While Lesson 03 is only 14.5 minutes long, I started following along with the video and pausing it here and there so I could do the steps myself. It drastically increases the training time, but it really helps with learning the new stuff that goes beyond the simple basics of Lessons 1 and 2. This lesson is about working with the actual slides, managing their order for example, and so it includes adding and removing slides, changing the slide layout, organizing slides into sections, and simply rearranging slides.
I confess, as I mentioned previously, I was pretty confident that I could do most things I needed to do in PowerPoint. Which is apparently not the same as doing them the RIGHT way, which is way faster than my hacked techniques. Take for example where I’m really not sure how I want a slide to look, so I might start with a slide with dual text box layouts. » Read the rest
Since I’m working from home, I’m doing some training to improve my Powerpoint skills, training that I probably can’t access from the office normally nor would I ever have time to do it. I can see from the names of the videos that Lesson 02 (22 minutes) looks at creating and saving, changing themes, slide masters, headers and footers, and file properties, which seems pretty basic. In fact, it opens with things like save and open, and I thought, “Really?”. It’s not like that is any different in any other software package. I started to worry I might be wasting my time. I shouldn’t have worried.
I felt like an idiot when they got to themes and templates. I knew, sure, that when you said “new” and chose an existing theme (colours + empty presentation) or template (colours + pre-filled presentation), you could preview the images in it. I had no idea what the boxes to the right of that were — they look like slides, and I thought they were some sort of preview. » Read the rest
Since I’m working from home, and I have an opportunity to do some additional training, AND I found out that the Ottawa Public Library has free access to Lynda.com training, I thought I would try to improve my Powerpoint skills. I use Powerpoint for various things at work, as well as some basic graphics work for my website from time to time, but I’ve never really had any formal training in it, particularly not in really getting the full bang for my buck. Lynda.com has a 14-hour training package to “become a PowerPoint 2013 MS Office specialist”, so why not?
The course starts with a quick intro to the various parts of the interface like the quick access bar, ribbon, task pane, main window, slide sorter, status bar etc. Nothing overly new there, I’ve been using it for quite a while. But even then, I did find it interesting that she views the task/activity pane as entirely optional as everything in it is also in the ribbon. » Read the rest