PowerPoint for Mac - From Beginner to Expert in 4 Hours

This Microsoft PowerPoint class will make you a master of Microsoft PowerPoint. The class uses Word 2011 for the Mac.
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  • Lectures 70
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

This course is for the benefit of everyone. If financial constraints prevent you from enrolling, send me a message and I will give you access to all of my courses for free.

This training provides you everything you need to know about Microsoft PowerPoint. From the fundamentals, to the most advanced features, after taking this online class you will be able to use Microsoft PowerPoint at an expert level.

You can learn Microsoft PowerPoint easily and quickly if it is taught correctly. Developed by a Microsoft Certified Master Instructor, this course covers the most recent version of Microsoft PowerPoint for the Mac - Microsoft PowerPoint 2011. As tenured college faculty in computer information technology, and with over fifteen years of experience teaching individuals of all ability levels "how to use" Microsoft PowerPoint, Todd McLeod has designed, refined, and perfected a method for understanding PowerPoint which will allow you to learn what you need to know about Microsoft PowerPoint as quickly and efficiently as possible.

By watching high-quality videos, you will learn all of the following about Microsoft PowerPoint:

  • Learn how to create presentations
  • Learn how to format presentations
  • Learn the secrets of giving a great presenation
  • Learn the difference between content and form
  • Learn how to create transitions between slides
  • Learn how to make your presentation automatically run forever in a loop
  • Learn how to print your slides for your audience
  • Learn how to add notes to your slides
  • Learn how to use templates to quickly create stunning presentations
  • As a bonus, you can download all of the project files used in the videos so that you can get a “hands-on” approach to learning the material

This class is guaranteed to teach you Microsoft PowerPoint. Once enrolled, you will have access to this PowerPoint course for the rest of your life. You will always be able to come back to this PowerPoint class to review material or to learn new material about how to use PowerPoint. Described as “fun” and “amazing” and “life changing,” Todd McLeod’s PowerPoint training will forever transform the way you work with Microsoft PowerPoint. Try this course and see for yourself how quickly and easily you can learn Microsoft PowerPoint.

What are the requirements?

  • In order to participate in the hands-on portions of this course, you will need to have Microsoft PowerPoint.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn the most current version of Microsoft PowerPoint for APPLE MAC
  • Learn from a Microsoft Certified Master Instructor with over 15 years of experience teaching individuals of all ability levels
  • From the fundamentals, to the most advanced features, this training covers everything you need to know about MS PowerPoint
  • Presented with high-quality video lectures, this course will show you how to easily do everything in MS PowerPoint
  • Lifetime access to this MS PowerPoint class allows you to easily review material and continue learning new material
  • MS PowerPoint Project Files and Templates are included allowing for enhanced learning through hands-on activities
  • After taking this training, you will be an expert at Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Lifetime access to this training allows you to come back to review material or learn more about MS PowerPoint
  • Money Back Guarantee - Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back

What is the target audience?

  • From beginners, to advanced users, this course is perfect for all ability levels

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Curriculum

Section 1: Course Information
03:28

Most people don't know this - you can receive great discounts on computers and software by searching for "academic discounts" or "student pricing." This video will show you how to get Microsoft Office at a great discount!

04:35

What is the most current version of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel? This video will show you how to determine the most current versions. This video will also explain differences in versions.

03:30

Both Google Drive and MS Office 365 have word processing software that runs on the Internet. In addition, there is the desktop version of MS Office that includes MS Word. This video details the differences between these versions and lets you know which version you should use and when.

03:50

Adjusting settings on videos can improve the video quality and make the video clearer. Many video players allow you to not only adjust the video quality, but also the speed at which the video is playing. Learning about these settings will allow you to adjust videos so that you can watch them in the method that best suits your needs.

01:42

This video will show you how to locate and download the files used in the course.

03:48

A little bit about my teaching style.

Section 2: Getting Started With PowerPoint
02:16

This video covers the basics of how to open an application, also known as an "app," on you Mac. I will show you how to change configuration settings on your dock, how to find applications in the application folder, and also how to find applications using the find feature. A lot of really great information, actually!

04:00

This video is super essential! Many people don't understand how applications, also known as "apps," run on the Mac. There are some really important things to understand about how applications run on a Mac. In this video, you will learn how to navigate between open applications by using "command tab." You will also learn how to tell which applications of all of your running applications is in the foreground.

01:24

Another really essential thing to know: how to close applications on the Mac. The shortcut for closing applications on a Mac is "command Q."

02:10

As you're working on your Mac, it's a good idea to close any opened applications, also known as "apps," which you are no longer using. You can quickly see which applications are running on your Mac by using "command tab." You can then also quickly close any applications which you are no longer using with the shortcut keys "command Q."

04:00

To create a PowerPoint presentation, you have several options: what do you want the layout to look like, what color scheme do you want to use, and what aspect-ratio do you want for your presentation. This video will show you what all of these choices are and how to make them.

06:01

When you first start PowerPoint, you can choose either a theme or a template. This video will show you the difference between themes and templates. It will also show you what "Guided Methods" are and how they can be helpful to you.

03:32

Learn how to configure the way PowerPoint start. Learn how to apply themes to a blank presentation. Learn how to change a presentations aspect ratio, color scheme, and default fonts. This video will show you all of these things.

07:16

Welcome to the wild world of PowerPoint. Let me show you around. These are the different areas: the status bar with different views and the ability to zoom, the ribbons, the toolbars, the menus. There are ways to customize the ribbons and the toolbars. This video will show you all of this!

7 questions

These quiz questions will help you review what you have learned in section 2.

Article

This hands-on skill check will reinforce everything you're learning and ensure that you're acquiring these new skills.

Section 3: Building A Presentation
16:59

You want to give fantastic presentations, and I'm going to show you how. There are many techniques that you can use to give great presentations. Part of giving a great presentation is having a great PowerPoint. This video will show you what works, and what doesn't work, when building your PowerPoint presentations. This is an absolute, must-see, video! You are going to learn great things in this video! I've been presenting to audiences for over 15 years, and these are some of the techniques I use to give amazing presentations.

03:56

This video will show you how to create a presentation, add a title slide, change the text of the title slide, and apply a theme to your presentation.

04:14

Once your title slide is created, you will need to add slides. I'll show you one of my favorite ways to add slides. In addition, you'll learn how to create consistency between your slides. You will also learn how to work with texts to have your slides logically progress through content.

02:45

Great presentations have variety. "Word Art" is a great way to add a little spice, pizzazz, variety, and stimulation to your presentations while still keeping your presentation slides lean, clean, and concise.

00:52

Changing font color is another great way to add a little pizzazz and spice to your presentations. It's a great technique for making some of your main points stand out. It's also a great technique for showing an association between ideas. This video will show you how I use "font colors" to enhance my slides.

04:58

Images are essential to great presentations. This video will show you how to find images and insert them into presentations.

04:05

There are a few last things we need to do to finish our presentation. This video will show you how to add the final last slides, reviewing techniques we have already learned. In addition, you will also learn in this video how to copy items between slides.

04:59

Taking screenshots is a super-valuable skill. I categorize this skill as a must-know skill. This video will show you how to take screenshots. It will also show you how I used screenshots to overcome a problem I was facing while building this presentation.

02:53

Transitions provide a fantastic polish to a presentation. Transitions are also super easy to apply. This video will show you how to apply transitions to all of your slides at once. It will also discuss best-practices for using transitions.

15 questions

This quiz will help reinforce the skills you have learned in this section.

Article

This hands-on skill check will reinforce everything you're learning and ensure that you're acquiring these new skills.

Section 4: The Home Ribbon
04:37

There are additional features within PowerPoint when you insert slides: changing the layout and adding sections. Sections are actually very cool. You will love learning about sections which I cover in detail in this video.

05:16

Formatting your text, also known as "fonts," is extremely important. Your fonts will give a lot of personality to your presentation. I'll show you the different font formatting techniques you can use on the home ribbon.

02:47

This is a little known technique: adding new fonts to your computer. It's a pretty easy thing to do and, as you'll see in this video, it can really take your presentation to the next level when it comes to giving it a certain look and feel.

04:55

You can format your fonts even more by using the context sensitive font format ribbon which arises when you click on text. Take a look at all of the cool transformational effects you can apply to your text!

05:16

There are a variety of techniques you can use to get a certain look for your paragraphs, also. In addition, this video will show you a cool trick for quickly adding some generic text to your presentation by using the "RAND" function:

=RAND(2,5)

03:40

In addition to inserting a text box, the "insert text" feature on the home ribbon will allow you to insert headers and footers to both your presentation slides and your presentation hand-outs. Take a look at all of the cool features that can be found under the "insert text" option on the home ribbon.

03:48

This video shows you how easy it is to quickly add pictures to your presentation. In addition, it shows you how to add some pretty neat stock photography which comes with PowerPoint.

02:40

Shapes are a great thing to add to your PowerPoint presentation. This video explores the many different shapes which are available and shows you some of my favorites.

02:25

It's very easy to include movies, music, and audio recordings in a PowerPoint presentation. This video shows you how to do it!

02:27

As you layer different items on one of your presentation's slides, you will need to arrange those different items: which item is on top of the other items, which items need to be aligned. This video shows you everything you need to know about arranging items.

00:53

Notes are super helpful. You can add notes to your slides which will remind you what you want to talk about on each slide. You can also have those notes show up when you present, but have your audience not see the notes: only you will see the notes on your presenting computer, and the audience will only see the slideshow.

03:16

This video shows you how to play your presentation. It also shows you how to use the "Presenter View" so that you see your notes but your audience doesn't!

7 questions

This quiz will reinforce everything you've learned in this section.

Article

This hands-on skill check will reinforce everything you're learning and ensure that you're acquiring these new skills.

Section 5: Essential Skills
03:13

There are still many great things for us to learn! This video will preview for you what is to come!

01:50

Guides allow you to easily align your picture on your slide. They also allow you to align multiple pictures with each other. This video shows you what guides are and how you use them.

01:47

You can resize images easily by grabbing the resizing handles which are on the edges of images.

03:52

Adding picture styles like frames and reflections, adjusting picture coloring like hue & saturation, sharpening and softening an image, changing saturation and tone, this video will show you how to do all of this to an image in PowerPoint.

03:04

You can achieve some pretty compelling images in PowerPoint by using the "mask to shape" option of cropping an image in PowerPoint.

02:34

Removing a background from an image and changing the stacking order of images on your slide are both covered in this video.

01:45

Animations allow you to do very cool things like moving objects across a page, having things fade-in or fade-out, and having a list reveal itself one item at a time. You are going to learn some great things about animations in this video!

08:27

This video will show you how to quickly have a list reveal itself one item at a time. In addition, it will show you how to change the color of items in the list after you have talked about them. This is one of my favorite features. I think this is a great thing to include in all of your presentations.

01:19

There's a manual way to create a list reveal. This video will show you how you can create great effects by simply transitioning from one slide to the next. You will learn a great skill in this video which you can apply in many ways to help you create great presentations.

04:02

Animation paths are used to move objects around the page. This video will show you how to create them!

04:29

There are some cool settings that you can adjust with animations. You can change the order in which certain things occur. You can also change how things occur. This video will show you many of the options available for animations.

02:44

There are great animation effects which will allow you to add emphasis to an item, or have an item exit your slide. This video will show you how to use different animation effects.

03:55

"Presenter View" is fantastic. It allows you to see on thing on your screen while showing the audience something else. This means that you can see your notes and see what slide is coming next, while all the audience sees is the current slide. Take a look at how useful "presenter view" will be for you.

03:54

Have you ever wondered how to create a continuously looping presentation? This video will show you how to do it!

04:13

If you would like, you can add recorded audio to each of your presentation slides. By using this technique, you can create presentations that continuously loop while also explaining the content on each slide.

06:01

Now that you have learned how to add recorded audio manually, here is the automatic way to do it. In addition, this video will also show you how to use the "hide slide" feature.

02:13

Smart art makes your presentations look smart. If you want a way to show a diagram of how ideas are related, smart art is the tool you want to use.

04:15

Take a look at what features PowerPoint has for comparing and reviewing a presentation. In addition, this video will show you how to insert comments.

02:03

This video shows you how to insert and use a hyperlink in your presentation.

02:49

This video shows you how to link to other pages within your presentation. It also shows you how to create a link which someone can click to email you.

04:35

Here are some really useful tools for helping your presentation look professional.

03:13

PowerPoint has many different settings which you can adjust under "preferences." This video shows you where these settings are, and how to update them.

10 questions

These quiz quiestions will help reinforce the concepts you have learned in this section.

Article

This hands-on skill check will help you reinforce all of the skills you have learned in this section.

Section 6: Nice To Know
03:14

The slide master allows you to make changes to all of your slides in a presentation at once. In addition, by changing the slide master, all future slides you create will be created according to the changes you've added to the slide master.

01:58

Often you will want to have printed notes of your presentation. You will probably also want to have hand-outs of your presentation which you can give to your audience. This video will show you how to create and print both notes and hand-outs.

02:13

Tables allow you to display data well. If you have data, or information, which would display well in tabular form, then create a table. This video shows you how to create and format tables.

02:14

Charts, also known as graphs, can help you visually present data. You can integrate PowerPoint with Excel to display charts well.

01:34

You can password protect your PowerPoint presentations. You can set a protection so that a password is needed to open the presentation. You can also set protection so that a password is needed to modify the presentation.

01:44

Dictation is super cool. You can now talk to your computer and it will turn everything you say into typed text.

4 questions

This quiz will help you learn all of the skills taught in this section.

Article

This hands-on skill check will help you reinforce all of the skills you have learned in this section.

Section 7: Google Presentations
05:09

You can use "Google Slides" to create presentations that are stored in the cloud. This video will discuss the advantages and drawbacks of creating presentations this way.

Section 8: Farwell
03:37

I have several other great courses which can help you in many ways. Make sure to take a look at all of my courses. I look forward to seeing you in another course!

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Instructor Biography

Todd McLeod, Faculty in Computer Science and Computer Information Tech

I am passionate about helping others learn and improve their lives. The courses offered under my account are courses taught by myself, along with courses I helped friends create. As for my credentials, I am tenured faculty in Computer Information Technology at Fresno City College. I have also served as adjunct faculty in Computer Science at California State University, Fresno. I began programming in 1996. I began teaching programming in 2001. My area of expertise is web programming, the Go programming language, and online education. I have taught over 560,000 students online how to build websites and use the Go programming language. Follow me on Twitter to stay current @Todd_McLeod 

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