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PowerPoint Foundation (Level 1)

Course length:  1-day


Course Description

Microsoft Office PowerPoint is Microsoft’s popular presentation program that allows users to produce professional-looking presentations. PowerPoint offers word processing, outlining, drawing, graphing, and presentation management tools


The Foundation (Level 1) course is designed for students who desire to gain the necessary skills to create, edit, format, present and print basic PowerPoint presentations.


Highlights of the course include a complete overview of the ribbon interface; information on getting started with PowerPoint and creating and presenting basic presentations.


This course is delivered using PowerPoint 2016. With the exception of the new modern look and touch screen support, there are few differences between the Office suites; therefore, users currently operating on Office 2010 and later will benefit from the material in this course.



To be successful in this course, you should be familiar with using personal computers and you should be VERY comfortable using and navigating with the mouse and keyboard. You should be experienced in the Windows environment. Specifically, you should be able to launch and close programs; navigate to information stored on the computer; and manage files and folders. Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Windows file management skills
  • Comfort using a mouse and keyboard

Course Outline

The Basics

The course begins with a look at the PowerPoint interface, hot to create a basic presentation, navigate in the program, and close PowerPoint. The module concludes with information on saving and opening presentations.

  • Getting Started
  • Signing In
  • Saving a Presentation
  • Opening a Presentation
  • Creating a New Presentation

Your First Presentation

This module will walk participants through the basics of creating a presentation. Adding slide content and notes, techniques for selecting text and objects, editing tools (including cut, copy, paste, undo, and redo) are covered. The module wraps up with information on checking a presentation for spelling errors.

  • Adding Content
  • Adding Notes
  • Selecting Text and Objects
  • Using Cut, Copy, and Paste
  • Using Undo and Redo
  • Checking Your Spelling

Creating Slides

In this module, participants will learn how to create, select, move, duplicate, and delete slides. Techniques for changing and resetting the slide layout, as well as creating sections, are covered next. To wrap the module up, participants will learn how to view their slide show.

  • Adding Slides to a Presentation
  • Selecting, Moving, and Deleting Slides
  • Changing and Resetting the Layout
  • Working with Sections
  • Viewing the Slide Show

Formatting Text

This module introduces participants to PowerPoint’s text formatting tools. Topics include changing font face, size, and color; modifying character spacing; applying text effects; using the Font dialog and Format Painter; and clearing formatting from text.

  • Changing the Font Face, Size, and Color
  • Changing Character Spacing
  • Applying Text Effects
  • Working with the Font Dialog
  • Using the Format Painter
  • Clearing Formatting

Working with Text

Next, participants will learn about advanced text formatting tools, including Find, Replace, bullets, numbers, text alignment, column formatting, line spacing, and text direction.

  • Using Find and Replace
  • Applying Bullets and Numbers
  • Changing Text Alignment
  • Formatting Text as Columns
  • Changing Line Spacing
  • Changing Text Direction

Formatting the Presentation

To begin, this module shows how to change the theme and variant for a presentation. Information on changing the slide size, formatting the slide background, and adding headers and footers to slides is also included.

  • Choosing a Theme
  • Choosing a Variant
  • Changing the Slide Size
  • Formatting the Slide Background
  • Adding Headers and Footers to Slides

Inserting Art and Objects, Part One

This module covers adding tables, charts, SmartArt, equations, and shapes to a presentation.

  • Inserting Tables
  • Inserting Charts
  • Inserting SmartArt
  • Inserting Equations
  • Drawing Shapes
  • Inserting Text Boxes

Inserting Art and Objects, Part Two

This module covers adding local and online images, videos, screenshots, and audio to a presentation. Creating a photo album is also covered.

  • Creating Photo Albums
  • Inserting Pictures
  • Inserting Videos
  • Inserting Screenshots
  • Inserting Audio

Advanced Slide Tasks

In this module, participants will learn how to add animations and transitions to their presentation.

  • Creating a Basic Animation
  • Customizing Animations
  • Using the Animation Painter
  • Adding a Transition
  • Customizing Transitions

Viewing and Printing Your Presentation

This module explores the different viewing tools offered by PowerPoint 2013, including zoom commands and Presenter View. Techniques for printing slides, notes, and handouts are also covered.

  • Viewing the Slide Show
  • Using Views
  • Using Zoom
  • Using Presenter View
  • Printing a Presentation
  • Printing Notes and Handouts

Saving and Sharing Your Presentation

Participants will learn how to save a presentation as PDF or XPS. E-mailing a presentation, sharing it with SkyDrive or SharePoint, and packaging it for CD are also covered. The module wraps up with information on presenting online.

  • Saving a Presentation as PDF or XPS
  • Packaging a Presentation for CD
  • E-Mailing a Presentation
  • Sharing Your Presentation on SkyDrive
  • Publishing Your Slides to a SharePoint Site
  • Presenting Online

Customizing the Interface

The final module of this course will show participants how to change ribbon display options, customize the Quick Access toolbar, customize and create ribbon tabs, and reset interface changes.

  • Changing Ribbon Display Options
  • Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Hiding and Showing Ribbon Tabs
  • Creating Custom Ribbon Tabs
  • Resetting Interface Changes


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