Super Simple PowerPoint 2016 for Beginners (MS Office 365)

A blended course with exercises - create a basic yet professional presentation by learning only what you really need to.

4.25 (306 reviews)
1 hour
Mar 2020
last update
regular price

What you will learn

Launch PowerPoint and start a blank presentation

Add new slides slides and add titles and text

Create and edit a Pie chart and add supporting shapes

Save time by duplicating, moving and editing existing slides

Change the default language and checking spelling

Select a background colour and enhance text with size, bold, italic and underline

Apply transitions and animations

Use different views and present the a 'show'

Understand how to save, close and get help


Super Simple PowerPoint 2016 for Beginners is a concise course with written lessons, videos and exercises, aimed at getting you from "no can do" to "that presentation flew" by learning only the parts you really need to. Go from opening PowerPoint for the first time to creating and then presenting your work. Follow along as we create a presentation together step-by-step.

What type of learner are you? This course is not a spectator sport; you won’t watch hours of video and hope it sinks in:

  • Reading Learners will benefit from reading the written step-by-step instructions (please do not take my course if you are not happy to take the time to read the written lessons)
  • Writing Learners will benefit from using the printable ‘Personal Quick Reference Guide’ download sheet as they make their own notes throughout the course
  • Visual Learners will love the screen shots and video tutorials
  • Auditory Learners benefit from the step-by-step commentary on the videos
  • Kinaesthetic Learners will enjoy the hand on exercise at the end of each section as they get their work to the same stage as that part of the course

You are most likely a blend of learning types.  Each topic is covered in a way that ensures that every learner gets the maximum out of the course. We'll start with a new, blank presentation and gradually build it up until it is ready to show. Here's how we'll work together:

  1. You'll read the lesson notes; step by step instructions supported by screen shots
  2. Watch and listen to the 'how to' video - I tend to talk on these videos as if I'm sitting right next to you
  3. You'll do an exercise at the end of every section to get your own presentation to the same point as I got to in the lesson. Either do these exercises by following the instructions on-screen or by using the downloadable exercise book
  4. Finally, you'll make make your own notes, a kind of quick reference guide to refer back to

If you have a question about a topic just ask and I'll answer.

What are you waiting for? Sign up and get started, If you're not delighted you can have your money back, no questions asked.


Course Introduction and Pre-Course Reading

Introduction to your course and the instructor
Download these files and images before you start
Downloadable Exercise Book and Personal Quick Reference Guide
Using the Mouse
Understanding the Ribbon

Introduction to PowerPoint 2016

What is PowerPoint 2016?
How to get PowerPoint 2016
Office 2016 vs Office 365 vs Office Online and how to get a 1 month free trial

Start PowerPoint 2016 and Create Your First Presentation

Start PowerPoint (step by step notes)
Start PowerPoint (video)
Take a look around and open a blank presentation
Blank presentation - take a look around
Add a title and subtitle
Add a title and subtitle to a blank presentation
Add a new default slide
Add content to a slide
Add Default Slide and Add Content
Exercise - Start PowerPoint 2016 and Create Your First Presentation

Adding specific slide types

Add a specific slide type and add content (step by step notes)
Add a specific slide type and add content (video)
Exercise - Add a specific slide type

Adding visuals to a slide

Inserting images (step by step notes)
Inserting images (video)
Insert and edit a basic pie chart (step by step notes)
Insert and edit a basic pie chart (video)
Edit a Pie chart
Add, resize and move a shape
Add text and change the colour of a shape
Add and edit a shape
Exercise - Adding Visuals to a Slide

Duplicate and move slides

Duplicate a slide
Move a slide
Duplicate and move a slide
Exercise - Duplicate and move a slide

Spell checker

Set Default Language
Check Spelling
Exercise - Spell Checker

Style and formatting

Change background colour (step by step notes)
Change background colour (video)
Change font size and colour
Text bold, italic and underline
Font size, colour, bold, italic and underline (video)
Exercise - style and formatting


Transitions (step by step notes)
Transitions (video)
Delete an animation
Create and delete an animation (video)
Exercise - Effects

Viewing and Presenting

Normal and Slide Sorter Views
Slide show view and presenting your work
Views and presenting your work (video)
Exercise - Viewing and presenting

Saving and Closing

Saving your work
Close a Presentation
Save and Close (video)
Exercise - Saving and closing


PowerPoint help
Help from the instructor


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June 3, 2022
its was an amazing experience, I now know how to navigate somethings I find difficult earlier. Thanks alot
September 1, 2021
The basics are explained so nicely. Every student should take this course to make their base strong. Was a great revision session
July 29, 2021
Yes it was a good match for me, i really liked the way he taught, made it so simple for me to understand. A superb teacher.
April 10, 2021
It was an ok match but Mark, you could show us the steps on a video not put us on a page explaining the steps. It was a little bit tiny in size and the size could be increased. Mark, the ask me anything button is called Cortana!
November 16, 2020
Mark presents the course in typed form and with a video, so that you can learn two ways! He explains everything and does not assume the student knows what every button and click can do. He is definitely a great teacher for anyone!
November 7, 2020
It's been a while using PowerPoint. Thank you! You are a great instructor and I do appreciate all your method about the training that you have provided for the people that want's learn.
September 19, 2020
Course is easy to understand, mainly because of the the practice exercise and how to navigate after each video.
May 14, 2020
Step by Step was given in details. Good refresher course for me though I have been using Powerpoint for years.
April 1, 2020
I had a feeling this course was too simple for me, and I was right- but I still managed to learn a few things :)
April 16, 2019
It was fun and the fact that the tutorial is in both video and note mode makes it easier to follow and understand.
May 9, 2017
Great focus, efficient, clear, results driven, very practical, good foundation for building more creative presentation.
November 6, 2016
I'm too bored to read text lectures. It's been like 14 to 15 lectures I have taken as of now, in that more than 10 lectures are text based.
October 18, 2016
Great course with nice clear written explanations and videos. The exercises are well planned and tie in well with the course but do leave extra time for these.
October 13, 2016
I found this course really useful, I do small presentations at work and this is really going to help as I always have to get someone to assist me doing the posters. Thank you



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