Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

Take your presentations from "so-so" to sensation with PowerPoint. This course will help you learn to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 to create professional-quality slide presentations that grab attention from start to finish and make your message memorable.

6 Weeks Access / 24 Course Hrs
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Take your PowerPoint presentations from "so-so" to sensational! In these lessons, you'll learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 to create professional-quality slide presentations that grab and hold your audience's attention from start to finish.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced user, these lessons will teach you how to turn simple slides into a polished and exciting presentation that will make your message memorable. If you want to take your PowerPoint skills to a higher level, this is the course for you!

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Start Dates*Sep 14
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Come explore the basic features of Microsoft PowerPoint 2010! You'll learn about the Ribbon, which replaces the menu and toolbars so common in other programs written for the Windows operating system. You'll find out how to plan a presentation and start the PowerPoint program. And you'll practice working with different views, task panes, tabs, and templates.

Now that you know the basics of PowerPoint, it's time to create a presentation from scratch. You'll start by choosing a theme for the presentation and slide layouts. You'll find out about the Live Preview feature and how to save a file so you can find it later. You'll also create and edit slides in the slide pane and the Outline tab. Finally, the lesson will go over the ways to put on a slide show.

Including tables in your presentation lets you present a lot of information in a little space. In this lesson, you'll add, revise, and reformat tables. You'll also learn multiple ways to open a presentation. Then, the lesson will teach you how to preserve different versions of your work by using different filenames.

This lesson will cover two topics: printing and proofreading. You'll learn to print your presentation as slides, handouts, an outline, and notes pages. This versatility will really help you connect with audience members! And to make sure your printed presentation is as close to perfect as it can be, you'll explore the spelling checker, the AutoCorrect feature, the Research task pane, and the thesaurus.

You're going to switch gears in this lesson and work with images instead of text, which you'll probably enjoy. You'll see how to embellish your slides with media clips, which could include illustrations, clip art, photographs, videos, or audio clips. You'll even learn how to download an image from a website and insert the image on a slide.

You're going to work with WordArt, Shapes, and SmartArt objects in this lesson, which will be exciting. It's fun to transform text into colorful WordArt objects and to draw and fill shapes with color and special effects. You'll learn to group and edit the objects you create. And you'll add visual sophistication to your slides with SmartArt features—including Venn diagrams, flow charts, and more.

In this lesson, you'll create and edit a chart slide to illustrate statistical data. You'll find this lesson easy if you like working with numbers! But if you don't enjoy math, that's okay—the lesson will walk you through everything you need to know and do to create a chart slide. You'll also learn how to change the look of your chart by using Shape Fill, Shape Outline, and Shape Effects.

Making the same changes to dozens of PowerPoint slides is boring and time-consuming. In this lesson, you'll look at global changes you can make to your slides, handouts, and notes. For example, if you want to increase or decrease the font size on all the slides in a presentation, just make the change on the Slide Master. You also make global changes when you modify your presentation's theme colors or background.

In this lesson, you'll work with hyperlinks and action buttons. You'll enliven your presentation as you learn to create links from text or objects to other slides, presentations, documents, and web pages. You can even add sounds and 3D effects!

Have you seen a presentation where text, images, or entire slides fly in from the top or push up from the bottom? That's animation. In this lesson, you'll learn about slide transitions, and you'll apply animation to individual slides and the Slide Master. You'll also find out how to add sound effects, such as chimes and whooshes. And perhaps most important, you'll learn how to avoid overdoing these effects!

You already know how to apply animation to your slides as they transition. Now it's time to apply advanced animation effects to text and objects on individual slides and Slide Masters. With the animation commands and the Animation Pane, you'll add and reorder animated text and objects on slides. You'll also add sound clips to your presentation.

Now that you know so much about creating PowerPoint presentations, you'll focus on different ways to save and share them. You'll see how easy it is to make your presentation into a PDF file, so it'll be accessible on computers that don't have PowerPoint 2010. You'll learn to open, edit, and share your presentation online with a Windows Live account and then turn your presentation into a video.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. It is not suitable for Macs.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 or Microsoft Office Professional 2010 (not included in enrollment). A free trial version of Office 2010 may be available.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Kathy Van Pelt has taught computer courses at a community college for the past 25 years. She specializes in Microsoft Office applications, Google Drive and Google Applications, the Windows and Mac operating systems, and keyboarding. She spent seven years teaching word processing and business classes at a private business college and loves being in the ever-evolving educational field.


This class was very informative and will be very beneficial for creating interesting presentations. The possibilities are endless. Kathy Van Pelt was an excellent instructor. I particularly found the video which explained how to modify animation in lesson 11 and the additional training session "Get Visual with SmartArt graphics" at the Microsoft training website (in lesson 6) very helpful. Kathy taught this class step-by-step which was easy to follow and understand. She also answered questions in a timely manner. The supplementary material was also useful for expanding the lessons that Kathy taught. This was the first on-line class that I have taken and I shall take others to learn new skills.

I started into this course with only the barest knowledge of PowerPoint and only slightly more with Excel, so it was a real stretch to try to master all the various levels of what PowerPoint offers. But Kathy Van Pelt explained things so well that it wasn't necessary to write a number of questions to her. If a person just read carefully and found the icons, tabs, etc., on the screen as she explained things, it made sense. Thank you, Kathy. I appreciate your effort and the vast insight you used to make each lesson informational without being overwhelming. I enjoyed the class a great deal -- amazing since computer stuff is not a natural skill for me.

The instructor’s instructions were very clear and I was able to follow along without any problems. I liked the videos as well. The class was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. I really liked it. Thanks, Kathy!

A great enrichment course for students and professionals, who want to build on their business software skills to enhance their professional development. The instructor for this course is very knowledgeable of PowerPoint. She provided much enthusiasm for PowerPoint and made the lessons fun. Also, her feedback on the difficult subject areas was always presented in a timely manner and the lesson plans were well written and thorough. A great course!

I appreciated the instructor's pace and thoroughness in covering the subject matter. This is my first exposure to PowerPoint, and I definitely feel as though I have been given the tools to not only start in this area, but also to continue to grow in how I will be able to use it as I work with it more. That is why I took this course. I wanted to have a deeper understanding on PowerPoint. Thank you.

I really appreciate all the correspondence to and from the instructor. The extra resource suggestions and online step-by-step tutorials were also helpful. I especially enjoyed learning about all the animation and sound effects you could create with PowerPoint 2010. It is a great program. The instructor was very quick to respond to my questions and comments and encouraged course participation. Although the course was online, she made you feel more like you were in person. I would definitely refer others to take this course or any other courses offered by Kathy Van Pelt. Thank you being so thorough and helpful throughout this course. I really enjoyed it.

This course met my goal of being able to convert technical work I have done into a first-class presentation. I feel fully capable of doing this now, whereas I could only do the more basic actions in PowerPoint prior to taking the course. The instructor did a great job of presenting each lesson. It was easy to follow and accurate in its description of what to do and why, and what to expect the result would be. She also provided prompt, clear, and concise responses to questions in the Discussion section. I came away quite satisfied with the course.

Kathy really went out and gave great instruction on the topic material. She was well-prepared for this course. Any help that is given online, through Microsoft, etc., she knew the links that are applicable to the specific lessons. Thank you, Kathy.

Halfway through the course and already I'm seeing results! I was able to see firsthand yesterday just how much I have learned in this class. The employee at my company who handles all the PowerPoint presentations was not in the office, so my boss asked me to tackle the project. I used so many of the features which I learned in this class! Without the knowledge I have acquired from this class, I never would have been able to create the presentation as well (and as quickly) as I did. My boss loved it! This is a great class to prepare someone to use PowerPoint in the workplace.