PowerPoint 2010 – Part I Beginning Concepts

PowerPoint 2010 is Microsoft’s powerful slideshow creation software that allows you to produce polished presentations. This course provides an introduction to the main components of the PowerPoint 2010 interface.

This is a self-paced, online course presented in four modules with approximately four hours of content. The course includes access to course content and digital book library for one year.

 Benefits of taking a self-paced online course:

  • Self-paced course allows you to learn at your own speed
  • Online access to the course means you can learn from any computer, at work or home
  • Ability to instantly search and access a vast collection of books and other content from the world’s leading authorities
  • Course and materials library serves as a resource when needing information on PowerPoint 2010
  • Course content can be accessed for one full year

Who Should Attend

Individual and business users with basic computer literacy who want to learn about creating professional slideshow presentations.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Create professional-looking slideshow presentations
  • Incorporate graphics, themes, tables, charts, diagrams and SmartArt into presentations
  • Create photo albums and utilize the built-in screen capture tool
  • Add audio clips, video clips, animation and slide transitions

Course Outline/Topics

Course Module 1 – Getting Started with PowerPoint 2010

Get an introduction to the main components of the interface: opening and saving a presentation, working with slides, formatting text and text boxes, and using templates and themes to create professional-looking presentations.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Identify key elements of the PowerPoint 2010 interface
  • Change the view of a presentation
  • Open, save, and close a presentation
  • Open a template
  • Add and format text and text boxes
  • Manipulate and organize slides and save a presentation


Course Module 2 – Visually Enhancing PowerPoint 2010 Presentations

Adding simple enhancements through the use of graphics, themes, tables, charts and SmartArt allows you to create more engaging and interesting presentations. This course introduces the various themes and SmartArt features that allow you to add flair to your presentations with colors and shapes to emphasize text and data. Also covered, are the various ways of incorporating diagrams, tables and charts to create a professional and effective presentation.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Apply and modify a theme
  • Create and format SmartArt
  • Add WordArt to a slide and edit it
  • Add and format a table or chart


Course Module 3 – Adding Images to Presentations in PowerPoint 2010

Photographs, clip art and shapes can help to capture and keep the attention of your audience. This course will show you how to insert, format and apply special effects to your images for maximum impact. Learn how to create a photo album and how to use the new built-in screen capture tool that enables you to capture and embed screenshots of other programs into your slides.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Insert and format a picture
  • Find, insert and format clip art
  • Insert and edit a graphic image
  • Insert and format a shape
  • Apply special effects to an image
  • Create a photo album
  • Add hyperlinks to text and objects


Course Module 4 – Using Multimedia and Animations in PowerPoint 2010

Make presentations more dynamic by adding audio and video clips to any slide. Learn to directly insert, edit and play video in your presentation, and add audio clips to create attention-grabbing sound effects. New animation tools and slide transitions make slideshows more fluid and interesting. All of these features are discussed in this course.

Expected Duration (hours): 1.0

Lesson Objectives

  • Insert a video
  • Insert an audio clip and set playback options
  • Apply slide transitions
  • Apply animations and match animation styles with corresponding uses
  • Apply animations to multiple objects on a slide


Basic computer literacy.


This is an online, self-paced course. For convenience, students have access to the course for one year and may use it as a resource for continued learning.

Dates and locations to be announced.