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February 12, 2011

Quick Reference Cards for Office 2007 Apps and more

Here are Quick Reference Cards for 7 Office 2007 Applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, and Visio. Also incuded are quick references for Office 2007, Windows Vista, Windows XP, IE 7 and IE8. These references, or cheat sheets, are hosted by customguide, and are available from this google search. They are in pdf format.

Office 2007 Quick Reference Card

Word 2007 Quick Reference Card

Excel 2007 Quick Referenc Card

PowerPoint 2007 Quick Reference Card

Outlook 2007 Quick Reference Card

Access 2007 Quick Reference Card

Publisher 2007 Quick Reference Card

Visio 2007 Quick Reference Card

Windows Quick Reference Card

Windows XP Quick Referenc Card

Internet Explorer 7 Quick Reference Card

Internet Explorer 8 Quick Reference Card

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October 26, 2010

38 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials

Here are 38 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials, hosted by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. These tutorials provide a good understanding of how to use PowerPoint’s features, including creating slide masters, the formatting palette, bullets and numbering, printing, the presentation outline, using color, inserting and working with images and animations, design themes, chartart, web presentations, clipart, and using images, sounds, and movies. These PowerPoint tutorials are available for both Windows and Macintosh platforms.

PowerPoint Background Information

PowerPoint Basics
  • Basic PowerPoint Tasks (Win | Mac)
  • Making Your Presentation (Win | Mac)
  • Working with a Slide Master (Win | Mac)
  • Working with Text (Win | Mac)
  • The Formatting Palette (Mac)
  • Working with Bullets and Numbering (Win | Mac)
  • Printing Your Presentation (Win | Mac)
  • Viewing Your Presentation Outline (Win | Mac)
  • Working with Handouts (Win | Mac)

Working with Objects

Customizing PowerPoint
  • Customizing Slide Elements (Win | Mac)
  • Using the Slide Sorter View (Win | Mac)
  • Customizing a Master Slide (Win | Mac)
  • Working with Design Themes (Win | Mac)
  • Capturing Images, Sounds, and Movies (Win | Mac)
  • Using Sounds and Video (Win | Mac)

PowerPoint Diagrams

More PowerPoint Features

Viewing Online Presentations

Inserting Clip Art

Update Jan 5, 2011: This 30 minute video PowerPoint tutorial takes you through several important features of Powerpoint 2007. It focuses on custom animation, inserting Excel charts and graph, SmartArt, and other features. (length: 30 minutes)

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July 26, 2010

33 PowerPoint 2007 Training Tutorials

Here are 33 well written PowerPoint 2007 Training Tutorials, hosted by AgileConcepts. These free PowerPoint training materials are in Word (docx), PowerPoint (pptx), and Windows Media (wmv) file formats. They consist of 15 beginning and 18 intermediate tutorials, all of which will give you a great training opportunity for many important PowerPoint features. Some of these include using and working with: backgrounds, themes, importing slides, automatic formatting, templates, picutures, smartart graphics, tables, outlines, animation, presenation layouts, and music and sound. You can also use the search form to help you find what features and tasks you need to learn and use.

15 Beginning PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials:
(wmv) New Features in PowerPoint 2007
(pptx) What’s New in PowerPoint2007: the Ribbon and more
(pptx) Create your Presentation Slides
(docx) Adding Backgrounds to your Slide Presentation
(docx) Adjusting Indents or Tab Stops in Lists
(docx) Applying Themes in PowerPoint
(docx) Change Starting Slide Number in your Presentation
(docx) Importing and Adding Slides from other Presentations
(docx) Using Automatic Formatting as you type in PowerPoint.
(docx) Using Templates to Fomat your Presentations
(pptx) Insert, Crop, and Format Pictures into your Slide Show
(pptx) How to Apply Themes, Insert Pictures, and Arrance Slide Elements
(pptx) Proof, Print, and Prep your Slide Show
(pptx) Tips for Working in the new PowerPoint
(pptx) Working with the New File Format

18 Intermediate PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials:
(docx) Guide to Customizing and Changing the Look of PowerPoint Tables
(docx) How to Import Outlines into your Presentations from Word and other apps
(docx) Adding, Modifying, and Deleting Tables in PowerPoint Slides
(docx) Adding Tables to PowerPoint Slides
(docx) Moving and Resizing PowerPoint Tables
(docx) Using the Format Painter to Copy from one slide to another
(pptx) How to Style, Polish, and Update your Graphics
(docx) Saving and Reusing SmartArt Graphics
(docx) Use Pictures and SmartArt Graphics to your Presentation
(docx) Create and Use SmartArt Graphics
(pptx) Creating SmartArt Graphics: Edit Text and Shapes
(docx) When Should you Use SmartArt Graphics
(pptx) SmartArt Graphic Types
(wmv) Using Animation in your Slides to Gain Attention
(pptx) Build and Customomize your Presentation Layouts
(pptx) How Themes Word and How to Customize them
(pptx) Playing Music from a CD
(pptx) How to Insert and Play Sound Files

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May 11, 2010

PowerPoint 2007 Quick References, Flashcards, Practice Tests, and Learning Games

Here are 2 PowerPoint 2007 Quick References, along with PowerPoint 2007 Flashcards, Practice Tests with answers, and Learning Games. Each quick reference document lists PowerPoint tasks or features to be performed along with their corresponding commands or menu items using the Mouse, the Ribbon, the Shortcut Menu, and Keyboard Shortcuts. The first quick reference lists about 48 PowerPoint 2007 tasks, and the second one details out about 100 tasks.

 - PowerPoint 2007 Quick Reference 1  (4 pages, pdf format, 154kb)
 - PowerPoint 2007 Quick Reference 2  (7 pages, pdf format, 145kb)

Chapter 1:
Practice Test
Who Wants to be a Computer Genius2?
Wheel of Terms
Crossword Puzzle Challenge

Chapter 2:
Practice Test
Who Wants to be a Computer Genius2?
Wheel of Terms
Crossword Puzzle Challenge

Chapter 3:
Practice Test
Who Wants to be a Computer Genius2?
Wheel of Terms
Crossword Puzzle Challenge

Chapter 4:
Practice Test
Who Wants to be a Computer Genius2?
Wheel of Terms
Crossword Puzzle Challenge

Chapter 5:
Practice Test
Who Wants to be a Computer Genius2?
Wheel of Terms
Crossword Puzzle Challenge

Chapter 6:
Practice Test
Who Wants to be a Computer Genius2?
Wheel of Terms
Crossword Puzzle Challenge

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March 3, 2010

7 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials

Here are 7 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials, at the University of the Incarnate Word’s tutorials page. These Powerpoint tutorials are excellent and well written and include the latest features of PowerPoint 2007. They can be used to enhance your presentation making skills by using features like images, audio and video. A comparison between PowerPoint 2003 and 2007 is also illustrated in these tutorials. The documents essential to complete the exercises for the tutorials can be downloaded (zip, 14mb).

PowerPoint 2007
You will be learning the basics of PowerPoint 2007 in this Powerpoint tutorial, which is as a PowerPoint presentation.

Everything PowerPoint 2007
In this tutorial, you will learn about all the fundamental features and functionality that you need to know about PowerPoint 2007.

PowerPoint Not PowerPointless 2007
Here you will learn about the 12 points that you need to know for making effective PowerPoint presentations.

Video Sound Animation Game
An illustration on playing with video and sound animation is given in this tutorial.

Add Images, Audio, and Video
You will learn more on how to add images, audio and video in a PowerPoint presentation.

Creating Posters
The concept of creating posters in a PowerPoint presentation is explained here.

PowerPoint 2003 & 2007
This tutorial describes the differences between PowerPoint 2003 and 2007 by comparing the menus and toolbars in PowerPoint 2003 with the MS Office button and ribbon in 2007.

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January 14, 2010

4 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials

Here are 4 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials, located at Orbit Computer Solutions. These Powerpoint tutorials will teach you how to create attractive slideshow presentations using PowerPoint. With the help of these Powerpoint tutorials, you will learn how to use this application to create well thought-out presentations.

Getting Started With PowerPoint 2007
In this section you will be introduced to the world of MS PowerPoint 2007.
 - PowerPoint Overview  
 - The Ribbon  
 - Microsoft Office Button  
 - Navigation

How To Create A New Presentation
This section of the tutorial explains how to create a new presentation in PowerPoint. Also topics like saving a presentation, adding slides to the presentation, creating duplicate slides, working with themes are covered here.
 - How To Create A New Presentation From A Template  
 - How To Create A New Presentation From Existing Presentation  
 - How To Create A New Presentation From A Word Outline  
 - How To Save A Presentation  
 - How To Add Slides  
 - How To Create A Duplicate Slide  
 - How To Create A New Slide From Existing Presentation  
 - Working With Themes  
 - How To Apply Colors To Themes  
 - How To Change Theme Background

Working With Content In A Presentation  
This section deals with how to work with content in a PowerPoint presentation. The topics covered include entering text, adding textboxes, selecting text and using the spell check tool.

 - How To Enter Text In A Presentation  
 - How To Add A Textbox  
 - How To Highlight Or Select Text  
 - How To Copy And Paste  
 - How To Cut And Paste  
 - How To Undo And Redo Changes  
 - How To Use Spell Check

Formatting Text  
Here you will be learning how to format text in MS PowerPoint.

 - How To Change Font Typeface And Size  
 - How To Change Font Size  
 - How To Use Bold, Italics And Underline  
 - How To Change Text Color  
 - How To Insert Word Art Into A Presentation  
 - How To Modify Styles In Word Arts  
 - Paragraph Alignment  
 - How To Change Your Paragraph Alignment  
 - How To Indent Your Paragraph  
 - How To Change Text Direction

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November 3, 2009

Excellent PowerPoint Tutorials

These excellent PowerPoint Tutorials and Handouts at Health Science Center Training, University of Florida, discuss and teach many of the important features of PowerPoint 2003 and PowerPoint 2007. Microsoft PowerPoint is a very popular presentation program for the Mac and Windows. These PowerPoint tutorials explain the basics of PowerPoint, followed by PowerPoint formats, animation, and charts and graphs. They can be downloaded and saved for later reference.

PowerPoint 2003 Basics 1.75 Mb
This tutorial provides an in-depth coverage of the basics of PowerPoint 2003 with screenshots.
PowerPoint 2003  Formats  59 Kb
This tutorial discusses the various formats that PowerPoint uses when saving presentation documents.
PowerPoint 2003_Animation  818 Kb
This tutorial imparts knowledge about the various animation effects that are available to users in PowerPoint
PowerPoint 2003_Charts and graphs 842.5 Kb
This tutorial explains how charts and graphs are used with related data for creating an effective presentation.

 - PowerPoint 2003 Animation-Handout  242 Kb  
 - PowerPoint 2003_Animations_Exercise  2. 5 Mb  
 - PowerPoint 2003_ChartsnGraphs 1.36 Mb  
 - PowerPoint 2003_Images 1.93 Mb  
 - PowerPoint 2003_Images 5.12 Mb      
 - PowerPoint 2003_Webify 1.18 Mb
 - PowerPoint 2003_Webify_Comparison 61.5 Kb  
 - PowerPoint 2003_Preliminary Findings 3.67 Mb  
 - PowerPoint 2003_Preliminary Findings_done 3.8 Mb    
 - Animation 903 Kb  
 - More Animations 1.6 Mb  
 - Cheltenham Tables & Charts 240 Kb  
 - Creating a Poster  Using PowerPoint 2007 2.9 Mb  
 - Custom Animations.ppt 69.5 Kb
 - Inserting Clip Art into PowerPoint 253 Kb  
 - Creating a Logo 7 Mb  
 - PowerPoint 2003 2.6 Mb  
 - Posters Presentation 5.1 Mb  
 - PowerPoint 2003 Basics Addendum 447 Kb    
 - PowerPoint Basics 879 Kb
 - PowerPoint Basics Old 802 Kb  
 - PowerPoint Posters 487 Kb  
 - PowerPoint-Charts-and-Graphs 202 Kb  
 - PowerPoint-Level-2 846 Kb  
 - PowerPoint-Webify 1.2 Mb  
 - PowerPoint 2003_Charts and Graphs 470 kb   
 - PowerPoint_2003 1003 Kb  
 - PowerPoint 2003 Basics 1.8 Mb
 - PowerPoint Outline 34 Kb  
 - Powerpoint Basics Addendum 815 Kb
 - Presentation Ideas 1.33 Mb     
 - Presentation Template 2.85 Mb  
 - Powerpoint 2003 Animations 834 Kb
 - Presenting  Report  Information  MA 927 Kb
 - Sample Poster 947 Kb
 - Templates Presentation 1.4 Mb  
 - Webify Addendum 117 Kb  
 - Webify Format Comparison 26.5 Kb  
 - Webify 1.18 Mb

 - PowerPoint 2007_Charts and Graphs  875 kb  
 - PowerPoint 2007 Making Templates 3.2 MB
 - 2007_PowerPoint-Animation-Handout 637 Kb
 - 2007_PowerPoint_Charts and Graphs 1.2 Mb  
 - 2007_PowerPoint_Images 2 Mb  
 - 2007_PowerPoint_Images 2.3 Mb
 - 2007_PowerPoint_Images 4.1 Mb
 - 2007_PowerPoint_Images_DRAFT 5.8 Mb
 - 2007_PowerPoint  Basics  (doc) 5.7  Mb  
 - 2007_PowerPoint  Basics (pdf) 1.6 Mb
 - PowerPoint 2007 2.7 Mb
 - PowerPoint Basics 2007 3.3 Mb
 - PowerPoint Basics 2007 956 Kb

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August 27, 2009

2 Powerpoint 2007 Tutorials

Here are two excellent Powerpoint 2007 Course Workbook Tutorials, at University of Minnesota, teach you how to work with graphics, themes, slidesshows, how to use audio and video in presentations, and the use of XML in PowerPoint, that all combine together to make effective presentation in PowerPoint. These Powerpoint tutorials are downloadable in pdf format and can be used for later reference.

PowerPoint 2007 Tutorial: Basic Presentations  (2.82 Mb, 66 pages)
This Powerpoint course workbook tutorial discusses basic presentations, the themes used in them, graphics, and handouts and notes. It incudes appendixes with resources and cursors.

 - LESSON 4 -

PowerPoint 2007: Enriching Your Presentations  (3.28 Mb, 82 pages)
This Powerpoint course workbook tutorial provides you with information on creating custom themes, along with using animation, audio, and videos in presentations to enrich them.


Class Files (.zip)
This section contains downloadable zip files for the two PowerPoint tutorials above, and can be used for creating presentations.

 - PowerPoint 2007: Basic Presentations
 - PowerPoint 2007: Enriching Your Presentations

PowerPoint 2007: Treasure Hunt 340.08 Kb, 2 Pages
This is a 2 page pdf document that discusses most of the features that users should have learned so far and this is done using a clue for each feature of PowerPoint.

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July 25, 2009

2 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials

Here are 2 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials at the University of South Dakota. These PowerPoint tutorials will teach you how to create attractive slideshow presentations using PowerPoint 2007. With the help of PowerPoint you can create dynamic and high-impact presentations. The first tutorial helps you plan and build a presentation and the second one shows you how to add charts and record narration.

PowerPoint Tutorial 1: Planning and Building Your Presentation 732K 15 Pages
This section of the tutorial gives you tips on how to properly plan and build your slideshow presentation. This will let you know the general PowerPoint environment, themes, adding bells and whistles, printing presentation handouts etc.

 - Planning Your Presentation
 - Get to Know the PowerPoint Environment
 - Switching Views and Navigating a Presentation
 - Building Your Presentation
 - Themes
 - Adding Bells and Whistles
 - Printing Presentation Handouts

PowerPoint Tutorial 2: Add Charts and Record Narration 571K 12 Pages
This section introduces you to adding charts and record narration to a presentation. The topic explanations are well supported by ample screen shots on the topics being covered.

 - Introduction
 - Adding Charts to your Slides
 - Add Narration to a Presentation
 - Set the Slide Timings Manually

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July 18, 2009

PowerPoint 2007 Interactive Guide

Here is Microsoft’s PowerPoint 2007 Interactive Guide at Microsoft Office Online. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial is in the form of an interactive presentation and allows users to create their own presentations as they would with a real PowerPoint 2007 application. Users can add animation, slides, pictures, audio and video to their slides. This PowerPoint 2007 interactive guide acts as a primer for those who would start working with PowerPoint 2007 in future. For a complete searchable list of command equivalents, download the PowerPoint ribbon mapping workbook in Excel format. This workbook lists the locations of PowerPoint 2003 commands in PowerPoint 2007. This workbook is highly rated by those who have used it, and can be used as a quick reference guide for while working with PowerPoint 2007. This PowerPoint 2007 tutorial guide can also download from here.

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June 24, 2009

14 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials

Here are 14 excellent PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials at Microsoft Office Online that are in the form of Webcasts, Podcasts and video tips. PowerPoint is presentation program developed by Microsoft and is bundled with the Microsoft Office suite of desktop applications. These PowerPoint tutorials show users how to quickly create presentations with graphics, tips and trick in PowerPoint 2007, accessing Office XML documents and the new and improved features of PowerPoint 2007.

PowerPoint Webcasts:
The webcasts provided below are recorded as live events by Microsoft Office experts and explain how to create presentations in PowerPoint and its tips and tricks. These tips and trick, while many in number, are explained in a manner that is simple and easy to understand.

- How to create a 15-minute presentation (with graphics) in one hour
- Top 10 Tips for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
- Tips & Tricks to Start Strong in Every PowerPoint Presentation
- Advanced Tips and Tricks: Breaking Into Your Office Open XML Format Documents (Level 300)
- Advanced Tips and Tricks: Using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Every Day Is Easier Than You Think (Level 300)
- Advanced Tips and Tricks: What You Can Really Do with Your Documents Across the 2007 Office Release (Level 300)

Video tips:
These PowerPoint video tips discuss the new and improved features in PowerPoint 2007 and how to apply them in your own presentations.

- Experts show off step-by-step instructions covering the spectrum of the 2007 Office system. Often, you see Applying New and Improved Features to a 256k | 750k
- Quick Tips for PowerPoint 2007 256k | 750k

These podcasts are the audio-only version of the recorded webcasts and show users how to create a presentation in 15 minutes along with sharing a PowerPoint presentation’s contents with other users.

- How to Create a 15-Minute Presentation (with Graphics!) in One Hour
- Top 10 Tips for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
- Sharing PowerPoint 2007 Slide Content

These five minute webcasts focuses on quick tips and tricks in PowerPoint and how to get the most of out of PowerPoint 2007. These Mini-webcasts can be downloaded to your computer for offline viewing.

- 5-Minute PowerPoint Webcast
- PowerPoint Side By Side: What’s New & Different
- Quick Tips for Getting the Most Out of PowerPoint 2007

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May 12, 2009

9 PowerPoint Tutorials

Here are 9 good PowerPoint Tutorials from that discuss various PowerPoint features and how you can use them to make effective presentations. PowerPoint is a presentation creation application and is part of Microsoft’s Office suite of applications. These PowerPoint tutorials teach many PowerPoint’s features, from the basics to more advanced topics such as working with text, colors, and graphics, printing, and solving PowerPoint issues. The first tutorial shows you some of the new features of PowerPoint 2007, but the remainder can also be used for the older versions.

Introducing PowerPoint 2007
This tutorial introduces PowerPoint with a quick tour of its interface and other features.
 - Introducing PowerPoint 2007
 - A Whirlwind Tour of PowerPoint

Getting Started with PowerPoint
This Powerpoint tutorial contains a more detailed introduction to PowerPoint and its interface, giving a detailed description of the files, the presentations and shortcut commands one should know.

 - Starting PowerPoint
 - Creating a New Presentation
 - Swapping one Template for Another
 - Saving Your Presentation Files
 - Opening and Closing Presentations
 - Entering the Document Properties
 - Understanding the New PowerPoint XML Format
 - Shortcut Commands Worth Knowing

Additional New Features in PowerPoint
This Powerpoint tutorial explains the new features in PowerPoint such as custom layouts, diagrams ad new text effects. It also discusses how a presentation can be packaged for CD distribution.
 - Creating and Saving Custom Layouts
 - Converting Lists to Diagrams in Two Clicks
 - Creating and Saving New Text Effects
 - Packaging for CD

Creating a Basic Presentation
This Powerpoint tutorial explains the components that make up a presentation and how various slides constitute to making a presentation. It also discusses the addition of notes and the creation of handouts.

 - Beginning a New Presentation
 - Creating a Presentation from an Existing Template, Theme, or Presentation
 - Form an Existing Built in Theme
 - Choosing a Theme for your Presentation
 - Adding Text
 - Adding More Slide
 - Moving Around Inside a Presentation
 - Adding Speaker Notes
 - Creating and Printing Handouts
 - Saving and Closing a Presentation
 - PowerPoint 2007 File Types
 - Running a Presentation

How to Edit PowerPoint Slides
This Powerpoint tutorial discusses the editing of various components of a slide, such as text, fonts, spelling and even the addition of special characters.

 - Editing Text
 - Reversing an Action (Undo)
 - Finding and Replacing Text Automatically
 - Replacing Fonts
 - Checking Spelling
 - Adding Special Characters

Adding Color and Pictures to a Presentation
The application of a theme, a graphic or a new background, sounds and video clips are discussed in detail here.

 - Applying Theme
 - Adding Graphics to a Slide
 - Changing the Background
 - Adding Sound to a Slide
 - Adding Movies to a Slide

Working with Text
The use of a text box, finding and replacing words, using notes on slides, headers and footers, using the spell checker and translating foreign language text are discussed in detail here.

 - Adding a Text Box to a Slide
 - Finding and Replacing Words or Phrases
 - Writing on Slides During Presentation
 - Creating and Saving Customized Theme Fonts
 - Adding Punch to Your Bulleted Lists
 - Using Headers and Footers
 - Formatting with WordArt
 - Correcting Your Spelling Errors
 - Fine Tuning the Spell Checker
 - Working with Text Written in Foreign Language
 - Translating Foreign Language Text
 - Key Points

Entering the Text in PowerPoint Slides
This tutorial discuss text entry, controlling how text fits in text frames, creating numbered or bulleted lists and putting footers on slides.

 - Entering Text
 - Fun with Text Boxes and Text Box Shapes
 - Controlling How Text Fits in Text Frames and Text Boxes
 - Positioning Text in Frames and Text Boxes
 - Handling Bulleted and Numbered Lists
 - Putting Footers (and Headers) or Slides

Some Solutions to PowerPoint Problems
This tutorial discuss some of the very common problems in PowerPoint, namely how does a newer version of PowerPoint work with an older version, printing in PowerPoint and some of the solutions to these problems.

 - Where is PowerPoint?
 - Coexisting with Older PowerPoint Versions
 - Heading Off Linking Problems
 - Prepress Printing and PowerPoint
 - Section 508 and PowerPoint
 - Common PowerPoint Problems and Solutions

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January 1, 2008

4 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials

Here are 4 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials that show you how to perform several important PowerPoint tasks, including: using PowerPoint’s new interface, customizing PowerPoint’s options, using proofing tools, using AutoCorrect, linking to websites, adding Action Buttons, and inserting multi-media, such as Smart Art, Word Art, sounds, and movies. These PowerPoint tutorials are in pdf format.

The New Interface in PowerPoint 2007

  • Design a Presentation
  • Navigate the Ribbon
  • Quick Access Toolbar
  • Slide Layouts
  • Themes
  • Create Custom Themes
  • Use Colour
  • Insert & Use Text boxes
  • Print and Save
  • Save in another version

Customize PowerPoint
  • Customise PowerPoint Options
  • Customise Advanced options
  • Customise mini‐toolbar
  • Add a Password to documents
  • Use Proofing Tools
  • Use AutoCorrect Features

Linking in PowerPoint 2007
  • Save your Presentation for the web
  • Send your Presentation via email
  • Add External and Internal Hyperlinks
  • Add Action Buttons

Inserting Multi-Media in PowerPoint 2007
  • Insert a Picture
  • Add Effects to Pictures
  • Insert a Photo Album
  • Add transitions to Slides
  • Insert Smart Art
  • Add Effects to Smart Art
  • Use Word Art
  • Use Quick Styles
  • Insert a Sound
  • Insert a Movie
  • Add Animations to Clip Art

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August 27, 2007

Free Training for PowerPoint 2007

Here are Four Free Training Resources for Learning How to Use PowerPoint 2007. The first one is an online course that will help you learn how to use the new Office 2007 Ribbon, do typical tasks to create a presentation, use the interactive galleries, and use the new XML file format. The second one is a tutorial article that helps you understand how to use the new user interface and find familiar features in PowerPoint 2007. The third one is a Powerpoint 2007 tutorial that shows you how to create and use the new presentation templates. The fourth a spreadsheet that maps all PowerPoint 2003 menu and toobar items to PowerPoint 2007′s ribbon interface.

1) Free PowerPoint 2007 Online Course: Up to Speed with PowerPoint 2007

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Approach the new user interface with confidence and an understanding of how it works.
  • Do the things you typically do to create and prepare a presentation.
  • Use the new file format in PowerPoint in the way that’s best for you.
This course includes:
  • Three self-paced lessons and two practice sessions for hands-on experience. Practices require PowerPoint 2007.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.
PowerPoint 2007 Course Contents:

Get your Bearings: What’s Changed and Why
Get to Work in PowerPoint
A New File Format
Quick Reference Card

2) Reference: Locations of PowerPoint 2003 Commands in PowerPoint 2007

Learn about the elements of the new Microsoft Office Fluent user interface in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007. This also shows you PowerPoint 2003 commands that perform the same tasks in PowerPoint 2007.

3) PowerPoint 2007: Get Started with New Templates

This tutorial presents some of the improvements in PowerPoint 2007, and specifically takes you through creating and using New Templates, SmartArt, New Layouts, and Charts.

Pages 2 and 3:
  1. PowerPoint 2007: Get Started with New Templates
  2. SmartArt, New Layouts and Charts, and More

4) PowerPoint 2007 Ribbon Mapping Workbook

This spreadsheet maps all of the menu and toolbar features and options in PowerPoint 2003 to the equivalent in PowerPoint 2007 for each of the following:
  • File menu
  • Edit menu
  • View menu
  • Insert menu
  • Format menu
  • Tools menu
  • Slide Show menu
  • Window menu
  • Help menu
  • Standard toolbar
  • Formatting toolbar
  • Picture toolbar
  • Reviewing toolbar
  • Web toolbar
  • Organization Chart toolbar
  • Slide Master View toolbar
  • Diagram toolbar
  • Drawing toolbar
  • Tables and Borders toolbar
  • 3-D Settings toolbar
  • Print Preview toolbar
  • WordArt toolbar
  • Drawing Canvas toolbar
  • Shadow Settings toolbar
  • Control Toolbox toolbar
  • Visual Basic toolbar
  • Outlining toolbar
  • Slide Sorter
  • Handout Master View
  • Grayscale View
  • Ink Drawing and Writing
  • Ink Annotations
  • Rehearsal
  • System
  • Online Meeting

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April 30, 2007

Free PowerPoint 2007 Course from Dell

Here is What’s New in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, a free online PowerPoint course from Dell which will assist you in becoming more productive using PowerPoint 2007. This free PowerPoint course takes you through many of the important features you need to understand and know so you can use PowerPoint more effectively, including the new Office user interface and application navigation. To start the free PowerPoint 2007 course on Dell’s web page, click on the “Launch Your Free Course Now!” link or the course’s title. (Your pop-up blocker must be disabled and free registration is required.) Below is the outline of the course’s modules.

PowerPoint 2007 Course Overview: Modules & Lessons:

  • Navigation Overview   
  • What’s New in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
    • Getting Started
    • Lesson Introduction   
    • Exploring the New Interface   
    • Tasks and Tabs   
    • Self Test   
  • Creating Presentations 
    • How to Create Custom Layouts   
    • Powerful Diagrams   
    • How to Insert Tables and Charts   
    • Contextual Menu for Tables and Charts   
    • Self Test   
  • Enhancing Presentations
    • Themes   
    • Effects   
    • New Presentation Options   
    • Self Test   
  • Sharing Presentations
    • What are PowerPoint Slide Libraries?   
    • How to Insert Slides from a PowerPoint Slide Library   
    • Publishing Presentations to a PowerPoint Slide Library   
    • Review and Approval Workflows   
    • How to Finalize Presentations   
    • Selecting Appropriate Finalizing Methods   
    • Self Test   
  • Module Summary   
  • Glossary
  • Next Steps

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