PowerPoint 2013 videos and tutorials


Apply and change a theme

You created slides for your presentation, and now you’re thinking about slide design: the background design, font styles, colors, and layouts. You want the slides to have a bit more visual pop. How do you get that? With themes. Themes provide a complete slide design for your presentation.

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Apply transitions between slides

Slide transitions are the effects that occur when you move from one slide to the next during an on-screen presentation. Here’s how to work with them.

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Create speaker notes

Speaker notes help you remember what to say when you present. Print them, or use Presenter view to see your notes, while the audience sees only your slides.

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Create your first PowerPoint 2013 presentation

Watch these videos to learn how to use PowerPoint 2013. Get started with the new version to see how to do everyday tasks.

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Highlight text and change fonts

Highlight text, user your mouse as a laser pointer when presenting, and change fonts in part or all of your PowerPoint 2013 presentation.

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Print slides, notes, or handouts

You’ve finished creating your presentation, and now you want to print handouts for your audience. PowerPoint gives you several choices: you can print full page slides, multiple slides per page, or slides with your presenter notes or room for the audience to take notes next to the slides. If you want richer formatting, you can use Word to edit content, apply styles, and then print.

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Use Presenter view

Watch these videos to learn how to use Presenter view in PowerPoint 2013 to separate what you see from what your audience sees.

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Backgrounds in PowerPoint

These videos show you how to add color, textures, pictures, or remove them from a PowerPoint slide or deck. We’ll show how to customize your colors and some design tips so the background doesn’t overwhelm your presentation. Also, a bit about Master Slides that may help your add or remove a watermark or logo.

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Crop a picture to fit a shape

Use the crop tools in PowerPoint to trim and remove unwanted portions of pictures, or to crop a picture to fit a shape.

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Group shapes or pictures

Group shapes when you have multiple shapes that you want to treat as a unit. When you’re working with multiple pictures, group them to make it easier to position and format them. If you have grouped shapes or pictures and need to change or rearrange items in the group, it’s sometimes easiest to ungroup items and then regroup. This course will show you how to do all of these things, and more.

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Make the switch to PowerPoint 2013

Watch these videos to make the switch to PowerPoint 2013. Get started with the new version to see how to do everyday tasks.

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Webinar: Paper handouts for PowerPoint

Do you print your PowerPoint slides to hand out afterward? We’ll show you how to do it, and our guest, author and presentation expert Rick Altman, explains how you can avoid “handout hell,” where neither the slides nor the handouts are effective.

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Webinar: Using video in PowerPoint

We show you how to embed and play videos in your PowerPoint presentations and in the free PowerPoint Online.

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Webinar: Ways to avoid rebuilding PowerPoints over and over

You’ve got a meeting coming up where several team members will be presenting. So how do you jumble and juggle multiple PowerPoint presentations without reinventing wheels, losing pieces or looking unprofessional? We’ll look at a few ways to make a new presentation out of slides you already have, and see how you can take the same slide deck to several meetings and give customized, unique presentations at each one.

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Webinar: 5 steps to a better PowerPoint

Do you know the best way to begin with PowerPoint? Do you think about where to sit in a meeting room? We’ll show these are other simple steps to make your next presentation do more with less sweat in this webinar.

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Working with watermarks

It's known as a watermark — some sort of background image that can appear throughout a PowerPoint presentation. Like a company logo, for example. Use watermarks for identification or branding, for security or legal purposes, or simply as a design or decorative element.

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Work with handout masters

When you want to print handouts in PowerPoint, you can choose most of the handout settings in Print view. But for a few handout settings, you need to change the handout master, a page that contains the master layout and properties for handouts.

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Add a sound effect to a transition

Add sound effects to transitions (visual effects when moving between slides) in your presentation. Set them to start and stop when you want them to, and more.

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Add bullets to text

Format your text as bullets; change font size, line spacing, and indentation; and change list formatting on the slide master to change all of your slides at once.

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Add headers and footers to a presentation

When we talk about headers and footers in a presentation, we mean the small details near the top or bottom of your slides. Like the slide number, a text footer, and the date. Headers and footers appear in various positions, depending on the theme and slide layout. You choose which headers and footers to show and what the text footer says. Take this course to learn how to add and customize them.

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Add sound effects to an animation

Add sound effects to your presentation in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013. Set them to start and stop when you want them to, and add multiple sounds to animations.

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Animate pictures, clip art, text, and other objects

You can animate just about anything in PowerPoint 2013. It's easy to do. Animate text, pictures, charts, shapes, and more. And you can create some pretty amazing presentations with lots of motion path animations.

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Create a flow chart

Create a flow chart in PowerPoint 2013 to illustrate sequential steps in a process, and choose from a variety of layouts and options. Take this short course to learn more.

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Create an org chart

Add an org chart to your slide. Take this short course to learn how.

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Create a template from a presentation

You want to use your presentation as a template, or master, that you and others can update and change as necessary. You’d keep the formatting and text you always want in the presentation, and where new content needs to be added, you could use placeholder text as a guideline for authors. You could include formatting, too, such as the frame style on a picture placeholder, to save other authors’ time and help ensure consistency. Just save your presentation as a template to do all this and more.

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Design motion paths

A motion path is an animation effect that moves an item, like a picture, on a line that you specify in PowerPoint 2013. Take this course to learn how to create them.

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Insert a bar chart

Quickly add a bar chart to your presentation, and see how to arrange the data to get the result you want. Customize chart elements, apply a chart style and colors, and insert a linked Excel chart.

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Insert a line chart

Quickly add a line chart to your presentation, and see how to arrange the data to get the result you want. Customize chart elements, apply a chart style and colors, and insert a linked Excel chart.

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Insert a pie chart

Quickly add a pie chart to your presentation, and see how to arrange the data to get the result you want. Customize chart elements, apply a chart style and colors, and insert a linked Excel chart.

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Insert a video from your PC

You have a video file on your computer that you want to play in your presentation. This short course will show you how to insert it and select play settings. You'll also see how to trim the video for length, add opening and closing fades, and format it with a poster frame. And if there’s a video on YouTube that you want to play in your presentation, we'll show you how to do that, too.

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Insert music and time it to your slides

If you want to play music in the background of a slide show and time the slides to fit the music, this course is for you. You'll learn how to make your presentation file smaller and more manageable for sharing, trim a music clip so it fits the length of the slide show, add a fadeout to give a clip a more natural ending, and play a clip for only a particular section of your slides.

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Rehearse timings for a slide show

Use slide timing to record the time that you present each slide, then use the recorded times to advance the slides automatically when you present to your audience.

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Trigger an animation effect

You can trigger an animation effect to begin playing at the start of, or sometime during, an audio or video clip. You can also trigger an animation effect to start when you click the shape or other object that has the animation applied.

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Use slide masters to customize a presentation

Slide masters are designed to help you create great looking presentations in less time, without a lot of effort. When you want all your slides to contain the same fonts and images (such as logos), make those changes to the slide master.

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Webinar: Using animation in PowerPoint (without being dorky)

Animations can help drive a point home, but if you’re not careful, they also can seem so silly your audience will feel like 6-year-olds. Learn how to use animations and do it smartly in this webinar.

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Check out training courses for the rest of the Office 2013 programs.

Applies To: PowerPoint 2013

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