PowerPoint Basics

Opening PowerPoint
Understanding the screen
Inserting slides

Adding and editing content

Inserting text
Inserting notes, headers and footers
Formatting text and lists

Working with design

Customizing background
Applying and creating templates
Design tips

Working with graphics

Downloading, inserting and editing images
Image Resources for Health & Life Sciences
Drawing and editing objects

Working with animation

Animating text and images
Slide transitions

Adding sound and video

Sounds, narration and music
Video requirements

Graphs and tables

Working with graphs
Importing and linking data from Excel to PowerPoint

PowerPoint online

Hyperlinks and action buttons
Putting up a presentation on the web

Printing and Presenting

Printing options
Running a slide show


PowerPoint DO's and DON'T's
Other PowerPoint websites
Workshop evaluation
(for on-site workshop participants only)


PowerPoint is presentation software that can be used to create slide shows for printing, on-screen projection, or Web-based display. This site is designed to help you with PowerPoint 2000 and 2002 (XP) by providing links to step-by-step instructions on how to perform many of PowerPoint's most popular functions.

Use the navigation menu on the left to browse through the various PowerPoint functions. If you are looking for something specific, make sure you check out the site index, which contains all topics covered in this site in alphabetical order.

You will probably find that there are PowerPoint features that are not covered in this site. This is because it is nearly impossible to list every single feature of any Microsoft program. We tried to cover the most popular features of the program, as well as some functions that may be particularly useful to health care professionals. If you cannot find what you are looking for in this site, please check the other PowerPoint sites section.

You may also find that you can do some things in a way different than the one described here. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as you are getting the desired results.

If you are using PowerPoint for Mac, you may find that some of the instructions on this site do not apply. A good source for PowerPoint instructions for Macintosh is the PowerPoint for Mac online tutorial of the Educational Technology Development Group at the University of Washington.


Happy PowerPoint Adventures!