Learning roadmap for PowerPoint 2011
Follow this roadmap of training and Help topics to learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011 in a systematic, step-by-step approach.
1. Become familiar with PowerPoint
Whether you’re new to PowerPoint for Mac 2011 or need a refresher, this video provides an overview of essential concepts to help you become productive quickly.
This step-by-step tutorial covers the same concepts as in the PowerPoint basics video, only using text and images.
Get familiar with the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 ribbon, which combines the Formatting Palette and Elements Gallery from previous versions of Office, giving you quick and convenient access to the features and tools that you use the most.
2. Design a presentation
Understand the differences among common PowerPoint for Mac 2011 design elements such as slide masters, layouts, and themes.
Learn how to find templates for presentations, content slides, calendars, and more by using the PowerPoint Presentation Gallery.
Apply and customize a theme, which is a coordinated set of fonts, colors, and visual effects.
Create or change a slide layout to define how content appears on a slide.
Apply or change a slide background, independent of the slide theme.
3. Add and format pictures, layers, and other objects
Add a picture or clip art to a presentation from the Media Browser and other locations.
Watch this short overview on how to edit photos directly in a presentation.
Apply creative effects such as predefined picture styles and reflections to give pictures an interesting look.
Watch this short overview on how to use the Dynamic Reordering tool to arrange slide objects and layers.
Quickly transform a basic bulleted list into a descriptive information graphic.
4. Add actions, sounds, and movies to a presentation
Apply transitions, such as dissolves and fades, between your slides.
Change the way that text and objects appear and exit from a slide.
Add sounds and control how they are played on one or multiple slides.
Record a presentation so that narration is included when you present.
Embed or link to a movie that you want to play in a presentation.
5. Collaborate, save, and share
Watch this short overview on how to collaborate on presentations that are saved on Windows Live SkyDrive or SharePoint.
Save a presentation to SkyDrive or SharePoint so that you can share your presentation with team members.
Save a presentation as a QuickTime movie so that computers that don't have PowerPoint installed can view your presentation.
Set up a presentation so that it can run unattended on computers that don't have PowerPoint installed.
Learn about the different formats in which you can share a presentation, template, or slide show with other PowerPoint users.
6. Prepare and present
Record how long you spend on each slide, and then use those timings to advance slides automatically.
Print materials, such as handouts and notes, for an audience.
Watch this short overview on how to use presenter view to rehearse and deliver a great presentation.
Learn how to use an Apple Remote to advance through slides.
Watch this short overview on how to broadcast a presentation to a remote audience.
7. Explore other useful resources
Use this visual, interactive guide to find where PowerPoint 2008 commands are located in PowerPoint 2011.
See the full list of keyboard shortcuts, organized into logical categories.
Rearrange, show, and hide tabs on the ribbon.
See a list of known issues as well as potential workarounds.