Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to take your presentations from "so-so" to sensation with PowerPoint. This course will help you learn to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 to create professional-quality slide presentations that grab attention from start to finish and make your message memorable.
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6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting  August 18, 2021
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Course code: i13

Take your PowerPoint presentations from ordinary to extraordinary! In these lessons, you'll learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 or PowerPoint 365 to create professional-quality slide presentations that grab and hold your audience's attention from start to finish.

You'll see how to plan a presentation for your audience, format it with themes and color, and use the slide master and layout master to make global changes. You'll embellish your slides with text and objects, including pictures, shapes, WordArt, and SmartArt, and learn to add multimedia effects to create animated presentations and more. If you want to become a PowerPoint pro, this is the course for you!

What you will learn

  • Learn how to plan a presentation for your audience
  • Understand how to format it with themes and color, and use the slide master and layout master to make global changes
  • Explore how to embellish your slides with text and objects, including pictures, shapes, WordArt, and SmartArt
  • Learn to add multimedia effects to create animated presentations
  • Explore the options on the PowerPoint Ribbon, including the new Online Pictures command, File menu options, and Backstage View
  • Learn how to print slides, handouts, and even an outline
  • Discover the best view for creating and editing your slides and running your presentations

How you will benefit

  • Master PowerPoint skills that will help you produce better presentations
  • Become an integral team member at your company with professional presentation design skills
  • Gain skills that will transfer to any organization and will look great on your résumé

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led online course
  • 6 Weeks access
  • 24 course hours

Come explore the basic features of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013! 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 create slides with a variety of slide layouts. You'll find out about the Live Preview feature and how to save a file so that you can find it later. You'll also create and edit slides in the slide pane and in Outline view. Finally, the lesson will go over the ways to put on a slide show. Important stuff in Lesson 2!

Including tables in your presentation lets you present a lot of information in a little space. So in this lesson, you'll add, revise, and format tables, and view multiple ways to open a presentation. Then, you'll learn how to preserve different versions of your work by saving with 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, AutoCorrect, Research, and Thesaurus features.

In this lesson, you'll switch gears and work with images instead of text, which you'll probably enjoy. You'll learn how to embellish your slides with media clips, which could include illustrations, clip art, and photographs. You'll also learn how to download an image from a website and insert the image onto a slide.

You're going to work with WordArt, Shapes, and SmartArt Graphics, 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 then you'll add visual sophistication to your text with SmartArt Graphics.

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. It will also show you how to change the look of your chart by using the options on the Chart Tools contextual tab and the chart formatting buttons.

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, the options on the Transition tab, and you'll apply animation to text and objects on slides and the slide or layout master with the options on the Animations tab. You'll also find out how to add sound effects, such as chimes and whooshes, to slide transitions. 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 slides and slide and layout masters. With the animation commands and the Animation Pane, you'll add and reorder animated text and objects on slides. You'll also add an audio clip 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 turn your presentation into a PDF file so that it'll be accessible on computers that don't have PowerPoint 2013. You'll learn to open, edit, and share your presentation online with a Windows OneDrive account and PowerPoint Online and how to turn your presentation into a video.

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.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • Windows 8 or newer.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (not included in enrollment).
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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

A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.