PowerPoint 2013 for Beginners
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PowerPoint 2013 for Beginners

Learn the basics of PowerPoint 2013 so you can start creating engaging presentations every time.
4.4 (12 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
324 students enrolled
Created by Andrea Moxam
Last updated 7/2015
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Navigate the basic features and functions of PowerPoint 2013
  • Choose an appropriate theme for creating slides
  • Create a presentation from start to finish
  • Present a slide show
  • Students should have the most recent version of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

Course Description

According to Microsoft estimates, there are more than 30 million presentations created daily. Over 6 million teachers around the world use PowerPoint for classroom lectures, and there are more than 120 million people who use PowerPoint for business presentations.

The key to delivering a great presentation that will convey your message with a bang is to master the fundamentals of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. In this introductory course, you will do just that.

You will start by learning to navigate the PowerPoint 2013 interface, including the Ribbon, Backstage View and the Quick Access Toolbar.

As you dive further into the course, you will discover concepts to help you create a basic presentation, use themes and templates, format text boxes, slide transitions, apply animations to objects and use presentation tools in your slide show.

Learn and master the most popular presentation software in this introductory course.

  • Layout of the PowerPoint interface
  • Opening new presentations and templates
  • Slide layouts
  • Slide customization
  • Working with text boxes and images
  • Slide transitions
  • Animations
  • Presentation tools
  • Saving, sharing, and exporting
  • Setting up a slide show

A powerful tool in your hands

Learning the basics of PowerPoint 2013 puts a powerful and very valuable tool in your hands. PowerPoint 2013 is easy to learn, offers many more options than previous versions, and can be used in many different ways. Build your confidence in a way you never thought you could by learning how to design slides that are engaging and will keep your audience tuned in to what you are saying and what you are showing.

This course is perfect for anyone who has to design presentations whether it's for school, a job or you're self-employed and want to use presentations to market your product or service.

Content and Overview

Suitable for beginning slide creators, through this course of X lectures and X hours of content you'll learn the basics of slide design and form a solid understanding of the concept behind great slide design. Each section ends with practice exercises that allow you to put your new learned skills to use right away.

Starting with the layout of the interface, this course will take you through navigating the Ribbon and the Backstage areas, formatting slides, working with images, transitions and animations. By creating slides along the way, you will form a solid understanding of slide design.

After mastering the basics, the course takes you through the steps for setting up a slide show and how to use presentation tools that will enhance your presentation even more.

Students completing this course will have the knowledge and the skills to create stunning slide presentations for use in any setting (job, school, or business).

As you complete the practice exercises and share your creations with the class you will gain greater confidence in creating presentations.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 20 lectures and 3 hours of content!
  • Learn PowerPoint 2013 from a professional trainer from your own desk.
  • X lectures (9.75 hours of content) teaching you slide customization, using images, slide show setup and presentation tools
  • Suitable for beginner presentation designers and ideal for users who learn faster when shown.
  • Visual training method, offering users increased retention and accelerated learning.

What are the requirements?

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
  • Downloadable practice file

What is the target audience?

Anyone new to PowerPoint 2013.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for anyone new to PowerPoint or creating presentations
Course content
Expand all 20 lectures 02:04:39
+ Introduction
2 lectures 04:57

This course is designed to help new PowerPoint users get familiar with the basics of using PowerPoint 2013 to design their first presentation.

You will learn the basics of PowerPoint including how to use the most commonly-used commands such as copy, paste, formatting and inserting new slides.

You will also learn how to use built-in themes and templates to quickly create a professional-looking presentation.

Understanding how to use animations, transitions and slide layouts will help you create better presentations.

Preview 04:54

The PowerPoint 2013 practice file that you will use throughout the course are contained in the zip file PPT2013-Practice-Files.zip. Download the file to your PC or Mac and unzip the file. Once you unzip the file the practice files along with the Practice Checklists (Microsoft Word documents)will be in one folder.

Course Practice Files
+ Getting Started with PowerPoint 2013
4 lectures 23:20

In this lecture you will learn the layout of the PowerPoint 2013 interface including the location of the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar.

Preview 04:36

PowerPoint 2013 includes several tools to help organize and arrange content on your slides. In this lecture you will learn about the layout of the Stage and the Backstage. The Stage includes tools such as the Ruler, Guides, and Gridlines. The Backstage allows you to perform actions such as saving, opening, printing, and sharing your presentations.

Preview 05:19
The Ribbon

Adding commands to the Quick Access Toolbar allows you to quickly access those that you use most often. In this lesson you will learn the steps to add commands to the Quick Access Toolbar.

The Quick Access Toolbar
+ Creating a Presentation
4 lectures 24:12

When you are ready to work on a project in PowerPoint, you can either open an existing presentation or start a new one. In this lesson you will learn how to open an existing presentation and also start one from scratch.

Starting a New Presentation

Templates are pre-designed presentations in PowerPoint that you can use to create a new slide show quickly. In this lesson you will learn how to create a new presentation from a template.

Using Templates

The Slide Navigation Pane keeps your slides organized. From there you can duplicate, rearrange, and delete slides in your presentation. In this lesson you will learn the layout of the Slide Navigation Pane and how to duplicate, rearrange and delete slides.

Slide Layout

In PowerPoint 2013, all slides use a 16 by 9—or widescreen—aspect ratio. This new standard matches the aspect ratio used by widescreen TVs. Widescreen slides will work best with widescreen monitors and projectors. However, if you need your presentation to fit a standard 4-by-3 screen, it's easy to change the slide size to fit. In this lesson, you will learn how to change the slide size, format the background and adjust placeholders.

Customizing Slides
+ Working with Text and Images
2 lectures 19:47

A great way to emphasize important information in different parts of your presentation is to format the text using the various font format options available in PowerPoint 2013. This lesson will show you how to apply color, adjust size and change alignment of text on your slide.

Text Boxes

Adding images to your slides is another way to make your presentation more interesting. In this lesson you will learn the basics of inserting images and formatting them to fit your presentation.

Inserting Images
+ Ttransitions
2 lectures 10:37

Transitions are those special effects you see when you move from one slide to the next. In this lesson you you will be introduced to the different types of transitions available in PowerPoint 2013.

Introduction to Transitions

To change the look of your transition, there are several options in PowerPoint 2013. This lesson shows you how easy it is to modify a transition.

Applying Transitions
+ Animations
2 lectures 16:02

There are four types of animations that you can apply to text or objects in PowerPoint 2013; Entrance, Emphasis, Exit and Motion Paths. In this introductory lesson you will learn about each one.

Introduction to Animations - Part 1

This lesson continues from the previous lesson and will show you how to apply animation to an object, add multiple animations, use the Animation Painter, change the order of and preview animations, and how to open the Animation Pane and use the available options.

Introduction to Animations - Part 2
+ Saving Your Presentation
1 lecture 11:53

A great feature of PowerPoint 2013 is the option to save your presentation to the cloud using OneDrive. You can also export and share your presentations directly from PowerPoint. In this lesson you will learn how to use the different Save options.

Saving, Exporting and Sharing Your Presentation
+ Presenting
3 lectures 13:50

When you are ready to present your slide show, PowerPoint has several features that makes it easy to present your show in a professional manner. In this lesson you will learn how to start a slide show, advance and reverse slides and stop or end your slide show.

Introduction to Slide Show

In PowerPoint 2013, there are several options for you to set up and play your presentation. In this lesson you will learn how to access the slide show options and set up a slide show.

Setting Up Your Slide Show

Presentation tools are great to use when you are ready to deliver your presentation. This lesson will introduce you to the tools you can use to enhance your presentation.

Presentation Tools
+ Quiz
0 lectures 00:00

This is a short 10-question quiz to test your knowledge on the features and functions of PowerPoint 2013 taught in this course.

10 questions