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Getting Help in Microsoft PowerPoint

Help is built right into PowerPoint!

Click the question mark icon in the top right corner of Microsoft PowerPoint to search for solutions to your problems, training, and more.

Online Resources

All of Microsoft’s help resources are also available online. Visit Microsoft’s Help and How-to Site to get started.

Microsoft Online Training Courses

Microsoft offers a series of 15-60 minute online training courses that can be completed from your desk at your own pace. Most trainings have an audio component, so be sure to wear headphones or turn up your speakers.

View a complete list of training courses.

Don’t have headphones? Email ITS Help.

Course What You’ll Learn
Create Presentations 
  • Create PowerPoint presentations from scratch
  • Use themes and templates to enhance the look and feel of your presentation
  • Add and delete slides
  • Work with template layouts
Add and format text 
  • Add and format text
  • Use the shape tool to add graphic elements to your presentation
  • Include hyperlinks, clipart, smart art and equations in your presentation slides
Add and format images 
  • Insert and position images
  • Use the Screen Clipping tool to include screenshots in your slides
  • Add artistic effects to images
  • Use the Format Painter tool to apply the same effects to images throughout your slides
Design Presentations 
  • Apply themes to presentations 
  • Use PowerPoint’s design tools to create and work with objects in your slides
  • Use slide masters to change the look and feel across your slides
  • Add transitions to your slides
Add audio and video 
  • Add or record audio to your slides
  • Add video from your PC or online (Youtube, Vimeo and more)
  • Format, resize and position video in slides
  • Use stylized frames and borders for videos 
Change views 
  • Use available views to organize and edit your slides
  • Notes view: Use notes and cues, visible only to you, while you present

Lynda Training Courses

Course What You’ll Learn

Migrating from Office 2013 to Office 2016 

Includes an overview of the new features and improvements to Office 2016, including the cleaner & simplified interface, Touch mode, better cloud integration, security and collaboration features. The course then steps through the crucial new features in each of the major applications—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

PowerPoint 2016 Essential Training 

The course shows how to build a slideshow from scratch or by using PowerPoint templates and themes. Learn how to add and edit text, images, graphs, video, and animation; format slides for consistency; and add speaker notes to ensure a smooth delivery.

PowerPoint 2016: Tips and Tricks 

Learn to use lesser known PowerPoint features to create more engaging and effective presentations.

Topics include:

  • Creating custom icons
  • Organizing slides into sections
  • Use slide masters to control the design of your slides
  • Using Presenter view and annotations
  • Work with Excel data

PowerPoint for Mac 2016: Tips and Tricks 

 Tips and tricks as described above, using PowerPoint for Mac





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