The purpose of this course is to help you understand what PowerPoint 2007 can do for you, whether you are familiar with PowerPoint 2003 or new to the application altogether. One of the most noticeable changes is the new user interface called the Microsoft Office Fluent which allows for the creation of dynamic, professional presentations in a much shorter period of time than earlier versions of PowerPoint. The Fluent interface has all commands, toolbars and task panes categorized into tabs and related groups. For the purpose of this course, we will call the Fluent user interface the "ribbon."
In general, the Ribbon tabs are separated into three levels (see corresponding numbers in Figure 0.1):
- The general type of task (i.e., Home)
- Categories of sub-tasks (i.e., Slides)
- Specific commands (i.e., New Slide)
Figure 0.2 shows the Insert Tab, which displays PowerPoint 2007's larger, easier to read icons along with an overall view of the application's new look.
Among the many new options offered by PowerPoint 2007 are new themes and quick styles, custom slide layouts, Smart Art graphics, more advanced graphic effects for text, pictures, objects, charts, graphs and tables, more effective proofing tools, user-friendly collaboration and permission features, and much more. This course will walk you through PowerPoint 2007, beginning with the basics and lead you through to some of the most advanced features available, offering additional helpful tips and hints along the way.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Demonstrate understanding of the terminology and elements of presentations
Distinguish between the different options available for creating a presentation
Utilize the basics of a slide show including goals and effectiveness of a presentation
Create and manipulate text and text boxes using available tools and features
Employ the use of themes, styles and backgrounds
Create, format and make use of charts, graphs and tables
Insert, format and edit Smart Art, pictures and clipart
Incorporate sound, video and animation into a presentation
Create macro enabled presentations
Utilize the quick access toolbar and the slide master
Troubleshoot error messages and utilize both online and offline help files
Package and publish a presentation on the web and in other Office 2007 applications
This course is broken down into twelve lessons to take you through each of the tools that PowerPoint 2007 offers the user. Each lesson will cover learning goals and each goal is associated with one aspect of PowerPoint 2007. You will be able to confirm your knowledge and understanding through a series of mini quizzes at the end of each Lesson. Answers to the quiz are at the back of this course. We recommend that you practice with PowerPoint 2007 to gain the best understanding of each lesson.
Each lesson will also include hyperlinks for you to find further information online along with hot tips. As with all software, not everything runs smoothly all the time in PowerPoint 2007 and in each lesson we will also alert you to common errors or "pitfalls" to watch out for.
Before you begin:
If you are a current user of Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 or an earlier version, before you download 2007 we recommend you uninstall these programs. PowerPoint 2007 may not download properly if you are operating a previous version.
While this course is aimed at both beginners and advanced users, we take for granted that you already know how to turn your computer on, use your mouse and can understand in basic terms how to operate your computer.
All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class. In order to fully benefit from this course, though, you do need access to PowerPoint 2007.