Microsoft PowerPoint Course

Make beautiful, impressive, effective slides with PowerPoint.

Whether for yourself or for your business, our online course will teach you the basics and beyond of how to put together outstanding PowerPoint presentations. Rather than try to teach you everything, we have ruthlessly stripped out all business non-essentials from our syllabus. The result is our highly innovative and impactful online PowerPoint course.

 

Our CPD UK certified online course covers what-you-need-to-know-in-business rather than what PowerPoint-can-do.

 

Highlights

  • Consists business focused units from our distilled syllabus
  • Contains 20 hours of learning materials but can be completed in as little as 12 hours of dedicated study
  • Provides 24/7 access to all learning materials from the date you register
  • Generates a Certificate of Attainment and a Test Certificate (useful for CPD fulfilment)
  • Taught through a blend of text-based articles, practice exercises, video tutorials and multiple choice quizzes and tests

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Syllabus

Section 1: Foundation

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Unit 1.1 - The PowerPoint interface

Understanding and working with the PowerPoint interface including: the Outline & Slides pane; the Ribbon; Quick Access toolbar; notes pane and the Status Bar. Customising the interface to work the way you want it to and increase productivity.

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Unit 1.2 - Getting started

Working with objects in PowerPoint. Copying and moving objects. Formatting including the format painter. Fonts and effects. Inserting new slides. Slide layout. Selecting multiple objects. Grouping objects.

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Unit 1.3 - Terminology and overview

The point and the power of PowerPoint. The different objects that you can include on a slide. Six slides that demonstrate the six content types: Table, Chart, Graphic, Picture, Clip art, Media clip (movie).

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Unit 1.4 - Templates and Slide Masters

How to use themes, masters and templates to make slide design quick and consistent. Layouts and footers.

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Unit 1.5 - Principles of slide design

Principles to guide good, clean design and formatting of slides. Making your slides clearer. Creating professional-looking slides with real impact.

Section 2: Basic slide editing

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Unit 2.1 - SmartArt

How to create all kinds of business and other diagrams quickly and efficiently using SmartArt. SmartArt editing tools. Organisation chart example . Diagrams with pictures. Animated diagrams.

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Unit 2.2 - Drawing shapes and lines

How to draw diagrams using shapes and lines. Inserting and formatting shapes and images. Working with lines and connectors.

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Unit 2.3 - Text boxes

How to include and format text in slides. Placeholders and how to use them. Text levels. Using Word Art to add visual appeal.

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Unit 2.4 - Aligning objects

Aligning elements of a slide so formatting looks professional. Tools and features to aid consistent alignment. Using the Grouping and Arrange features to format slides professionally and quickly.

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Unit 2.5 - Tips and shortcuts

Tips and tricks to save time and make your use of PowerPoint more efficient and effective. Printable shortcut card with dozens of keyboard shortcuts to speed up your work in PowerPoint.

Section 3: Administration and efficiency

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Unit 3.1 - Editing and working collaboratively

Collaborating with colleagues on a presentation. Adding comments and notes. Arranging windows (to edit multiple presentations). Page numbers, date and time stamps.

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Unit 3.2 - Printing and other output

Printing set-up and settings. Printing selected slides. Including notes with your printouts. Producing handouts for an audience. Publishing a presentation as a PDF file.

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Unit 3.3 - Customising PowerPoint

Changing permanent and default PowerPoint settings. AutoCorrect options. The most useful PowerPoint options for creating and running presentations.

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Unit 3.4 - Housekeeping

Good practices in managing PowerPoint files including naming conventions, file extensions, folder structure and backing up.

Section 4: Communicating Analysis

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Unit 4.1 - Tables

How to use PowerPoint tables to present lists and schedules of figures and data neatly and quickly. Freehand tables. Text alignment in tables.

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Unit 4.2 - Graphs & charts - How

How to incorporate Excel graphs and charts into a slide. Editing charts. Working with chart types and layouts. Animating charts element by element.

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Unit 4.3 - Graphs & charts - When and why

The guiding principles for using charts to display data effectively. Which chart types to use for which types of data. The concept of data ink and what it means for great charts.

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Unit 4.4 - Making a presentation flow

How to make a presentation flow from slide to slide. Separator slides. Orientation within a presentation using icons, maps and headings. Action buttons. Hyperlinks.

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Unit 4.5 - Slide-type toolkit

A toolkit of effective slide types, and when to deploy them. Timeline slides. Segmentation slides. Breakdown and drill down slides. Performance over time. Waterfall diagrams.

Section 5: Making an impact

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Unit 5.1 - Incorporating images

When and why to use images. How to insert and edit images. Cropping, resizing and manipulating images. Screenshots and videos. Removing picture backgrounds. Applying artistic effects.

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Unit 5.2 - Transitions and animation

Adding and controlling transition effects between slides. Detailed animation and transition options. Animating individual elements of text boxes, charts and diagrams. Using animation to make your presentation unforgettable instead of unbearable.

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Unit 5.3 - Presenting your slides

Presenter tools and features. Custom slide shows. Annotating your slide during a talk. Navigating a presentation. Self-running presentations. Things that can go wrong and how to avoid them.

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Unit 5.4 - What not to do

Pitfalls to beware of.

Section 1: Foundation

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Unit 1.1 - The PowerPoint Interface

Understanding and working with the PowerPoint interface including: the Outline & Slides pane; the Ribbon; Quick Access toolbar; notes pane and the Status Bar. Customising the interface to work the way you want it to and increase productivity.

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Unit 1.2 - Getting Started

Working with objects in PowerPoint. Copying and moving objects. Formatting including the format painter. Fonts and effects. Inserting new slides. Slide layout. Selecting multiple objects. Grouping objects.

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Unit 1.3 - Terminology and Overview

The point and the power of PowerPoint. The different objects that you can include on a slide. Six slides that demonstrate the six content types: Table, Chart, Graphic, Picture, Clip art, Media clip (movie).

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Unit 1.4 - Templates and Slide Masters

How to use themes, masters and templates to make slide design quick and consistent. Layouts and footers.

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Unit 1.5 - Principles of Slide Design

Principles to guide good, clean design and formatting of slides. Making your slides clearer. Creating professional-looking slides with real impact.

Section 2: Basic Slide Editing

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Unit 2.1 - SmartArt

How to create all kinds of business and other diagrams quickly and efficiently using SmartArt. SmartArt editing tools. Organisation chart example . Diagrams with pictures. Animated diagrams.

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Unit 2.2 - Drawing Shapes and Lines

How to draw diagrams using shapes and lines. Inserting and formatting shapes and images. Working with lines and connectors.

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Unit 2.3 - Text Boxes

How to include and format text in slides. Placeholders and how to use them. Text levels. Using Word Art to add visual appeal.

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Unit 2.4 - Aligning Objects

Aligning elements of a slide so formatting looks professional. Tools and features to aid consistent alignment. Using the Grouping and Arrange features to format slides professionally and quickly.

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Unit 2.5 - Tips and Shortcuts

Tips and tricks to save time and make your use of PowerPoint more efficient and effective. Printable shortcut card with dozens of keyboard shortcuts to speed up your work in PowerPoint. 

Section 3: Administration and efficiency

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Unit 3.1 - Editing and Working Collaboratively

Collaborating with colleagues on a presentation. Adding comments and notes. Arranging windows (to edit multiple presentations). Page numbers, date and time stamps.

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Unit 3.2 - Printing and Other Output

Printing set-up and settings. Printing selected slides. Including notes with your printouts. Producing handouts for an audience. Publishing a presentation as a PDF file.

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Unit 3.3 - Customising PowerPoint

Changing permanent and default PowerPoint settings. AutoCorrect options. The most useful PowerPoint options for creating and running presentations.

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Unit 3.4 - Housekeeping

Good practices in managing PowerPoint files including naming conventions, file extensions, folder structure and backing up.

Section 4: Communicating Analysis

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Unit 4.1 - Tables

How to use PowerPoint tables to present lists and schedules of figures and data neatly and quickly. Freehand tables. Text alignment in tables.

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Unit 4.2 - Graphs & Charts - How

How to incorporate Excel graphs and charts into a slide. Editing charts. Working with chart types and layouts. Animating charts element by element.

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Unit 4.3 - Graphs & Charts - When and Why

The guiding principles for using charts to display data effectively. Which chart types to use for which types of data. The concept of data ink and what it means for great charts.

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Unit 4.4 - Making a Presentation Flow

How to make a presentation flow from slide to slide. Separator slides. Orientation within a presentation using icons, maps and headings. Action buttons. Hyperlinks.

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Unit 4.5 - Slide-type Toolkit

A toolkit of effective slide types, and when to deploy them. Timeline slides. Segmentation slides. Breakdown and drill down slides. Performance over time. Waterfall diagrams.

Section 5: Making an impact

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Unit 5.1 - Incorporating Images

When and why to use images. How to insert and edit images. Cropping, resizing and manipulating images. Screenshots and videos. Removing picture backgrounds. Applying artistic effects.

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Unit 5.2 - Transitions and Animation

Adding and controlling transition effects between slides. Detailed animation and transition options. Animating individual elements of text boxes, charts and diagrams. Using animation to make your presentation unforgettable instead of unbearable.

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Unit 5.3 - Presenting Your Slides

Presenter tools and features. Custom slide shows. Annotating your slide during a talk. Navigating a presentation. Self-running presentations. Things that can go wrong and how to avoid them.

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Unit 5.4 - What Not To Do

Pitfalls to beware of.

Pricing

Pricing is for 12 months access.

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Requirements

Software:

  • Required: none
  • Suggested: Microsoft PowerPoint

Completion Time: 20 hours (average)