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PowerPoint 2016 – Level 1

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Why study this course

The skills and knowledge acquired in this course are sufficient to be able to create real-world slide shows using Microsoft PowerPoint 2016.

You will learn how to create, print and publish presentations, and more.

You may also be interested in our Level 2 course which covers more in-depth topics such as themes, templates, slide masters, charts, animations and transitions, and working collaboratively.

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What you’ll learn

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

  • Work with the basic features of PowerPoint

  • Create a new presentation

  • Work with presentations

  • Insert text into a slide and apply basic formatting

  • Work with the various slide layouts

  • Create and work with SmartArt graphics

  • Draw and format shapes

  • Navigate a slide show in PowerPoint

  • Use a range of printing techniques

  • Obtain help for PowerPoint whenever you need it

  • Create brilliant presentations

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Who is the course for?

This course is designed for users who are keen to learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 to present information.

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Course subjects

Getting to Know PowerPoint

  • Starting PowerPoint From the Desktop

  • Understanding the Start Screen

  • Creating a New Blank Presentation

  • The PowerPoint Screen

  • How Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

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


  • 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


  • 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 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 Presentation

  • Understanding Printing

  • Previewing Slides

  • Printing Slides

  • Printing Handouts

  • Printing Notes Pages

  • Printing the Outline

Getting Help

  • 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

  • Planning a Presentation

  • Make It Readable

  • The Four Pillars of Great Design

  • Perfect Presentation Layouts

  • Presenting Polished Presentations

  • Presentation Methods and Hardware


This course assumes little or no knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint 2016. However, it would be beneficial to have a general understanding of personal computers and the Windows operating system environment.

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