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Introduction to MS Powerpoint

In agreement with participants, training will be offered either virtually or in the classroom according to government Covid-19 guidelines.

This practical course is designed for those who are either new or have limited experience of MS Powerpoint. The course covers the basic functions and tools of this Microsoft application, providing participants with the knowledge and ability to create professional and impactful presentations.

By the end of this course participants will understand the following areas:

Getting Started         

  • Opening PowerPoint     
  • Opening a presentation
  • Navigating between slides                                          
  • Using the Zoom tool                       
  • Changing PowerPoint views       
  • Using Help         
  • Saving a presentation   
  • Closing a presentation  
  • Closing PowerPoint        
  • Opening multiple presentations
  • Switching between multiple presentations

Creating a Presentation

  • Creating a new presentation      
  • Inserting a new slide      
  • Undo and Redo
  • Saving a presentation   

Manipulating Slides

  • Inserting slides with a particular slide layout       
  • Modifying the slide layout           
  • Changing the background colour on the active slide         
  • Changing background colour on all the slides within a presentation          


  • Applying a theme to a presentation        
  • Text Boxes (Placeholders)
  • What are Text Boxes (Placeholders)       
  • Resizing a Text Box (Placeholder)             
  • Moving a Text Box (Placeholder)              

Text Editing and Formatting      

  • Selecting, Copying, Moving, Resizing and Deleting text
  • Searching your presentation
  • Font Formatting
  • Paragraph Formatting   


  • Selecting, Copying, Moving, Resizing and Deleting text
  • Inserting Illustrations
  • Formatting Shapes
  • Formatting Charts
  • Organisation Charts

Moving, Copying and Deleting Slides               

  • Moving slides within a presentation or between presentations  
  • Copying slides within a presentation      
  • Deleting a slide or slides
  • Copying slides between presentations  
  • Moving slides between presentations   

Slide Shows

  • Running a slide show     
  • Slide show transition effects      
  • Slide show animation effects     

Printing and Proofing      

  • Spell-checking  
  • Using Portrait or Landscape slide orientation      
  • Selecting your output format     
  • Visually inspect each slide before printing            
  • Printing a presentation

If you wish to learn how to use MS PowerPoint to create better presentations then this is the course for you.

  • Louise

    Louise is an IT professional with over 22 years' experience in IT and telecommunications. During her career she has worked in IT consultancy, project management and as an in-house trainer.

    Louise is an Associate with AKU Training and provides specialist IT training in Belfast including MS Excel, MS Word, MS Access, MS Project and marketing through Twitter and LinkedIn training.

    Louise also runs her own IT consultancy in Belfast through which she operates as an IT consultant, mentor and IT trainer. She is an Accredited Microsoft Master Instructor and an accredited ECDL and Advanced ECDL Tester. She has worked as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University and a part-time lecturer with Castlereagh College and EDIFHE.

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Please note that the cancellation policy for our public training courses is as follows:


More than 3 weeks prior to the course start date - No cancellation fee payable.

Less than 3 weeks prior to the course start date - 100% of total fees payable or free transfer.


More than 6 weeks prior to the course start date - No cancellation fee payable.

Less than 6 weeks prior to the course start date - 100% of total fees payable or free transfer.

Substitute delegates will be accepted at any time at no cost.

Full joining instructions for the course will be emailed to you at least five working days prior to the course. In the meantime, if you have any queries please contact a member of our team on 028 9016 0587 or via email kate@aku.training.

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