courses available to create your own custom course.

We can accommodate all requests. Customisation is 100% free. 

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Corporate group training: 1 day.
Private 1-on-1 training: 3-4 hours.


You must have some basic computer knowledge and be able to use a mouse. Some knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel charts will be helpful but is not essential.

Whether you have never opened PowerPoint before, dabbled a little or used a lot, this course offers something for you and the training will be adapted to your level. 

Versions Taught

Our computers are always installed with the latest version of Office. The current version is PowerPoint 365 (desktop).

If you have an earlier or PowerPoint such as PowerPoint 2016 or PowerPoint 2013 we will explain any key differences during the training.

Still using PowerPoint 2010 or earlier? It's time to say goodbye to an old friend and upgrade! Microsoft don't support this version any more.

what you get

Here's what you'll learn in this course

Overview & Grand Tour

  • Tabs, Ribbons and Groups
  • Working with the Slide pane, Design Area and the Speaker Notes area
  • Understanding the PPTX file format (XML format)
  • New Features of Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Getting acquainted with the layout of the Powerpoint screen
  • The task pane
  • The slide window
  • The Notes pane
  • The Thumbnail panel
  • Resizing the panels
  • Changing the magnification level
  • Slide Sorter view

PowerPoint Basics

  • Creating, saving, opening, closing and updating a presentation
  • Running a presentation
  • Navigating through a presentation

Slide Design

  • Adding a title slide
  • Exploring different slide layouts - bulleted lists, tables, graphics, charts and movie clips
  • Choosing a slide design
  • Creating a slide background

Text & Bullets

  • Methods for inserting text
  • Changing text attributes
  • Adding and customising bullets and numbering


  • Inserting an online picture or one from file
  • Modifying a picture
  • Creating and manipulating WordArt
  • Creating and manipulating SmartArt
  • Exploring the Drawing toolbar


  • Charts and presentations
  • Creating a chart
  • Working with different chart types
  • Setting the chart title, chart axes, gridlines, legend, data labels, data tables.
  • Changing the chart colours
  • Adding or changing source data
  • Plotting hidden data
  • Switching rows and columns
  • Changing the text angle
  • Applying a gradient, texture or picture effect
  • Manipulating 3D charts
  • Exploding a pie chart
  • Using a chart you have already created in Excel

audio & video

  • Adding audio and video
  • Editing audio and video
  • Adding a soundtrack to a presentation
  • Changing how the track is initiated and when it finishes
  • Playing a movie during a show


  • Different reasons for using tables
  • Different methods for creating a table
  • Selecting cells, rows and columns
  • Inserting and deleting columns and rows
  • Applying borders and shading
  • Merging and splitting cells
  • Quickly formatting a table

Masters (templates)

  • Creating a consistent presentation
  • Choosing a Theme
  • Using the Slide Master to create consistency
  • Specifying what appears on each slide
  • Defining the Slide Master Layout
  • Defining the style of slide items
  • Using the Slide Master Ribbon
  • Adding slide numbers
  • Customising and positioning header and footer content
  • Saving Your Slide Master as a Template and using your template to create a new presentation

Auditing Tools

  • Proofing your presentation with the Spell Check and Synonyms
  • Replacing one font with another
  • Using the AutoCorrect and AutoFormat tools

Linking to other places during a live presentation

  • Linking to other slides, other presentations, other files, web pages and emails
  • Hyperlinks – What are they?
  • Why to set up links in a presentation?
  • Creating a hyperlink
  • Hyperlink characteristics
  • Adding a screen-tip
  • Editing or removing a hyperlink
  • Using Action Buttons
  • Activating a hyperlink from a click or a mouse hover
  • Returning from a link in a live presentation

Transitions & Animations

  • Using preset animations for text and other content
  • Transitioning from one slide to the next
  • Changing or removing an item’s animation
  • Exploring other animation steps
  • Previewing the animated slide
  • Customising the custom animation
  • Changing the animation sequence
  • Using a motion path animation
  • Using multiple animation steps
  • Further Tailoring a custom animation
  • Controlling animation speed
  • Animating by sentence, word or letter
  • Animating with sound effects
  • Animating chart components

Preparing for the Perfect Presentation

  • Using the Slide Sorter to copy, rearrange, delete or hide slides
  • Using the Outline View to rearrange presentation content
  • Rehearsing your timing
  • Creating, running and editing a custom show
  • Creating, running and editing a custom show
  • Setting up a slide show
  • Preparing speaker notes and handouts
  • Printing Handouts Of Your Presentation
  • Printing a presentation outline
  • Printing the speaker notes
  • Printing handouts and notes for distribution

Running the Show

  • Navigation keys for operating the show
  • Adding annotation during a show
  • Activating the slide show

Tips for Becoming a Better Presenter