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Microsoft PowerPoint

Improve your Microsoft PowerPoint knowledge with two levels of structured IT training from Optimum.


Training methods available:

Training available for Microsoft PowerPoint versions:
2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013.


Optimum has been offering Microsoft PowerPoint training from our central London training facility for nearly 20 years – providing two levels of training certification.

Level 1 is for new users of Microsoft PowerPoint, showing delegates how to create effective presentations incorporating text, illustrations, tables and graphs.

Level 2 is aimed at the more experienced PowerPoint user, who will be trained on the full potential of the software system. Delegates on each course are provided with a detailed user reference guide, allowing them to practice their new-found skills following the training session.

These courses are offered on a closed-course basis, held at a time, date and location to suit your needs.


PowerPoint Level 1


This task-based, hands-on course is suitable for new users of PowerPoint who want to create effective presentations incorporating text, illustrations, tables and graphs.


1 Day


You need to have basic Windows skills, including being able to save and retrieve documents, copy and move information, and be confident with a keyboard and mouse.


  • Create, save and amend a presentation
  • Create slides using text, drawings, charts and graphs
  • Apply designs using built-in templates
  • Print slides, notes and handouts.


Getting started:
Starting PowerPoint; understanding the PowerPoint command bars and menus; common tasks bar; applying and customising different views; different ways to get help

Working with text:
Selecting a slide layout; using placeholders; free-form text; adding, removing and modifying bullets and numbering; controlling layout with line spacing and text anchors; formatting techniques; indents and spacing; moving text around; using outline view to map out a presentation

Proofing tools:
Automatic error detection and correction; controlling AutoCorrect; using and controlling spell check as you work; checking for presentation consistency with Style Check

Navigation techniques:
Moving quickly from slide to slide; using outline view or slide sorter to modify the running order of a presentation

Drawings and graphics:
Different techniques to create tabular layouts; inserting and modifying a table; adding borders and shading to a table

Design templates:
Selecting a built-in design template; creating and modifying a colour scheme; modifying slide masters with text, drawings or pictures; creating and using a presentation template

Graphs and charts:
Creating various types of charts; enhancing charts with colour, textures and pictures; inserting and modifying an organisation chart

Printing a presentation; choosing colour or black and white output; printing speaker’s notes and handouts

PowerPoint Level 2


This course is specifically designed for experienced users to explore the full potential of PowerPoint. There will be time for delegates to raise questions relating to their own presentations.


1 Day


To attend this course you must be able to create, save and amend a presentation; create agenda and summary slides; apply designs using built-in templates; print slides, notes and handouts.


  • Incorporate data from Office applications into a presentation
  • Design and modify presentation templates
  • Define transitions and animations for multimedia presentations
  • Create agenda and summary slides
  • Create interactive presentations using action buttons and hyperlinks
  • Use PowerPoint to create and publish web pages
  • Customise toolbars and default settings


PowerPoint essentials review:
A short review of presentation techniques: working with text: drawing techniques and effects: charts and graphs: applying design templates

Working with other applications:
Importing an outline from Word: exporting a presentation to a Word document: using Excel data to create charts: embedding charts from Excel

Design templates:
Creating and using slide and title masters; designing a slide colour scheme and background; converting a presentation into a template

Special techniques:
Creating an agenda and summary slide; using action buttons to navigate through a presentation; using Slide Finder; inserting hyperlinks to other slides; settings for an interactive presentation

Slide shows:
Preparing a slideshow; using animation and build effects; animating objects and charts; using sounds; setting timings; rehearsing a presentation; running an on-screen presentation without PowerPoint

PowerPoint and Internet:
Saving a presentation as HTML; creating a web page from a Kiosk presentation; using the Internet Assistant and Animation Player

Customising PowerPoint:
Setting preferences and file locations; customising command bars; automating tasks with macros