Microsoft PowerPoint

Want to create effective PowerPoint presentations but don’t know where to start? Whether you are new to PowerPoint or have some experience and want to improve your skills, this online course has something for everyone, covering beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons in PowerPoint.

Course Description

In 34 engaging lessons you will learn basic techniques including how to use themes and layouts, add audio visual components to your presentations and more. You will also learn intermediate and advanced techniques such as how to add animations, print, reuse and copy slides plus more.

Whether you use PowerPoint for work or study, these tutorials will start you on your journey to becoming a PowerPoint pro!

The course is PowerPoint 2010, 2013 and 2016 compliant. Video tutorials are recorded in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, 2013 and 2016 for PC, so you can learn the techniques across all versions.

Certificate Info:

Type of Certification

A Certificate of Training is awarded for completing all lessons within the course. An Accredited Certificate of Achievement is awarded if the learner passes the skills test at the end of the course. The skills test can be taken as many times as needed. The Certificate of Achievement will reflect the highest score achieved.

Format of Certification

Digital and Print

Professional Association/Affiliation

GoSkills is a member of the Continuing Professional Development Certification Service (CPD UK). GoSkills courses have been accredited by the CPD UK, which means that they meet the industry-wide guidelines for continuing professional development.

Method of Obtaining Certification

Once the learner has earned the certificate they can be downloaded from their GoSkills dashboard.  The certificates are in a pdf format, so they can be printed or emailed.  The certificate can also be added to LinkedIn if the learner has an account.

Additional Details

Upon successful completion of a course, the learner will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
About Instructor:

Glen Millar - PowerPoint MVP

Glen is qualified in science and often uses PowerPoint to communicate complex topics to a wide range of audiences. He became frustrated with bad presentations, particularly in 2001 at a conference where he saw a very good topic presented badly. Determined to fix his own presentations (and then the world’s) he commenced working with presentation professionals to understand the presentation profession, PowerPoint as a tool, and the good and bad of presentations he encountered.

Today, Glen can look back at many improvements in the software, as well as his own knowledge of presenting. Glen is a popular speaker at the Presentation Summit in the US, known for extracting many graphic and animation effects many believed PowerPoint could never do.

Glen was first awarded the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award – PowerPoint in 2003 and has been awarded every year since then. At that time, Glen was the first to be awarded for PowerPoint in the southern hemisphere, but is pleased to share the award with some of the world’s best thinkers and practitioners of presenting. Currently, Glen is one of some 37 PowerPoint MVPs world wide.

Geetesh Bajaj - PowerPoint MVP

Geetesh Bajaj is an awarded Microsoft PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for over a decade now. He has been designing and training with PowerPoint for 15 years and heads Indezine, a presentation design studio and content development organization based out of Hyderabad, India.

Geetesh believes that any PowerPoint presentation is a sum of its elements – these elements include abstract elements like concept, color, interactivity, and navigation – and also slide elements like shapes, graphics, charts, text, sound, video, and animation. He explains how these elements work together in his best-selling book Cutting Edge PowerPoint for Dummies. He has also authored three subsequent books on PowerPoint 2007 for Windows, and two on Microsoft Office for Mac.

In addition, Geetesh issues a bi-weekly PowerPoint newsletter on that has over a hundred thousand subscribers.

He has authored content for the Microsoft,, Presenters University, TechTrax, Infocomm and other web sites, undertakes training and consultancy for PowerPoint, creates custom PowerPoint presentations and templates and is a featured speaker on presentation technologies.

In addition, Geetesh has also been part of the PowerPoint Live industry event since its conception and a contributing editor to the Presentations magazine for which he has authored several Creative Techniques columns.

Course Outline

Use a professionally designed template to save time creating a presentation.
Add slides, which are the building blocks of a presentation, and understand how layouts can provide you with quick ways to insert content aligned on your slide.
The different PowerPoint views allow you to work on different parts of your presentation such as slides, slide thumbnails, text and running your presentation as a slideshow.
A very clever location to add extra text to a slide that your audience may not see, but you can use as an aid when presenting or as printed handouts.
Find and add menu items and buttons that you frequently use to your ribbon or quick access toolbar to give you faster access to the PowerPoint features you probably use the most.
Quickly change the colors, fonts, effects or design of your entire presentation in almost a single mouse click.
Use placeholders to quickly add content to your slides including text, diagrams, and charts – so that you can later change the location and proportions of these objects, often with a single mouse click.
Format text in your presentation so that it is legible and perhaps even pleasant to look at!
Add and work with shapes, which are one of the most important building blocks on a slide, including rectangles, ovals, and triangles.
Reuse existing, formatted shapes to save time inserting shape content on your slides.
Align and distribute shapes (and other content) so that they are correctly positioned to quickly balance the content on your slides and prevent the same objects on different slides jumping to different locations during a slideshow.
Group various shapes together into a single slide object to help you position the group of shapes in a specific location, while still gaining access to the size and formatting options available within PowerPoint for those individual shapes.
Since a picture is really worth 1000 words, add pictures, change their appearance and do so much more with these fundamental slide objects.
Make the selected part of a picture transparent to either cleverly crop parts of the picture, or make parts of the picture transparent to overlay in front of other pictures without obscuring them.
Quickly add multiple pictures to a presentation even in the format of two or four pictures per slide.
Insert, add text to, and format SmartArt graphics to quickly add diagrams to your presentation which will assist you to tell your story.
Select the right chart for your data, add it to a slide, know the basics of editing charts and quickly format charts.
Understand and work with the tricky parts of charts such as axes and legends.
Add tabular data to your presentation in the form of a table and change the table’s appearance.
Insert sound on your slides so that your presentation can play music, narration or other sound effects.
Insert video into your presentation and use various formatting options such as soft edges, or 3-D bevels to make your video really stand out.
Have the confidence to know exactly what to animate without driving your audience crazy.
Just like an actor, make objects enter the stage, exit, move around the stage and maybe even gain the attention of your audience in the correct way.
Make your animated objects speed up or slow down, or play with or without your intervention, depending on which you desire.
Make an object move along a defined or custom path to enhance the engagement of your audience or explain in animated form very complex topics.
Add smooth or exciting transitions between slides to increase the smoothness and continuity of your slideshow into an almost movie-like format.
Reuse existing slides in your current presentation to save development time, as well is changing the order in which your slides play within a slideshow.
Reuse existing slides from another presentation, and retain the theme of that presentation if you wish.
Group your slides into common concepts or thoughts to help build your storyline, as well is quickly move all of the slides within that group to a new area of your presentation.
When you work extensively on a chart, picture or slide and it doesn’t turn out exactly how you wish, quickly reset it back to what it was originally.
Quickly print your slides professionally to give to your audience, or create PDFs to distribute either before or after the slideshow.
“Practice makes perfect” – so rehearse your slides and practice the delivery of your presentation.
Before you present your slideshow, set your show up to present in a variety of ways with the confidence that little will go wrong.
Use a special PowerPoint view so that even though your audience can only see the slide show, you can view slide timings, slide notes and even a preview of the next, upcoming slide.


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