Pitman Training


Course Outline

There are two advantages to our Microsoft PowerPoint training. One is that it’s broken down into thirteen easily handled lessons – the other is that it puts the powerful Pitman Training name on your CV – and that’s something other Microsoft PowerPoint courses just can’t compete with.

This is a flexible programme of self-study, so you can fit your training around your current work and home commitments. You’ll also walk away with a workbook, an invaluable reference tool in the workplace.

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Our Microsoft PowerPoint course will guide you step-by-step through this popular presentation software to help you create engaging, attractive presentations.

You will have:

  • The flexibility and value of a self-study course designed to enable you to work at your own pace
  • A workbook to use as a reference guide on completion of the course
  • The opportunity to gain the widely recognised Pitman Training Certificate

Our PowerPoint course is suitable for those looking for a beginner level introduction to this popular presentation software.

Many PAs, EAs, VAs, Office Managers utilise this software in their roles and obviously it’s the perfect course for anyone who wants to create interesting and engaging presentations!

The Microsoft PowerPoint course has 13 lessons.

Lesson One: includes an introduction to the software, running presentations, accessing different views, navigating between slides, creating a presentation, adding a new slide, entering and editing text, working with bulleted text, the Notes pane, printing the slides.

Lesson Two: includes principles of presentation planning & design, using AutoFit options, formatting text, resizing and moving a placeholder, identifying, applying & resetting slide layouts, selecting a built-in background style.

Lesson Three: includes applying a theme and selecting colour & font schemes, saving a custom theme, editing slide text, selecting multiple slides, re-using slides from another presentation, the find and replace feature, moving and copying content in a slide and from one slide to another, using sections to organise and manage your presentation, deleting a custom theme.

Lesson Four:  includes rearranging slides, expanding and collapsing the slide outline, promoting and demoting outline text, inserting slides from a Word outline, background styles, adding headers and footers to notes and handouts, using the notes master, generating handouts, using the handout master, selecting page setup options for slides.

Lesson Five:  includes Slide Master View, adding a graphic to the slide master view, formatting the Slide Master, formatting the layout masters, including the title slide layout master, creating a custom layout in slide master view, applying a theme, using multiple slide masters, hiding and unhiding slides, using the slide show toolbar, saving a presentation as a template, creating a new presentation from a template.

Lesson Six: includes drawing, resizing, moving, copying and rotating shapes, cropping an object, selecting multiple objects, grouping, ungrouping and aligning, applying Quick Styles, using picture and texture fills and custom colours, changing the theme of a presentation, inserting and formatting Clip Art images, creating, formatting and enhancing WordArt, working with pictures and callouts.

Lesson Seven: includes inserting a chart and entering data, choosing the chart type, adding, formatting and removing chart elements, switching rows and columns, changing gridline and axis settings, creating a combination chart, inserting a table, adjusting table dimensions, inserting and deleting table rows and columns.

Lesson Eight: includes creating flowchart shapes, selecting, sizing and positioning flowchart shapes, connecting flowchart shapes/changing the connector type, creating a SmartArt graphic, adding text and shapes to SmartArt diagrams, converting text to SmartArt, changing the type and layout of SmartArt, inserting, formatting and working with a text box.

Lesson Nine: includes inserting, viewing and editing comments, showing & hiding markup, using the document inspector, setting & removing a password, compressing pictures, saving a presentation in different formats, packaging for CD, saving slides as images, creating linked handouts, adding a digital signature.

Lesson Ten: includes adding, modifying and removing transition effects, using reading view, applying transition effects to selected slides, adding and removing transition sounds, applying and working with animation effects.

Lesson Eleven: includes enhancing pictures using artistic effects, using gridlines to position an image, adding a picture to the background, changing the order of objects on the slide, inserting and linking a video from a file, formatting of video clips, inserting audio from clipart and a file.

Lesson Twelve: includes inserting hyperlinks, removing a digital signature, copying data from other programs, embedding files from other programs, linking objects, updating links in a presentation, breaking a link, understanding the difference between embedded objects and linked objects, hyperlinks, copy and paste, embedding and linking, creating and formatting Action Buttons

Lesson Thirteen: includes setting and changing times for selected slides, rehearsing timings & working with the toolbar, selecting show types, turning off animation, creating a photo album, inserting a soundtrack from a file, setting up a soundtrack to play across slides, compressing media files.

This course will take around 30 hours to complete.

Our Microsoft PowerPoint course is part of our distance learning range – which can be accessed online via our distance learning portal.

This means that you have the flexibility to study our Microsoft PowerPoint course:

  • In centre, with our friendly course advisors available for support and guidance as and when you need it.
  • At home or from work – with support via email or telephone during working hours.
  • On a blended mix – in-centre for the modules you need help with, at home or from work for those you are gliding through.

Once you’ve decided to go ahead, all you’ll need to do is contact your nearest Pitman Training centre that offers and supports our distance learning platform, and they will arrange for you to have an induction to show you around the system and talk you through how our online training works. After this, you can learn in your own time and at your own speed, but with the knowledge you have support at hand if required.

To find your nearest centre that offers and supports our online Microsoft PowerPoint training, /training-a-z/”>

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