PowerPoint 2010: Getting Started

Part 1 of 3 in the PowerPoint 2010 series. Don't use PowerPoint that often? Well, you've probably forgotten how to do some stuff then.
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(44)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 13, 2011
Duration
4h 35m
Table of contents
Getting Started with PowerPoint 2010 Training
Overview of New and Enhanced Features
Deprecated Features
Finding Commands Quickly with the Quick Access Toolbar
Finding Commands Using the Ribbon
Switching Between Presentation Views
Navigating and Editing Slides with the Slides/Outline Pane
Switching to Master Views
Working with PowerPoint Files Through the Backstage View
Tour of the PowerPoint Blank Template
Adding New Slides and Sections
Adding and Formatting Text
Copying and Pasting
Creating a Presentation from a Template
Applying a Theme
Customizing Slide Backgrounds
Adjusting Page Orientation and Size
Bullet and Number Lists
Adding a Text Box
Adjusting Text Layout
AutoFit Options
Inserting Symbols
Creating WordArt
Creating Basic Shapes
Formatting Shapes
Creating 3-D Shapes
Creating a Custom Shape
Combining Shapes
Editing Points
Reordering Layers with the Selection and Visibility Pane
Reordering Objects
Positioning Objects on a Slide
Grouping Shapes and Objects
Using Grids and Guides to Position Objects
Description
Course info
Rating
(44)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 13, 2011
Duration
4h 35m
Description

Part 1 of 3 in the PowerPoint 2010 series. Don't use PowerPoint that often? Well, you've probably forgotten how to do some stuff then. This course is your PowerPoint encyclopedia for just about any feature you could possibly want. Animations. YouTube videos. Charts. Transitions. Pictures. SmartArt. Tables and Spreadsheets. You name it, it's here. Feel free to skip around the course and watch the topics you are interested in. Oh, and for all of you ADHD learners, each clip is extra super short. I promise.

About the author
About the author

Heather Ackmann is an accomplished instructor with a decade of teaching experience, helping students at the high school, college, and adult levels in a variety of topics. Specializing in Microsoft Office computer applications, she is a Microsoft Office Certified Master and holds a degree in English and Secondary Education.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Getting Started with PowerPoint 2010 Training
Hi, I'm Heather Ackmann, and you're watching PowerPoint 2010 Training. And, this lesson, Getting Started with PowerPoint 2010 Training, is designed to introduce you to some basics about both the software and the course. In this lesson, we'll begin with a brief introduction to PowerPoint, talking a little bit about the course as a whole. Then, I'll tell you a little bit about me, the instructor. And then, finish with an overview of the course structure. In other words, where to find what within the course.

Overview of New and Enhanced Features
You're watching the lesson titled Overview of New and Enhanced Features. PowerPoint 2010, if I do say so myself, has a ton of new and improved features. More so it seems than any other program in the Office suite. In fact I've got 55 slides divided into six categories that will only cover the highlights of what's new and improved. Now this video is just meant to be an overview, but don't worry. We'll demonstrate the features later on in the course.

Switching Between Presentation Views
You're watching a lesson titled, Switching Between Presentation Views. In this lesson, we're just going to give you a very brief introduction to your various views in PowerPoint 2010. We'll begin by discussing what the Normal View is, and how to switch back and forth between the Normal View and other views. Next we'll talk about The Slide Sorter View, followed by The Notes Page view, The Slide Show View and a few other views available in PowerPoint 2010.

Working with PowerPoint Files Through the Backstage View
Watching working with PowerPoint Files Through the Backstage View. This lesson begins with an introduction to the new Backstage view introduced in PowerPoint 2010. And then we'll move on to show you how to perform some basic tasks through that Backstage view, such as saving files. We'll show you how to create a new file, how to open a file, how to print, and how to adjust the application settings and options. So, let's get started.

Tour of the PowerPoint Blank Template
You're watching the lesson titled Tour of the PowerPoint Blank Template. In this lesson, we'll learn how to create a brand-new presentation from scratch, as well as discuss the available layouts and default settings of that blank template. And we'll discuss what exactly a PowerPoint placeholder is. Creating a New Blank Presentation. Whenever you open PowerPoint, PowerPoint will open the application and create a brand-new presentation based off of the blank template for you. Or if you already have a presentation open and you go to the Backstage view and choose New > Blank presentation and then click the Create button, same thing. PowerPoint is creating a brand-new presentation based off of the blank template. And all the blank template is, is a standard PowerPoint slide with a white background and a Calibri font, which is a good starting point for making your own customizations. So a lot of people will begin or create a presentation based off of this blank template.

Applying a Theme
You're watching the lesson titled Applying a Theme. In this lesson we'll learn how to apply a theme to a blank presentation, how to change the theme of an already existing presentation, and how to change or adjust theme fonts, colors, and effects. Applying a Theme to a Blank Presentation. To apply a theme to a blank presentation, what you can do is go up to your Design tab, and in the Themes group, you'll see a themes gallery displaying all of your PowerPoint 2010 themes. To see what one of those themes will look like, all you've got to do is hover your mouse over any one of these thumbnails to see a live preview of that theme behind your theme gallery. If the theme gallery itself is blocking too much of your slide, you can always resize your gallery, and then hover your mouse over any particular theme to see what that theme will look like when applied. To apply a theme, simply click your mouse once on the theme thumbnail and that theme will be applied to all slides within your presentation. And that theme won't just be applied to slides currently in the presentation. In fact, if you go to enter or add a brand new slide, that theme will also be applied to all new slides and slide layouts that you have to choose from. In other words, applying a theme will affect your slide masters from your template.

Customizing Slide Backgrounds
You're watching the lesson titled Customizing Slide Backgrounds. In this lesson we'll learn how to apply a background style, and how to customize the background by changing the background color, by creating a gradient background fill, and by creating picture texture and pattern backgrounds. Applying a Background Style. To apply a background style to PowerPoint 2010, jump over to your Design tab and in the Background group, you'll see a drop down menu called Background Styles. Clicking on that will give you a gallery showing you 12 background styles to choose from. Up top you'll see a variety of solid colors, and below you'll see a variety of different gradient backgrounds to choose from. To apply a particular style simply click on one of these thumbnails. And that background will be applied to all the slides in your presentation. If for example you just like to apply a background to one particular slide, what you can do is go back to your Design tab and in that Background Styles drop menu, right click on a particular style that you like. And then choose the option, Apply to Selected Slides. And then PowerPoint will only apply that background style to whatever slide you have selected currently. Now background styles in this menu are determined based on whatever color scheme you have applied to your presentation. If you'd like to change the colors to choose from, you can simply apply a different color scheme. So now if I choose Contour and go back to my Background Styles menu, I'll have four different colors to choose from. And once again these colors will be based on whatever color scheme you have associated with your theme. And that is how you can apply a quick background style.

Adjusting Page Orientation and Size
You're watching the lesson titled Adjusting Page Orientation and Size. In this lesson, we're going to be learning how to change a slide's orientation as well as how to adjust the orientation of both handouts and notes pages. We're also going to learn how to create widescreen slides. So, there's a lot of topics to cover. Let's get started. Changing a Slide's Orientation. In PowerPoint you have several ways you can change the orientation of a slide. The first way is to go up to your Design tab and click on the Slide Orientation button. From there, you can switch your slides orientation from landscape to portrait. You can also change the slide orientation from your slide master. So jumping over to the View tab and clicking on Slide Master. On Slide Master tab in the Page Setup group, you'll also have a button to adjust the slide orientation. So there's a couple of ways to change your slides from a portrait view to landscape or vice versa.

Reordering Layers with the Selection and Visibility Pane
You're watching the lesson title Reordering Layers with the Selection and Visibility Pane. This lesson begins with an introduction to PowerPoint layers, afterwards we'll jump right into PowerPoint and learn how to reorder layers with the Selection and Visibility Pane as well as learn how to rename layers and make certain layers invisible. Introduction to Layers. Everything you place on top of a PowerPoint slide be it a text box, a photo, or a place holder is essentially a layer in and of itself. This is a good thing. Having layers allows you to decide what objects will appear above or behind other objects. But just glancing at the slide itself, you won't be able to tell which layer an object is on. Well, that's where the Selection and Visibility pane comes in handy.