Introduction To MS PowerPoint – Part 1 (Versions 2007, 2010, 2013 And 2016)

There are many cases where one may need an electronic aid especially those that address the public from time to time. For example, inspirational speakers, lecturers, advertisers and even students especially those in higher institutions. MS-PowerPoint has all that it takes to help you drive your points without much stress.
introduction to microsoft powerpoint presentation 2016
Throughout this tutorial, I will be using MS-PowerPoint 2013 to illustrate. My reason for choosing this version is that it has similar features with the previous versions like MS-PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and also with later versions like version 2016. Nevertheless, I will still point out some of the noticeable differences in the previous and later versions as we move along.
This is a full course tutorial which covers all the aspects of Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. It has three parts and this is the part one of this tutorial.


This tutorial assumes that you don’t have any knowledge of graphical presentation and slide animation. It explains from the scratch, every bit of MS-PowerPoint using the various versions such as versions 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. So if you are a novice in graphical presentation and animation, you are at the right place. This tutorial is prepared for you.

Each part of this tutorial contains the procedures to achieve some tasks, some practical examples and some practical exercise for you in order to help you comprehend its content.

The first part contains the introduction to MS-PowerPoint. It also familiarizes you with some of its features especially version 2016.

It is recommended in this tutorial that you have a PC or an access to a computer system, so as to enable you practicalize the procedures and exercises. Also try as much as possible to practice the exercises in this tutorial for a deeper comprehension of the contents of this tutorial.
See the MS PowerPoint Full Course Contents.

What is Microsoft PowerPoint?

MS-PowerPoint is a powerful, electronic, graphic and presentation software. It is used by program presenters to present and animate information in slides. One of the advantages of this software package is that it has some pre designed templates for quick design and use. It is used by many people especially those who deal with graphic presentation like product and graphic advertisers, students, lecturers, etc. A PowerPoint presentation is a collection of slides that help people to present a speech.


MS-PowerPoint is needed in many fields especially business, academics, education, art, etc.
below are some of the uses of MS-PowerPoint.

 1.    MS-PowerPoint is used by program and product advertisers to present information in slides which can be animated.

2.    Students used for project defense.

3.    Lecturers, teachers and presenters use it to prepare lively lectures.

4.    It is also used by inspirational speakers to present and illustrate ideas and also present speeches using a collection of slides.

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A slide serves the same function to PowerPoint as a page serves to a word processor. It is a basic part of a presentation. Information like text, images, videos, etc.


The master slide serves as a template. It is used to design the layout of slides before you start to add content to individual slides. It saves a lot of work and time.

It can be used to specify colours, fonts, headings, images and object positions. Once added to the master slide, these specifications will automatically be applied to all other slides in the presentation..


This determines how a slide appears and disappears from screen. There are many types like cut fade push, etc.


When slides are animated, they behave like movie clip. i.e. they appear and disappear automatically depending on your settings.


As you rehearse your presentation, PowerPoint records how much time you spend on each slide. Once you get the timings right, you can use them to run the slide show automatically.


This is the time that elapses from when a slide appears in screen to when it disappears. You can set this for individually for each slide or you can set it generally for all or some slides.

See: Tips to Help You Prepare & Deliver An Engaging & Interactive Presentation



MS-PowerPoint as a presentation software is designed mainly for Windows Operating System (OS) and Apple (for Mac pc) which are user friendly Operating Systems. This makes MS- PowerPoint a user friendly DBMS.

So far, as at 2016, there are about nine versions of MS- PowerPoint namely; PowerPoint 2.0, PowerPoint 97, PowerPoint 2000, PowerPoint XP, PowerPoint 2003, PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2016. 

The first three are so obsolete that they are no more mentioned and were designed for older versions of Operating Systems such as Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and 98. However, PowerPoint   XP and 2003 have most features alike such that the knowledge of either of them helps one to work with other versions easily, both older and newer versions. 

PowerPoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 also have most features alike.

However, they are quite different from the five previous versions because of the introduction of tab groups in place of the drop down menu system.


MS-Access is one of the programs of the multi-software package Microsoft Office. Some PC models like HP Windows 8 PC come with a pre-installed MS Office 2013 package. Search your PC to see if it came with a preinstalled   MS-Office Package. If you need MS-Office 2016, If you need MS-Office 2016, visit Microsoft store . There are some sites that allow you download a Copy of MS Office for free. Feel free to search the web. You can also get only MS-Access if you wish. MS-Office software is popular; so many software vendors will have it. Just check around few stores in your locality.


To load MS-PowerPoint into your PC memory:
1.    Click the Start button located extreme left of the taskbar.
2.    Type the word PowerPoint to call up the search charm.
3.    From your search result, click on MS- PowerPoint 2010 or MS- PowerPoint 2013 or MS- PowerPoint 2016 depending on the version installed on your PC.
Windows search result
4.    Then windows loads the program into memory and MS-Access welcome window will display as shown below.

PowerPoint 2010-welcome



To create a new or blank presentation:

1.    Load MS-PowerPoint into memory.

2.    From the MS-PowerPoint welcome window, click on Blank Presentation template icon.

3.    Save your presentation by pressing Ctrl + S. This prompts the Save As dialogue box.

4.    Click on the lightning bolt at the right end of the text box to choose a save location for the new database file you are about to create.


The screenshot below is the MS PowerPoint user interface with labels and descriptions. Study the image carefully.

PowerPoint 2016 user interface

PowerPoint 2016 user interface


For those who are already conversant with older it has all the functionality and features you're used to with some added enhancements and the best new features from Office 2016. Here are some of the top new features you'll find in PowerPoint 2016:


For PowerPoint 2016, no existing features or functionality from previous versions were deprecated in this release.

Utilize the new feature “Tell me what you want to do” search box

This new feature is very powerful and saves you from the stress of searching PowerPoint features manually .All you need to do is to type a keyword or phrase into the “Tell me what you want to do” search box on the ribbon to quickly find the PowerPoint features and commands you’re looking for, to discover Help content, or to get more information online.

The Tell me what you want to do feature in version 2013 and above

The Smart Lookup feature

This feature helps PowerPoint searches the Internet for relevant information to define words, phrases, and concepts you type in the task pane. Search results shown on the task pane can provide useful context for the ideas you’re sharing in your presentations.
The Smart LookUp feature

Stay connected with Office One Drive

Do you need to work on the go and across different devices? Click File > Account to sign in and access your recently used files anywhere, on any device, through seamless integration between Office, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint.

Share link or send invitations to the people

With PowerPoint 2016, you can easily invite others to view or edit your presentations in the cloud, click the Share button in the top right corner of the app window. In the Share pane that opens, you can get a sharing link or send invitations to the people you select.
The Share feature

Get inspired while you work

PowerPoint can help create great-looking slides for you based on the content you’ve added. Insert or paste an image on your current slide and then click your preferred layout in the Design Ideas task pane.

Format shapes with precision

Precisely format a selected picture, shape, or object with the comprehensive tools available in the Format Shape task pane. To display it, click the Home tab, and then click the small arrow in the lower right corner of the Drawing ribbon group.

Morph images and objects

This is a new powerful effect in PowerPoint 2016 that creates smooth, animated transitions by tracking and moving images and other objects across multiple slides in your presentation.
Create a new slide and then add any text and pictures or objects that you want. This first slide indicates the placement of objects at the beginning of the transition. 

Next, right-click the slide thumbnail and click Duplicate Slide.
On the copied slide, move and resize any of the text, pictures, or objects as needed. For example, you can make an item stand out by increasing its size, or you can line things up and add descriptions. This second slide indicates the placement of objects at the end of the transition. 

To apply the effect, select both slide thumbnails, click the Transitions ribbon tab, and then click Morph. PowerPoint tracks the objects found on both slides and then animate their size and position when the effect is viewed. 

To preview the effect, click Preview on the Transitions ribbon tab. If you want to customize the effect, click the Effect Options button on the Transitions tab.

The Different Presentation Views in PowerPoint

There are five different views in PowerPoint from version 2013 and later. But there are four views in version 2010 and earlier versions:

•    Normal

This view allows you to edit your presentation slide by slide and navigate with thumbnail.

•    Slide sorter

This view allows you to see thumbnails for easy rearrangement.

•    Notes page view

This view displays how your presentation will look when printed with note.

•    Reading view

This view plays your slide show in PowerPoint window to see animation and transition without switching to a full screen slide show.

•    Outline view (The fifth view)

This view allows you to edit and jump between your slides in the outline pane. You can easily create your presentation by pasting your outline from MS-Word to the outline pane.
Each view is used for a different step in creating your PowerPoint presentation.


These views can be accessed by clicking the View tab under Presentation views group. They can also found at the bottom right of the window as shown below:
The different Presentation views

The Master Slides and its Operations - Basic Slide Operations and their Shortcut keys

How to Insert a Slide

To insert a slide:

1.    Click New Slide under Slides group in the Home tab.
2.    From the drop down options, select any slide type of your choice.

How to Delete a Slide

Select the slide that you would like to delete and press the Delete key on the keyboard OR right click on the selected slide and select Delete Slide from the menu.

How to Copy and Paste a Slide

Select the slide you would like to copy, right click on the selected slide and select Copy from the menu.
Pasting a Slide. Position your cursor where you want to paste the slide (eg. between 6 & 7) << Ctrl + V

How to Move a slide

Sometimes, you may decide to change the order of your slides After creating a PowerPoint presentation. Select the slide you wish to move (a border will appear around the selected slide), and drag the slide to where you want to reposition it and drop it into the position. The slide number sequence will automatically update.

How to Use Imported Text Files to Create Slides

It is possible for you to create slides automatically by simply importing a text file. This feature becomes useful if you want to create PowerPoint slides quickly. The supported file extensions are “.rtf” (Rich Text File) and “.txt 


You can’t import images using this process.

To create slides in PowerPoint Using imported text files:

1.    Open PowerPoint and create a new file. And then click the Home tab.
2.    Click the drop down arrow below New Slide and click Slides from Outline.

Import text

3.    This prompts the Insert Outline dialogue box. Browse for the file and click Open.

Working with Diagrams and Symbols in your presentation

In order to create an attractive PowerPoint presentation, you need to learn how to effectively work with diagrams and symbols because they help you to drive your points without much stress. You will need to know how to manipulate the different types of charts and SmartArt. A chart is one of the great tools of MS-Excel.

How to Insert Graphs/Charts and input Chart Data in your Presentation Slide        

Charts help to efficiently analyze your data. Also, they are attractive and easy to understand than a table of data.

To insert a Graph/Chart in a slide:

  1. Click on the slide you wish to insert the chart.
  2. Click the Insert tab and click Chart icon in the Illustrations group. This prompts the Insert Chart dialog box.
  3. Select any chart type of your choice from the list, and then select a chart sub-type. For example, for column chart type, the sub-types are: Clustered column, Stacked column, 100% Stacked column, 3-D Clustered column, 3-D Stacked column, 3-D 100% Stacked column 3-Column charts. Then click OK as shown in the figure below.

Insert chart dialogue box

PowerPoint inserts the chart and calls up excel with some default data in columns and rows as shown below. Replace the data with the correct data of your chart. You can navigate through columns and rows using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

You can add or delete columns or rows by highlighting the entire row or column and pressing the Delete key on your keyboard. You can also change the Column titles by simply highlighting the default label and overwriting it with the new labels. As you change the default values it reflects on your chart. Close the excel window once you are through.


You can edit your chart data at any time. Simply right click your chart and select Edit Data > Edit Data.

Chart and its data source

How to Resize and Move a Chart

After creating a chart, PowerPoint inserts it in a frame. There may be need to resize or change its position in the slide.

To resize a chart:

1.    Select the chart. Once the chart is selected, eight handles appear along the frame of the chart
2.    Click and drag any of the handles to your desired size. As you drag, PowerPoint previews the new size of the chart.

To Move a chart:

1.    Select the Chart by clicking on it. Click and drag the chart to a new desired position in the slide.

How to Change Chart Type

There are certain chart types and sub charts that best suit certain types of information you wish to chart. If you had already inserted a type of chart and later discovered that it does not represent the data very well, you can easily change to another chart type or sub type easily. For instance, you want to change a column chart to a bar chart.

To change a chart type:

1.    Select the chart and click the Design tab which appears in the ribbon whenever the chart is highlighted. It appears with the Format tab, which is at the extreme right of the tab bar, both has a green background. Make sure you click the right Design tab because two appears when you select the chart.
2.    Select a style from the Chart Styles group. The selected style is applied to the chart.
 This is the end of Part one of this tutorial.

Now move over to the next part - Part two:


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