Getting Started with Powerpoint

Powerpoint is the best-known presentation software available in the business world, and we'll look at how to get started creating attractive presentations for a pitch at a business meeting, a proposal to your organization's board of directors, a presentation for your town's planning commission, or a classroom lecture. We cover adding images, editing text, and using design templates in this program.

Below you will find links to online resources, free downloads of the handouts we use in our programs, and links to Amazon for books, software, and hardware where appropriate. Using these links to purchase these items benefits Upper Valley Digital and helps us to continue to provide the free information and handouts you can find here.

Online Resources

PowerPoint information: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/default.aspx

Microsoft Office learning resources: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/FX100565001033.aspx

Apple KeyNote: http://www.apple.com/iwork/keynote/

OpenOffice.org: http://www.openoffice.org

Program Handout

Getting Started with Powerpoint[pdf]


Before purchasing Powerpoint you might want to check to see that you don't already have a copy - it's often included in Microsoft Office program sets. I'm including a link to Apple iWork here in case you prefer a more Mac-centric presentation program (Keynote, included in iWork).


Sometimes the best reference is a book that you can peruse, mark up, read on the bus, etc. Here are some book references that cover a range of information, from beginner to expert. Some books are specific to a version of Powerpoint (and to Mac or PC versions) - be sure to select one that matches the software that you have.