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Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Beginner

Master PowerPoint basics in this easy to follow, step-by-step course.
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What Will I Learn?
Identify components of the PowerPoint interface
Create a presentation
Format text on slides
Add graphical objects to a presentation and then modify them
Work with tables in a presentation by adding charts to a presentation
prepare to deliver a presentation
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In this course, the first in a series of two courses, you will explore the PowerPoint environment and create a presentation. You will add graphical objects to a presentation and then modify them. You will also add tables and charts to a presentation to present data in a structured format.

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Who is the target audience?
  • Everyone, who wants to work faster using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.
  • Everyone, who wants improve the look and feel of their presentations.
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Expand All 71 Lectures Collapse All 71 Lectures 06:50:04
Intro PowerPoint Beginner
1 Lecture 00:53
Getting Started with PowerPoint
14 Lectures 01:21:41

In this video you'll learn how to open and close PowerPoint.
Open and Close PowerPoint

Before you can work with the program, you first have to get to know the way the program is designed. In this video you'll get to know the PowerPoint Application Window.
Preview 04:37

The zoom slider helps you to make the slides larger or smaller. In this video you'll learn how to change the size of the slides.
Zoom Slider

In PowerPoint 2010 commands can be accessed and selected via the ribbon. In this video you'll learn about the ribbon in PowerPoint 2010.
The Ribbon

Place all the commands you need for quick access on the Quick Access Toolbar, so you can grab them quickly. In this video you'll learn how to use the Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint.
The Quick Access Toolbar

Reading view, normal view or slide sorting - which of these views is best for working with PowerPoint? In this video you'll learn about the different views in PowerPoint 2010.
Normal View, Slide Sorter, Reading View, Slide Show

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In this video you'll learn how to use slides and outline tabs.
Slides and Outline Tabs

Protect your presentations against unauthorized access. In this video you'll learn how to protect your slide shows.
Protect Slide Shows

Familiarize yourself with the basis work steps. In this video you'll learn how to save, close and open PowerPoint files.
Save, Close and Open

You can control and exactly specify everything in PowerPoint, whether it's the storage destination or the file type. In this video you'll learn how to set up the save options for presentations.
Save Options

In PowerPoint 2010, you will be faced with many different file formats. It is important that the data are compatible with other versions of PowerPoint if the presentation is to be demonstrated on a system with an older version of PowerPoint. In this video you will learn about the different file types and how to check your data for compatibility.
Various File Types & Compatibility

Use PowerPoint's Help function, regardless of whether you're working online or offline. In this video you'll learn how to work with Help.
PowerPoint Help
Creating a Basic Presentation
17 Lectures 01:47:58

Create new presenations and use already existing templates. In this video you'll learn how to use new presentations and/or templates in PowerPoint 2010.
Preview 05:14

Enter your text straight into the text fields. In this video you'll learn how to use the text placeholders in PowerPoint.
Text Placeholder

PowerPoint 2010 offers a wide range of possibilities on how to edit text. However, the particular text has to have been previously marked. In this video you will learn about different methods of text selection: for this purpose you can use either the mouse or the keyboard or both of them together.
Text Selection Methods

You have to be conversant with character formatting to create an interesting slide design. In this video you'll learn how to use the character formatting function in PowerPoint 2010.
Character Formatting

Using a text slide in PowerPoint 2010 you can learn how the "cut", "copy" and "paste" commands work. Work faster by using keyboard shortcuts and applying these commands sensibly. These basic concepts are explained in detail in this video.
The Cut, Copy, and Paste Options

PowerPoint 2010 offers several ways to paste text: You can use the context menu, keyboard shortcut or even the icons in the clipboard to paste text. In this video you will also learn about the behavior of the formatting of the text. For example, the text can assume the target formatting or keep the original formatting. The effects are immediately visible with Live Preview.
Paste & Paste Preview Options

Frequently several other presentations exist that contain slides you could use for your present presentation. In PowerPoint you can use slides from other, already existing presentations, with no problem. In this video you'll learn how to use slides from other presentations.

Insert Slides from other Presentations

Always use the right slide layouts for presentation purposes. In this video you'll learn how to use the various slide layouts.
Slide Layouts

PowerPoint offers you a number of different layout types to present your content. In this video you'll learn how to use the title layout.
Title Layout

PowerPoint offers your various different slide types to present your content. In this video you'll learn how to use the content slides.
Two Content Layout

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PowerPoint offers you a number of different slide types to present your content. In this video you'll learn how to use the Title and Content layout with a chart.
Title and Content Layout with a Chart

In this video you'll learn how to copy and delete slides.
Copy and Delete Slides

Themes are a collection of different slide templates. In this video you'll learn how to use themes for designing your slides in PowerPoint 2010.

Format your slides and select a suitable background style for your slides. In this video you'll learn how to use the background styles in PowerPoint.
Background Styles

Best Practices 7
Formatting Text on Slides
8 Lectures 34:32

PowerPoint 2010 offers WordArt Styles to make the text more visually appealing and interesting. This is prefabricated formatting, Quick Styles that highlight the text. This can save a lot of time, since it eliminates tedious manual formatting. Using the Live Preview, you can see the effects on the text. This way it is possible to quickly try many different WordArt Styles. Additionally, these Quick Styles can be refined.
WordArt Styles

Re-use formats by simply copying them. In this video you'll learn how to use the Format Painter.
Format Painter

If you want to change the font of your presentation, you do not have to laboriously reformat each slide by hand. There is a wonderful option in PowerPoint 2010 that replaces the font on all of your slides. Even if you have used different fonts, you can assign a new target font to every individual font.
The Replace Fonts Option

Present your content clearly in PowerPoint 2010, and use bullet points for the main topics.
Bullets and Numbering

After you write your text, you should format it and align it. In PowerPoint 2010 you can choose between left and right justified, centered or fully justified. This video explains the different text alignments in detail.
Text Alignment Options

To add space between paragraphs or between the lines, PowerPoint 2010 offers the option of adding space either before or after a paragraph or a line. Here the ruler is useful and helps to optimally align together individual paragraphs. This can be displayed vertically and horizontally at the slide's edge for orientation.
Using Spacing Options and Rulers

You can also change the typography in PowerPoint 2010. The text can be aligned vertically or horizontally, rotated, automatically adjusted to the frame or displayed in columns. This video discusses each of these effects in detail and explains the corresponding parameter settings.
Typography Effects
Adding Graphical Objects to a Presentation
4 Lectures 28:13

In this video you'll learn how to use ClipArts as a company logo.
ClipArt as Company Logo

PowerPoint 2010 allows you to create a photo album. The video shows what settings are necessary step by step. Once you have selected and imported the images, you can provide them with effects. Now you run can the slide show as a normal presentation.
The Photo Album Feature

Shapes, graphics or objects. They can all help to make the design of the presentation more interesting. In this video you'll learn how to insert shapes in your presentations.
Insert Shapes
Modifying Graphical Objects in a Presentation
11 Lectures 01:05:15

A picture says more than a thousand words! In this video you'll learn how to insert and edit images.

Insert and Edit Images

You can align objects you have inserted or drawn in PowerPoint. In this video you'll learn how to align your objects.
Align Objects

If you use lots of pictures and graphics in your presentation, the presentation can grow very large. In this video you'll learn how to compress images.
Compress Images

If you want to reposition multiple items, such as images and their captions, you should use the grouping function. This way you eliminate tedious work and you do not have to move each item separately. Learn the benefits of grouping in this video. You can group any number of objects and also remove or restore them. However, it is not possible to include placeholders in a group.
The Grouping Feature

Exact positioning and alignment is especially important when working with graphic elements. In this video you'll learn how to position objects precisely.
Object Levels

You have the possibility of arranging inserted objects in PowerPoint, i.e. you can, for example, place two circles above each other in a slightly staggered position. In this video you'll learn how to arrange objects in PowerPoint.
Exact Object Placement

Best Practices

Animations help you to present your content in a dynamic, interesting way. In this video you'll learn how to assign animations to the content in the slides.
Assign Animation

If the same animation is to be applied individually for several objects, the same settings can be used for each object individually. Setting this by hand is tedious and time-consuming. PowerPoint 2010 reduces the amount of work with the "transfer animation" command. An animation has to be created only once. This is then applied to all targets. Check out the video and learn how you can save yourself a lot of time and effort.
The Animation Painter Feature

Best Practices
Working with Tables
4 Lectures 23:43

Inserting tables in PowerPoint 2010 is possible in just a few steps. The column and row number are particularly important. In this video you will also learn how to populate the tables with content and slightly modify or delete them when needed.
Insert a Table

PowerPoint 2010 provides a number of formatting options. Apart from the formatting options for text such as bold, italic, or underline, there are further options particularly for tables. This includes for example headlines, associated rows and columns, or the appearance of the first and last columns. In order to make the individual elements of the table fit your preferences, the video goes into the details of individual parameters and presents the Table Styles.
Format Tables

In this video you will learn how to import tables from other Microsoft Office programs in PowerPoint 2010. This saves time and effort. The video will now show which parameters you must still pay attention to and what steps are necessary for this.
Import Tables from Other Microsoft Office Applications
Working with Charts
3 Lectures 11:57

Charts offer us a particularly good opportunity to give a clear presentation of complex contents. In this video you'll learn how to create a chart in PowerPoint 2010.
Excel Charts

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Preparing to Deliver a Presentation
9 Lectures 55:52

Your presentation should contain no errors. Proper spelling is of particular importance. PowerPoint 2010 offers a spell checker. If you want to use other words, a research tool and thesaurus tool are available. How these tools work is explained in detail in this video.
Review the Content in a Presentation

Sometimes it makes sense to split them up into several parts, especially with long presentations. This way, you can divide them into an introduction, body and conclusion, for example. This video explains how to organize your presentation into sections. This helps to get not just a better view, but you can also reorganize your presentation.
Divide a Presentation into Sections

Use selective slide transition effects to give your presentation a more dynamic look. In this video you'll learn how to set up slide transitions.
Slide Transitions

In this video you'll learn how to navigate between slides.
Next Slide

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Write notes for the individual slides. This will help you to prepare better for the presentation, and also offers the possibility of quick referral, so that no content is forgotten. In this video you'll learn how to print and edit notes pages.
Print and Edit Notes Pages

Prepare yourself for your presentation. In this video you'll learn how to print and edit handouts.
Print and Edit Handouts

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