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Microsoft PowerPoint Level I

Enhance your PowerPoint presentations with foundational skills in this beginner-friendly course at NYC Career Centers. Learn how to create effective visuals using SmartArt, tables, charts, and more. Boost your professional presentation skills today!

  • Level Beginner
  • Age 18 and older
  • Price $249
  • Location 185 Madison Ave, New York, NY

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  • Career Centers @ 185 Madison Ave Suite 1104, New York, NY 10016
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  • Mon, Mar 25 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this powerpoint class:

Learn foundational skills for creating PowerPoint presentations. In this beginner-friendly class, you will build effective PowerPoints using SmartArt, tables, charts, and presentation tools.

Acquire essential skills to create presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint, including aligning images and creating shapes, tables, and charts. First, you'll dive into the PowerPoint user interface, including customizing the ribbon. Then you'll learn how to incorporate appealing visuals using images, SmartArt, layered objects, tables, and charts.

In this seven-hour course, you'll review all the basics of PowerPoint step-by-step, from setting up and customizing the user interface to navigating the application during a presentation. After exploring each component from shapes and images to animations, transitions, and diagrams, you'll learn tips to proof and edit your final product. At the end of the course, we'll review presentation tools and best practices, including how to use annotations, speaker notes, and presenter view.

Learn more about Microsoft Powerpoint Level I at NYC Career Centers.


Creating New Presentations

  • Creating a Presentation
  • Choosing a Template/Theme
  • Changing the Template/Theme
  • Adding Slides & Typing in Content

Slide Layouts

  • Choosing a Slide Layout
  • Changing the Slide Layout

Adding Text & Outline View

  • Adding Text
  • Bulleted vs Numbered Lists
  • Adding & Editing Text with Outline View
  • Outline View Keystrokes

Pictures & Graphics

  • Placing Pictures into Placeholders
  • Cropping Photos
  • Sizing Graphics
  • Fixing Stretched/Squished Photos
  • Where to Get Photos
  • Crop to Shape & Aspect Ratio

Adjusting Photos & Graphics

  • Picture Adjustments (such as converting to Black & White)
  • Picture Border & Effects

Layered Objects

  • Layered Object vs Placeholder Content
  • Aligning
  • Evenly Distributing
  • Grouping
  • Reordering Layered Objects


  • Creating SmartArt
  • Adding Text
  • Layouts, Styles, & Shapes
  • Converting Text into SmartArt
  • SmartArt with Picture Placeholders

Shapes & Lines

  • Adding Shapes
  • Styling Shapes
  • Adding Text to Shapes
  • Resizing, Moving, & Rotating Shapes
  • Connector Lines
  • Text Boxes


  • Creating Tables in PowerPoint
  • Typing in Table Data
  • Designing Tables
  • Table Layout
  • Sizing Tables & Columns/Rows
  • Alignment & Spacing In a Table
  • Adding or Removing Rows/Columns
  • Merging Cells

Copying & Pasting Charts from Excel

  • Importing a Chart from Excel
  • Updating the Chart Data when the Excel File Changes


  • Adding Slide Transitions
  • Transition Effect Options & Duration

Proofing & Editing

  • Spell Check
  • Slide Sorter View

Running a Presentation

  • Starting & Stopping a Slide Show
  • Ways to Navigate Slide Shows
  • Tools to Use When Presenting
  • Presenter Notes
  • Presenter View
  • Presenting in Microsoft Teams (PowerPoint Live)
  • Presenter Notes in Zoom


  • Choosing What Will Go On the Printed Page

Saving a PDF

  • Why Make a PDF?
  • Saving a PDF & Setting Options

Refund Policy

  • Students may cancel up to 11 business days before the class/program start date and receive a refund, less the registration fee (10% of the undiscounted course price).
  • Cancellations within 11 business days are not permitted, but students may reschedule up to 4 business days before the class start date.

For cancellations and reschedules, please email us at [email protected]

Reviews of Classes at NYC Career Centers (679)

(4.5-star rating across 679 reviews)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Level I

    Anonymous review on 9/16/2019
    Very good overview of tools available in program. Teacher was helpful and articulate.
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    Anonymous review on 6/28/2016
    it was fun - I really enjoyed doing the presentation! Thanks again!
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    Anonymous review on 6/25/2016
    Class was good and well-rounded. I would have liked more hands-on instruction regarding our finished projects.
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students who took the Microsoft PowerPoint Level I class found it a valuable experience. They appreciated the teacher's ability to provide a clear overview of the tools available in the program. The class was engaging and enjoyable, with one student expressing their enjoyment for creating a presentation. Overall, students gained a good understanding of the program and its functionalities. Quotes: 1. "The teacher provided a very good overview of the tools in Microsoft PowerPoint. They were helpful and explained things in a clear and articulate manner." 2. "I had a lot of fun in this class! Creating a presentation was an enjoyable experience. Thanks to the teacher for making it engaging!" 3. "The class was well-rounded and provided a good understanding of Microsoft PowerPoint. However, I would have liked more hands-on instruction related to the specific projects we were working on."

Questions & Answers (2)

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Is this class for Mac friendly?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Steve! This class is taught both on Mac and PC and are provided to students. Hope this helps.
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Is the Beginner Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 test taught by a live instructor?
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Hi Lauren! Yes, this is being taught by a live instructor. Thanks!
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