Northstar Learning Guide


The resources on this page will introduce you to the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint presentation creation. Using your Northstar assessment results page, locate the skills you need to improve in the left-hand column of the table. Then, follow the links in the right-hand column to access the corresponding online learning resources. Ask a librarian or your tutor/instructor if you have questions or need help.

Module 8: Microsoft PowerPoint


Northstar Standard:Learning Resource:
1. Open a new or existing PowerPoint 2010 presentation
  • PowerPoint 2010: Creating and opening presentations
  • 2. Identify parts of the PowerPoint Screen: slide navigation pane, slide pane, notes, the ribbon, quick access toolbar, and scroll bars
  • Navigating PowerPoint 2010
  • 3. Insert new slides, duplicate, or reuse slides
  • PowerPoint 2010: Working with slides
  • 4. Manage text (insert, delete, copy, cut and paste, drag and drop, format, and use spellcheck)
  • PowerPoint 2010: Inserting and deleting text
  • PowerPoint 2010: Cut, copy and paste, drag and drop
  • PowerPoint 2010: Use spellcheck
  • 5. Apply or change a theme
  • PowerPoint 2010: Applying themes
  • 6. Use zoom control
  • PowerPoint 2010: Zoom control
  • 7. Insert items into a presentation, resize, and adjust them (video, chart, pictures, clip art, screenshots)
  • PowerPoint 2010: Inserting photos
  • PowerPoint 2010: Inserting clip art
  • PowerPoint 2010: Inserting screen shots
  • PowerPoint 2010: Resizing and adjusting
  • PowerPoint 2010: Inserting video
  • PowerPoint 2010: Working with video
  • PowerPoint 2010: Formatting video
  • PowerPoint 2010: Charts
  • PowerPoint 2010: Inserting charts
  • PowerPoint 2010: Importing charts from Excel
  • PowerPoint 2010: Modifying charts
  • 8. Add a text box, adjust it, resize it, or delete it
  • PowerPoint 2010: Text basics
  • 9. Change the view of slides (normal, slide sorter, reading view, slideshow view)
  • PowerPoint 2010: Slide view changes
  • 10. Insert, delete, and move slides using the slide navigation pane
  • PowerPoint 2010: Slide navigation pane
  • 11. Use the quick access toolbar
  • PowerPoint 2010: Quick access toolbar
  • 12. Apply and customize slide transitions (select, preview, add sound, automatic advance)
  • PowerPoint 2010: Apply slide transitions
  • PowerPoint 2010: Add sound
  • PowerPoint 2010: Automatic advance
  • 13. Understand the basics of PowerPoint etiquette (limited text, text that stands out on a background, clear titles)
  • Simple PowerPoint 2010 tips
  • PowerPoint 2010 etiquette
  • 14. Play a slideshow, advance through the slides, and end slideshow (using screen toolbar features)
  • PowerPoint 2010: Play a slideshow
  • 15. Save a presentation as a .ppt, .pdf, .png, etc.
  • PowerPoint 2010: Saving a presentation
  • PowerPoint 2010: Save as, choosing file formats
  • PowerPoint 2010: Choosing different file formats
  • 16. Create handouts
  • PowerPoint 2010: Printing options
  • 17. Print a presentation
  • PowerPoint 2010: Print a presentation
  • PowerPoint 2010: Printing options