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Create your first presentation

Simple slide show
Learn what you need to know to put together a Microsoft PowerPoint® presentation quickly and with little fuss.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and three practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Put text and pictures on slides.
  • Navigate in the PowerPoint window.
  • Apply a design template.
  • Arrange slide content by using layouts.
  • Print handouts and notes.
  • Prepare to give the show.

You've been asked to put together a presentation using PowerPoint, and you have no idea how to begin.

Get equipped with the skills to do the job. We're not talking fancy; the goal is to prepare you with the basics — how to put content on slides and get ready to present a show. The bells and whistles can come later.

To see what's covered in the course, read the goals and the rest of this page. Then roll up your sleeves and click Next to dive in.

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