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PowerPoint Beginner 2016 Course

(4.86 out of 5) 130 Student Reviews

About the Course

Designed for beginners, this one-day course takes learners through all the essentials of PowerPoint 2016 with useful shortcuts to streamline workflow. Learn how to create basic presentations with text, then enhance your PowerPoint show with themes and graphics elements designed using drawing tools, or using the SmartArt feature. Get your show moving with hyperlinks and transitions and then organise your show for presentation or printing. The course consists of hands-on exercises designed to impart real-world skills and knowledge by having participants work through relevant examples to creating PowerPoint presentations.

Who should do this course?

This introductory course is suitable for people who want to use PowerPoint 2016 to create and edit presentations. Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to build, print and publish presentations for a range of purposes.


No prior knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint is required; however, participants should have basic mouse and keyboard skills, and a general understanding of personal computers and Windows files and folders structure.

Course Details

Course Dates

  • Sydney Class Dates

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    Level 11, 32 Walker Street, North Sydney , NSW 2060

    27 Sep 18 Thu
    24 Oct 18 Wed
    19 Nov 18 Mon
    20 Dec 18 Thu
    14 Jan 19 Mon
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    11 Mar 19 Mon
  • Melbourne Class Dates

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    Level 12, 379 Collins Street, Melbourne , VIC 3000

    24 Sep 18 Mon
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    22 Nov 18 Thu
    17 Dec 18 Mon
    14 Jan 19 Mon
    14 Feb 19 Thu
    12 Mar 19 Tue
  • Brisbane Class Dates

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    Level 6, 371 Queen Street, Brisbane , QLD 4000

    04 Oct 18 Thu
    12 Nov 18 Mon
    10 Jan 19 Thu
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    16 May 19 Thu
    24 Jun 19 Mon
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    19 Young Street, Adelaide , SA 5000

    08 Oct 18 Mon
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    04 Apr 19 Thu
    13 May 19 Mon
    25 Jun 19 Tue
  • Canberra Class Dates

    Level 2, 10 Moore Street, Canberra , ACT 2601

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  • Perth Class Dates

    Level 1, 140 St Georges Terrace, Perth , WA 6000

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Course Units

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Unit 1: Getting to Know PowerPoint

  • Starting PowerPoint From the Desktop
  • Understanding the Start Screen
  • Creating a New Blank Presentation
  • The PowerPoint Screen
  • How Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Works
  • Using the Ribbon
  • Using Ribbon KeyTips
  • Showing and Collapsing the Ribbon
  • 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

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Unit 2: 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

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Unit 3: 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

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Unit 4: 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

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Unit 5: 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

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Unit 6: SmartArt

  • 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

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Unit 7: Shapes

  • 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 Smart Guides
  • Inserting and Formatting Text
  • Connecting Shapes
  • Grouping Shapes
  • Rotating Shapes

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Unit 8: 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

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Unit 9: Printing Your Presentation

  • Understanding Printing
  • Previewing Slides
  • Printing Slides
  • Printing Handouts
  • Printing Notes Pages
  • Printing the Outline

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Unit 10: Getting Help

  • Understanding How Help Works
  • Using Tell Me
  • Accessing the Help Window
  • Navigating the Help Window
  • Using Google to Get Help
  • Printing a Help Topic

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Unit 11: Brilliant Presentations

  • Planning a Presentation
  • Make It Readable
  • The Four Pillars of Great Design
  • Perfect Presentation Layouts
  • Presenting Polished Presentations
  • Presentation Methods and Hardware

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Course Reviews

(5.00 out of 5) kahli [ 20 August, 2018 ]
Jay was a great facilitator. She was very clear and patient. The pace of the course was appropriate. The content was really relevant and certainly filled my learning gaps. I am way more confident now and know that I will be way more efficient in my development of presentations when I return to the workplace.
(4.40 out of 5) Nicole I [ 30 July, 2018 ]
Interesting, enjoyed that it was interactive (could practice my own skills on the PC. Knew some of the stuff, learn't a few short cuts
(5.00 out of 5) MICHAEL H [ 16 July, 2018 ]
Extremely helpful for my current power point presentation for the TAE Certificate course I am doing.
(5.00 out of 5) Rebecca J [ 12 July, 2018 ]
Fantastic course with equally fantastic trainer. Wayne's method of training was easy to understand and was kept at an achievable pace. Thank you Wayne for a great day

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