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Northstar Learning Guide: Module 8: Microsoft PowerPoint

This guide contains instructional materials designed to help learners build the basic computer skills defined by the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments.

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Module 8: Microsoft PowerPoint

The resources on this page will introduce you to the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint presentation creation. Using your Northstar assessment results page, locate the skills you need to improve in the left-hand column of the table. Then, follow the links in the right-hand column to access the corresponding online learning resources. Ask a librarian or your tutor/instructor if you have questions or need help.
Northstar Standard
Learning Resource
1. Open a new or existing PowerPoint 2010 presentation.

2. Identify parts of the PowerPoint Screen: slide navigation  pane, slide pane, notes, the ribbon, quick access toolbar, and scroll bars.

3. Insert new slides, duplicate, or reuse slides.
4. Manage text (insert, delete, copy, cut and paste, drag and drop, format, and use spellcheck).
5. Apply or change a theme.
6. Use zoom control.
7. Insert items into a presentation, resize, and adjust them (video, chart, pictures, clip art, screenshots).
8. Add a text box, adjust it, resize it, or delete it.
9. Change the view of slides (normal, slide sorter, reading view, slideshow view).
10. Insert, delete, and move slides using the slide navigation pane.
11. Use the quick access toolbar.
12. Apply and customize slide transitions (select, preview, add sound, automatic advance).
13. Understand the basics of PowerPoint etiquette (limited text, text that stands out on a background, clear titles).
14. Play a slideshow, advance through the slides, and end slideshow (using screen toolbar features).
15. Save a presentation as a .ppt, .pdf, .png, etc.
16. Create handouts.
17. Print a presentation.