MS PowerPoint - Introduction

This introductory MS PowerPoint course is for anyone who needs to understand how PowerPoint works. Suitable for beginners. We assume learners will already be familiar with using a keyboard, mouse, computer and assistive technology.

By the end of this course you will be able to

  • open and close presentations
  • zoom in and out and navigate around
  • move, copy and delete slides and work with different file formats
  • choose and modify slide layouts and change the background to slides, apply themes and use sections
  • manipulate text, format text effects
  • change the size and type of fonts and spell check and print presentation as well as learn how to elect different output formats. 

Estimated Course duration is 3 hours. Each lesson takes on average 3-5 minutes to complete.

You can also access our Quick Tip Videos, that only last a few minutes, under Tips and Tricks.

Course Content

Getting Started

The PowerPoint Environment
The Ribbon
Customising the Ribbon
Backstage View
Status Bar
Opening and Closing a Presentation
Navigating Between Slides
PowerPoint Views
Quick Access Toolbar
Using the Zoom Tool
Using Smart Lookup
Getting Help

Creating Presentations

Creating Presentations
Slide Orientation
Inserting New Slides
Moving Slides
Copying Slides
Deleting Slides
Saving Presentations
Saving Templates
File Formats
Running Slide Shows
Presenter Views

Formatting Slides

Choosing Slide Layouts
Modifying Slide Layouts
Changing Background Slides
Applying Themes
Using Sections
Headers and Footers


Placeholders Explained
Resizing and Moving Placeholders

Manipulating Text

Selecting Text
Cut, Copy and Paste
Mini Toolbar
Finding and Replacing Text
Deleting Text
Using Undo and Redo

Font Formatting

Font Type and Size
Text Effects
Live Preview
Changing Case
Clearing Text Formatting

Proofing and Printing

Spell Checking
Selecting Output Formats
Printing Presentations