You can tap the collective wisdom of other PowerPoint users by posing questions in discussion groups, reading PowerPoint blogs, or using any of the other community resources mentioned in this article.
For example, you can use discussion groups to access an online group of experienced PowerPoint users, including PowerPoint Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), who willingly share their time to answer questions and to provide solutions, tips, and expertise.
Visit the following sites to benefit from the experiences of others and to share your own experiences:
- PowerPoint discussion groupsLink — also known as "newsgroups" — are a quick and free way to get answers from other users and experts. You can also learn from the questions other users ask and the answers they get.
- Community templates are templates that are created and submitted by people like you. If you submit a PowerPoint template to Office Online, others can benefit from your expertise, and you can showcase your work. If you have a question about a template, you can turn to the template discussion group for the answer.
- PowerPoint MVPs are seasoned PowerPoint experts who can provide tips and ideas when you need to solve a technical problem. You can often find many MVPs in the PowerPoint discussion groups.
- MVPs.org is an independent Web site that is managed by MVPs. It lists a variety of useful links that are provided by individuals associated with the Microsoft MVP program.
- The PowerPoint FAQ lists frequently asked questions so that you can find answers fast. You will find PowerPoint Help, templates, tips, add-ins, how-tos, links, and much more.
- Professional Training Technologies is a professional organization that specializes in developing PowerPoint training programs and presentations.
- If you can't find what you need from other users, you can contact a customer support representative by e-mail, chat, or phone.
"I stumbled onto the PowerPoint discussion group a number of years ago. I can't imagine a better place to find answers to PowerPoint-specific questions. The level of expertise is amazing, and the sense of community awesome. Now, even as an expert contributor, I am always learning new and exciting things."
— Glen Millar, PowerPoint MVP