Microsoft PowerPoint Course: Level 1 (Beginners)

Microsoft PowerPoint Course: Level 1 (Beginners)

Microsoft PowerPoint short courses in Sydney, open to everyone.

Take your presentations to the next level with our Microsoft PowerPoint courses in Sydney.

Microsoft PowerPoint is one of the world’s leading business presentation software applications. In our Microsoft PowerPoint courses, learn to create engaging slideshows and presentations. Learn Microsoft PowerPoint with our Microsoft PowerPoint courses in Sydney - short courses open to everyone.

This Microsoft Powerpoint course is a beginner’s PowerPoint course and aims to give you a thorough grounding in the basics of creating and working with presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint before attempting more advanced features covered in Microsoft PowerPoint Course: Level 2 (Advanced). The skills and knowledge acquired in this Microsoft PowerPoint course are sufficient to be able to create real-world slide shows. You will learn how to create, print and publish presentations.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this Microsoft PowerPoint course you should be able to:

  1. Work with the basic features of PowerPoint.
  2. Create a new presentation.
  3. Work with presentations.
  4. Insert text into a slide and apply basic formatting.
  5. Work with the various slide layouts.
  6. Create and work with SmartArt graphics.
  7. Draw and format shapes.
  8. Navigate a slide show in PowerPoint.
  9. Use a range of printing techniques.
  10. Obtain help for PowerPoint whenever you need it.
  11. Create brilliant presentations.

Course Content

The following content will be covered in this Microsoft PowerPoint course:

Getting to Know Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Starting PowerPoint From the Desktop.
  • Understanding the Start Screen.
  • Creating a New Blank Presentation.
  • The PowerPoint Screen.
  • How Microsoft PowerPoint Works.
  • Using the Ribbon.
  • Using Ribbon KeyTips.
  • Showing and Collapsing the Ribbon.
  • Understanding Backstage View.
  • Accessing Backstage View.
  • Changing the Office Theme.
  • Using Shortcut Menus.
  • Understanding Dialog Boxes.
  • Launching Dialog Boxes.
  • Understanding the Quick Access Toolbar.
  • Adding Commands to the QAT.
  • Understanding the Status Bar.
  • Customising the Status Bar.
  • Exiting Safely From PowerPoint.

Your First Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation

  • Creating Presentations in PowerPoint.
  • Creating a Presentation.
  • Applying Theme Variants.
  • The Save As Place.
  • The Save As Dialog Box.
  • Typing Text Into a Slide.
  • Inserting New Slides.
  • Typing Text Using the Outline Pane.
  • Applying Slide Transitions.
  • Saving a Presentation.
  • Previewing a Slide Show.
  • Closing a Presentation.

Working With Presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint

  • The Open Place.
  • The Open Dialog Box.
  • Opening a Presentation.
  • Opening Multiple Presentations.
  • Switching Between Open Presentations.
  • Understanding Presentation Views.
  • Changing Presentation Views.
  • Navigating a Presentation.
  • Using the Zoom Tool.
  • Opening a Recent Presentation.

Working With Text in Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Editing Text.
  • Checking Spelling.
  • Understanding Font Formatting.
  • Applying Font Formatting.
  • Applying Paragraph Formatting.
  • Changing Bullet and Numbering Styles.
  • Moving and Resizing Placeholders.
  • Applying WordArt to Text.
  • Converting Text to SmartArt.

Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Layouts

  • Understanding Slide Layouts.
  • Inserting a Title Slide.
  • Inserting a Title and Content Slide.
  • Inserting a Section Header Slide.
  • Inserting a Table.
  • Inserting a Picture With Caption Slide.
  • Inserting a Chart.
  • Changing the Slide Layout.

Microsoft PowerPoint SmartArt

  • Understanding SmartArt.
  • Inserting a SmartArt Graphic.
  • Inserting Text Into SmartArt.
  • Adding Shapes Below.
  • Adding Shapes Above.
  • Adding Shapes Before and After.
  • Adding an Assistant.
  • Promoting and Demoting Shapes.
  • Switching SmartArt Right to Left.
  • Resizing SmartArt.
  • Changing the SmartArt Layout.
  • Applying a Colour Scheme.
  • Applying a SmartArt Style.
  • Deleting SmartArt Shapes.

Microsoft PowerPoint Shapes

  • Drawing Shapes.
  • Resizing Shapes.
  • Editing Shapes.
  • Positioning Shapes.
  • Arranging Shapes.
  • Merging Shapes.
  • Formatting Shapes.
  • Using the Eyedropper.
  • Copying Shapes.
  • Aligning Shapes Using the Ribbon.
  • Aligning Objects Using Smart Guides.
  • Inserting and Formatting Text.
  • Connecting Shapes.
  • Grouping Shapes.
  • Rotating Shapes.

Preparing for Presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Using Slide Sorter View.
  • Reusing Slides.
  • Adding Sections.
  • Adding Notes to Your Slides.
  • Slide Numbers.
  • About Hyperlinks.
  • Creating an Internal Hyperlink.
  • Creating a Hyperlink to Another Presentation.
  • Creating a Hyperlink to Another Application.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts for Navigating Slide Shows.
  • Using Resume Reading.
  • Presenting a Slide Show.

Printing Your Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation

  • Understanding Printing.
  • Previewing Slides.
  • Printing Slides.
  • Printing Handouts.
  • Printing Notes Pages.
  • Printing the Outline.

Getting Help for Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Understanding How Help Works.
  • Using Tell Me.
  • Accessing the Help Window.
  • Navigating the Help Window.
  • Using Google to Get Help.
  • Using Smart Lookup.
  • Printing a Help Topic.

Brilliant Presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Planning a Presentation.
  • Make It Readable.
  • The Four Pillars of Great Design.
  • Perfect Presentation Layouts.
  • Presenting Polished Presentations.
  • Presentation Methods and Hardware.

Intended Audience

Providing comprehensive and thorough coverage of the basics of using Microsoft PowerPoint, this PowerPoint course is ideal for new or existing users seeking to learn PowerPoint tasks outlined in the course content.

Delivery Style

This Microsoft PowerPoint course is presented as a practical, instructor-led computer-based course in a Microsoft Windows environment. You’ll have dedicated access to a computer exclusively for your use so you can follow instructor training and work through examples.

Course Prerequisites

This Microsoft PowerPoint course assumes little or no knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint. You should be familiar with the basic functions of a computer operating system. This includes navigating the environment using a mouse and keyboard, starting applications, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, creating folders, opening and saving files, familiarity with the accessing the Internet and use of common web browsers. If you do not have these skills, we recommend attending the Basic Computer Skills Course before attempting this course.

Bring Your Own Device Option

This course is also available to participants who are seeking a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) option for users of Windows or Mac devices. Participants are able to bring and use their own laptop provided that they have a recent version of the software installed on their device. BYOD course participants are required to contact us on 02 8262 6400 (Option 4) between 9AM to 5PM Monday to Friday to enrol in this course. This option may also be available for any classes currently marked as full.


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