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Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Level 1 (with Challenge Exercises)

Self-taught course


The skills and knowledge acquired in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 - Level 1 (with Challenge Exercises) are sufficient to be able to create real-world slide shows. You will learn how to create, print and publish presentations.

Target audience

Anyone who wants to know more about the functionality of PowerPoint 2013.


Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 - Level 1 (with Challenge Exercises) assumes little or no knowledge of the software. However, it would be beneficial to have a general understanding of personal computers and the Windows operating system environment.

Topics covered

Getting to Know PowerPoint

  • Starting PowerPoint From The Desktop
  • Understanding The Start Screen
  • Creating A New Blank Presentation
  • The PowerPoint Screen
  • How Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Works
  • Using The Ribbon
  • Using Ribbon KeyTips
  • Showing And Collapsing The Ribbons
  • Understanding Backstage View
  • Accessing Backstage View
  • Using Shortcut Menus
  • Understanding Dialog Boxes
  • Launching Dialog Boxes
  • Understanding The Quick Access Toolbar
  • Adding Commands To The QAT
  • Understanding The Status Bar
  • Customising The Status Bar
  • Exiting Safely From PowerPoint
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Workspace

Your First Presentation

  • Creating Presentations In PowerPoint
  • Creating A Presentation
  • Applying Theme Variants
  • The Save As Place
  • The Save As Dialog Box
  • Typing Text Into A Slide
  • Inserting New Slides
  • Typing Text Using The Outline Pane
  • Applying Slide Transitions
  • Saving A Presentation
  • Previewing A Slide Show
  • Closing A Presentation
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Working With Presentations

  • The Open Place
  • The Open Dialog Box
  • Opening A Presentation
  • Opening Multiple Presentations
  • Switching Between Open Presentations
  • Understanding Presentation Views
  • Changing Presentation Views
  • Navigating A Presentation
  • Using The Zoom Tool
  • Opening A Recent Presentation
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Workspace

Working With Text

  • Editing Text
  • Checking Spelling
  • Understanding Font Formatting
  • Applying Font Formatting
  • Applying Paragraph Formatting
  • Changing Bullet And Numbering Styles
  • Moving And Resizing Placeholders
  • Applying WordArt To Text
  • Converting Text To SmartArt
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Slide Layouts

  • Understanding Slide Layouts
  • Inserting A Title Slide
  • Inserting A Title And Content Slide
  • Inserting A Section Header Slide
  • Inserting A Table
  • Inserting A Picture With Caption Slide
  • Inserting A Chart
  • Changing The Slide Layout
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample


  • Understanding SmartArt
  • Inserting A SmartArt Graphic
  • Inserting Text Into SmartArt
  • Adding Shapes Below
  • Adding Shapes Above
  • Adding Shapes Before And After
  • Adding An Assistant
  • Promoting And Demoting Shapes
  • Switching SmartArt Right To Left
  • Resizing SmartArt
  • Changing The SmartArt Layout
  • Applying A Colour Scheme
  • Applying A SmartArt Style
  • Deleting SmartArt Shapes
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample


  • Drawing Shapes
  • Resizing Shapes
  • Editing Shapes
  • Positioning Shapes
  • Arranging Shapes
  • Merging Shapes
  • Formatting Shapes
  • Using The Eyedropper
  • Copying Shapes
  • Aligning Shapes Using The Ribbon
  • Aligning Objects Using The Smart Guides
  • Inserting And Formatting Text
  • Connecting Shapes
  • Grouping Shapes
  • Rotating Shapes
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Preparing for Presentations

  • Using Slide Sorter View
  • Reusing Slides
  • Adding Sections
  • Adding Notes To Your Slides
  • Slide Numbers
  • About Hyperlinks
  • Creating An Internal Hyperlink
  • Creating A Hyperlink To Another Presentation
  • Creating A Hyperlink To Another Application
  • Keyboard Shortcuts For Navigating Slide Shows
  • Using Resume Reading
  • Presenting A Slide Show
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Printing Your Presentation

  • Understanding Printing
  • Previewing Slides
  • Printing Slides
  • Printing Handouts
  • Printing Notes Pages
  • Printing The Outline
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Sample

Getting Help

  • Understanding How Help Works
  • Accessing The Help Window
  • Navigating The Help Window
  • Using The Office Website
  • Googling Help
  • Printing A Help Topic
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Workspace

Brilliant Presentations

  • Planning A Presentation
  • Make It Readable
  • The Four Pillars Of Great Design
  • Perfect Presentation Layouts
  • Presenting Polished Presentations
  • Presentation Methods And Hardware
  • Practice Exercise
  • Practice Exercise Workspace

At the completion of this course you should be able to:

  • work with the basic features of PowerPoint
  • create a new presentation
  • work with presentations
  • insert text into a slide and apply basic formatting
  • work with the various slide layouts
  • create and work with SmartArt graphics
  • draw and format shapes
  • navigate a slide show in PowerPoint
  • use a range of printing techniques
  • the procedures for using various forms of Help.
  • create brilliant presentations

Watsonia workbook with 138 topics. Files for the exercises are provided on a CD or can be downloaded here


Approximately 10 hours

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