Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2019/Office 365 (Self-Guided)

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2019/Office 365 (Self-Guided)

Microsoft PowerPoint is the most commonly used presentation software. This online, self-paced course will teach you how to effectively use Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 to create professional presentations.

3 Months Access / 24 Course Hrs
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Across industries, Microsoft PowerPoint is the most widely used business software for presentations. Knowing how to use PowerPoint 2019, and its online Office 365 counterpart, adds a vital workplace skill to your professional profile.

The Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2019/Office 365 course will introduce you to PowerPoint 2019 and teach you how to use its basic tools and features. By the time you finish these hands-on lessons, you will know how to create engaging, dynamic presentations.


The PowerPoint 2019 Interface

This lesson explores the basic features of Microsoft PowerPoint 2019. You'll explore the Ribbon and learn how to start the PowerPoint program and plan a presentation. And you'll practice working with different views, task panes, tabs, and templates.

Creating Presentations

Now that you know the basics of PowerPoint, it's time to create a presentation from scratch. We'll start by choosing a theme for a presentation and create slides with a variety of slide layouts. You'll explore the Live Preview feature, and we'll discuss how to save a file for future use. You'll also create and edit slides in Slide pane and Outline view. Finally, we'll explore ways to play a slide show.

Working with Files and Creating and Editing Tables

Including tables in your presentation lets you present a lot of information in a compact space. In this lesson, you'll add, revise and format tables. You'll also explore multiple ways to open a presentation. Then, you'll learn how to preserve different versions of your work by saving with new file names.

Creating Professional Presentations

This lesson covers two topics: proofreading and printing. We'll explore the Spelling, AutoCorrect, Thesaurus and Smart Lookup feature. You'll learn to print your presentation as slides, an outline, handouts and notes pages. This versatility really helps you connect with audience members!

Working with the Images Group

This lesson switches gears and works with images instead of text. You'll learn how to embellish your slides with media images, including online pictures, Icons, 3D models and photographs. You'll also learn how to download an image from a website and insert the image on a slide.

WordArt and the Illustrations Group

This lesson includes instructions for using WordArt, Shapes, Icons, 3D Models and SmartArt Graphics. You'll learn how to transform text into colorful WordArt objects and add Icons and 3D Models. You'll also practice drawing and filling 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 text with SmartArt Graphics.

All About Charts

In this lesson, you'll create a chart to illustrate statistical data. You'll explore chart components and learn how to add and edit specific chart elements. You'll discover how to change the look of your chart by using options on the Chart Tools contextual tab and the chart formatting buttons.

Making Global Changes to a Presentation

Making duplicate changes to dozens of PowerPoint slides is boring and time-consuming. This lesson focuses on making global changes to slides, handouts, and notes. You'll also make global changes to modify your presentation's background or theme colors.

Creating Links

In this lesson, we'll work with hyperlinks and action buttons. Enliven your presentation as you create links from text or objects to other slides, presentations, documents, and Web pages. You can add sounds and 3-D effects if desired. Also introduced is the Zoom feature which sets up presenter-driven links between slides in a presentation.

Applying Animation to Slides, Text, and Objects

This lesson explores slide transitions and Transition tab options. You'll apply animation to text and slide objects and use the Animations tab to add animation to slide or layout masters. You'll also find out how to add sound effects, such as chime or coin, to slide transitions.

Adding Advanced Animation Effects to Text and Objects

Using the Animation Pane, you'll add and reorder animated text and objects on slides. You'll discover how to apply advanced animation effects to text and objects on slides, and slide and layout masters. You'll also add an audio clip to your presentation.

Sharing and Saving Your Presentations

In this lesson, you'll focus on different ways to save and share a presentation. You'll practice converting a presentation into a PDF file, so it's accessible on computers without PowerPoint 2019. You'll learn to open, edit, and share your presentation online with PowerPoint Online and a Windows OneDrive account. Last, you'll learn how to transform your presentation into a video.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later. PowerPoint 2019 is not compatible with earlier Windows versions.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2019: Available to download with a subscription to Microsoft 365, or with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019 (not included in enrollment).
  • 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.

Self-Guided Course Code: T9435