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PowerPoint 365 is a cloud-based version of Microsoft’s presentation software. It is part of Office 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based product offering.This Microsoft PowerPoint 365 course is intended to help all users get up to speed quickly with the software. It covers getting started with the app; creating and delivering a simple presentation; using formatting and editing tools; adding images, shapes, tables, and SmartArt; and finalizing a presentation.

By the end of this course, students should be comfortable using Microsoft PowerPoint 365 to create a presentation with a variety of features.

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About This Course

Course Prerequisites

Course Overview

Course Objectives

How to Use This Book

Lesson 1: Getting Started with PowerPoint

TOPIC A: Navigate the PowerPoint Environment

What is PowerPoint?

The Start Screen

About Slides

The PowerPoint 365 User Interface

The Ribbon

Contextual Tabs

Dialog Box Launchers

The Quick Access Toolbar

The Slides Pane

The Status Bar

The Backstage View

Activity 1-1: Navigating the PowerPoint 365 User Interface

TOPIC B: Create and Save a PowerPoint Presentation

The Default PowerPoint Presentation

Text Placeholders


The Save Command

Activity 1-2: Creating and Saving a PowerPoint Presentation

TOPIC C: Use Help

Using the Search Box

Accessing Advanced Help Options

Using the Help Tab

Activity 1-3: Using PowerPoint Help


Review Questions

Lesson 2: Developing a PowerPoint Presentation

TOPIC A: Select a Presentation Type


The Open Category in Backstage View

Activity 2-1: Selecting a Presentation Type

TOPIC B: Build a Presentation

Insert a Slide Layout

Insert Slides from an Outline

Reuse Slides from a Presentation

Duplicate Slides

Hide and Show Slides

Delete Slides

Activity 2-2: Building a Presentation

TOPIC C: Lay Out a Presentation

Slide Layout

Types of Slide Layouts

Slide Size


Theme Variants

Theme Components

Background Styles

The Format Background Task Pane

Activity 2-3: Laying Out a Presentation

TOPIC D: Edit Text

Text Boxes

Text Selection Methods

The Mini Toolbar

Cut, Copy, and Paste Options

The Clipboard

The Paste Special Command


The Live Preview Feature

Activity 2-4: Editing Text

TOPIC E: View and Navigate a Presentation

Presentation Views

Color View Options

The Slide Show View

Slide Show Options

The Magnifier

The Slide Navigator

Toggle Subtitles

Presenter View

The Protected View

Work with Multiple Presentation Windows

Activity 2-5: Viewing a Presentation


Review Questions

Lesson 3: Performing Advanced Text Editing

TOPIC A: Format Characters

Character Formats

The Font Dialog Box

Create WordArt

Convert Text to SmartArt

The Format Painter

The Replace Fonts Option

Activity 3-1: Formatting Characters

TOPIC B: Format Paragraphs

Bulleted Lists

Numbered Lists

Horizontal Text Alignment

Vertical Text Alignment

The Format Shape Task Pane

The AutoFit Feature

Text Box Margins

Spacing Options

Formatting Text as Columns

Text Direction Options

Clearing Formatting from Text


Design Ideas


Activity 3-2: Formatting Paragraphs

TOPIC C: Format Text Boxes

Text Box Formatting Options

Shape Fills

Shape Outlines

The Eyedropper

Shape Effects

Set the Default Text Box

Activity 3-3: Formatting Text Boxes


Review Questions

Lesson 4: Adding Graphical Elements to Your Presentation

TOPIC A: Insert Images

Local Pictures

Online Pictures

Online Video

The Photo Album Feature

The Screenshot Tool

The Screen Recording Tool

Convert Pictures to SmartArt

Activity 4-1: Inserting Images

TOPIC B: Insert Shapes

Insert Shapes

Ink Replay

The Shape Format Contextual Tab

Resizing Shapes

Customize Shape Fill, Outline, and Effects

The Merge Shapes Feature

Edit Points

Set the Default Shape

Activity 4-2: Inserting Shapes

TOPIC C: Insert WordArt

Insert WordArt

Edit WordArt

Format WordArt

Activity 4-3: Insert WordArt


Review Questions

Lesson 5: Modifying Objects in Your Presentation

TOPIC A: Edit Objects

Object Selection Methods

Image Cropping

The Picture Format Tab

The Remove Background Feature

Object Resizing Methods

Object Scaling Methods

Object Orientation Options

Image Compression Options

Changing the Picture

Resetting the Picture

Activity 5-1: Editing Objects

TOPIC B: Format Objects

The Format Picture Task Pane

The Set Transparent Color Option

The Corrections Option

The Artistic Effects Option

The Transparency Option

Picture Formatting Options

Activity 5-2: Formatting Objects

TOPIC C: Group Objects

The Grouping Feature

Activity 5-3: Grouping Objects

TOPIC D: Arrange Objects

Alignment Commands

Object Order

Guides and Gridlines

Activity 5-4: Arranging Objects

TOPIC E: Animate Objects

Built-In Animation Effects

Morph Transition

The Animation Painter Feature

Activity 5-5: Animating Objects


Review Questions

Lesson 6: Adding Tables to Your Presentation

TOPIC A: Create a Table


Table Creation Options

Table Navigation Methods

Add and Delete Rows and Columns

Resize Rows, Columns, and Tables

Merge and Split Cells

Distribute and Arrange Rows and Columns

Align Tables

Activity 6-1: Creating a Table

TOPIC B: Format a Table

The Table Design Tab

Layout Tab

Table Styles

Table Fill and Border Options

Activity 6-2: Formatting a Table

TOPIC C: Insert a Table from Other Microsoft 365 Applications

Linking versus Embedding

The Insert Object Dialog Box

Insert Microsoft Excel Worksheets into PowerPoint

Activity 6-3: Inserting a Table from Microsoft Excel


Review Questions

Lesson 7: Adding Charts to Your Presentation

TOPIC A: Create a Chart


Insert a Chart and Add Data

Edit Chart Data

Chart Types

Activity 7-1: Creating a Chart

TOPIC B: Format a Chart

The Chart Contextual Tabs

The Chart Design Tab

The Format Tab

Quick Chart Commands

Change the Chart Type

Change the Chart Layout

Change the Chart Style

Change the Chart Color

Activity 7-2: Formatting a Chart

TOPIC C: Manipulate a Chart

Select and Format Chart Elements

Arrange Chart Elements

Specify a Precise Position for the Chart

Resize Chart Elements

Apply Effects to a Chart

Apply Quick Styles to Shapes

Apply a Border

Activity 7-3: Manipulating a Chart

TOPIC D: Insert a Chart from Microsoft Excel

Create a Chart with Microsoft Excel Data

Activity 7-4: Inserting a Chart from Microsoft Excel


Review Questions

Lesson 8: Preparing to Deliver Your Presentation

TOPIC A: Review Your Presentation

AutoCorrect Feature Options

The Spell Checker Feature

Smart Lookup

The Thesaurus

Checking Compatibility

Checking Accessibility

Activity 8-1: Reviewing Your Presentation

TOPIC B: Apply Transitions


Apply Transitions

Set Effect Options

Customize Transition Timing

Add a Sound

Preview Transitions

Activity 8-2: Applying Transitions

TOPIC C: Print Your Presentation

The Print Command

Printing Selected Slides

Full Page Slides



Notes Pages

Activity 8-3: Printing Your Presentation

TOPIC D: Deliver Your Presentation

Presentation Options

PowerPoint Presentation File Formats

Activity 8-4: Delivering Your Presentation


Review Questions

Lesson Labs

Lesson 1

Lesson Lab 1-1

Lesson 2

Lesson Lab 2-1

Lesson Lab 2-2

Lesson Lab 2-3

Lesson 3

Lesson Lab 3-1

Lesson Lab 3-2

Lesson 4

Lesson Lab 4-1

Lesson 5

Lesson Lab 5-1

Lesson Lab 5-2

Lesson 6

Lesson Lab 6-1

Lesson Lab 6-2

Lesson 7

Lesson Lab 7-1

Lesson Lab 7-2

Lesson 8

Lesson Lab 8-1

Lesson Lab 8-2

Course Wrap-Up

Post-Course Assessment

Course Summary

Next Steps


Keyboard Shortcut Quick Reference Sheet



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