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Digital Literacy: Microsoft Powerpoint



Powerpoint is a useful tool when putting together a presentation. When created the Powerpoint acts like a slideshow with each slide representing a portion of your presentation. Powerpoint offers a number of functions that allow for the creation of an interactive presentation including inserting video and audio. An online version of Powerpoint is available and is useful when working on a group presentation as you can share and edit the same document. (To gain access to the online version you need to have a Microsoft account set up, you can use your NUIG student email address and password to login to access this feature).

In this section we will give you some useful guides for using Powerpoint and links to some tutorials and guides available to help aid you in creating your presentation.

Powerpoint 2013 - Getting Started

If you have never before used Powerpoint and don't know where to begin Microsoft Office offers a number of training videos to get you started. See the following playlist:

Microsoft Powerpoint 2016 course

The above video is the first of many available. Here are the next couple in the series:


Creating & Opening Presentations

Saving Presentations

Slide Basics

Powerpoint - Tips & Tricks


When you initially open PowerPoint you are presented with a number of options for your presentation, including some built-in themes and templates. A theme is a slide design that contains matching colors, fonts, and special effects like shadows, reflections, and more. You can change the theme of your presentation at any point and this change will be reflected in the entire document. 

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Transparent Images

Occasionally you may want to insert an image into the background of a slide and may need to create some transparency so the text stands out more. 

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Animated Text

You can animate the text, pictures, shapes, tables, SmartArt graphics, and other objects in your PowerPoint presentation to give them visual effects, including entrances, exits, changes in size or color, and even movement.

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Action Buttons

Action buttons are built-in button shapes that you can add to your presentation, and then assign an action to occur when you click your mouse or when someone moves the mouse over the button. You can also assign actions to pictures, or to the text in a SmartArt graphic. For example you could have a button you click that plays an audio file or goes to the next slide. 

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Adding or rearranging slides

During the process of creating your presentation you may need to delete or rearrange your slides as the presentation evolves. 

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Useful Powerpoint Videos

This Ted X talk makes some great points about Powerpoint presentations and gives you a number of things you should avoid when creating your presentation so you retain the attention of your audience while also backing up your points. 

The below video is from a comedian about the pitfalls people suffer when creating their Powerpoint presentations. 

Dave Gorman - Googlewhack Adventure

Dave Gorman is a comedian who uses PowerPoint as part of his shows. When viewing this show (Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure) you can see how he utilises PowerPoint without it taking away from what he is talking about. If you watch the entire show you will find that you are drawn into the story and the PowerPoint slides are just part of that story and not a distraction.