Learning roadmap for PowerPoint for Mac 2011

Follow this roadmap of training and Help topics to learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011 in a systematic, step-by-step approach.

1. Become familiar with PowerPoint

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Video: What’s New in PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Download this series of videos that provide a short introduction to some of the new and important features in PowerPoint for Mac 2011.
Video: PowerPoint for Mac 2011 basics Whether you’re new to PowerPoint for Mac 2011 or need a refresher, download this series of videos that provides an overview of essential concepts to help you become productive quickly.
Tutorial: PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Basics Download this .pdf for a step-by-step tutorial covering the same concepts as in the PowerPoint basics video, only using text and images.
Video: Up to speed with the Office for Mac ribbon Get familiar with the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 ribbon, which combines the Formatting Palette and Elements Gallery from previous versions of Office, giving you quick and convenient access to the features and tools that you use the most.

2. Design a presentation

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About designing a presentation Understand the differences among common PowerPoint for Mac 2011 design elements such as slide masters, layouts, and themes.
Start with a template to create a new document Learn how to find templates for presentations, content slides, calendars, and more by using the PowerPoint Presentation Gallery.
Tutorial: Design with Themes, Part 1: The Basics Download this .pdf and learn to apply and customize a theme, which is a coordinated set of fonts, colors, and visual effects.
Create or change slide layouts Create or change a slide layout to define how content appears on a slide.
Change slide backgrounds Apply or change a slide background, independent of the slide theme.

3. Add and format pictures, layers, and other objects

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Add or replace a picture Add a picture or clip art to a presentation from the Media Browser and other locations.
Video: Retouch your photos Watch this short overview on how to edit photos directly in a presentation.
Apply or change a style or effect for a picture Apply creative effects such as predefined picture styles and reflections to give pictures an interesting look.
Video: Manage objects and layers easily Watch this short overview on how to use the Dynamic Reordering tool to arrange slide objects and layers.
Convert text to a SmartArt graphic and vice versa Quickly transform a basic bulleted list into descriptive information graphic.

4. Add actions, sounds, and movies to a presentation

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Add, edit, or remove transitions Apply transitions, such as dissolves and fades, between your slides.
Animate text and objects Change the way that text and objects appear and exit from a slide.
Add audio or sound to your presentation Add sounds and control how they are played on one or multiple slides.
Record a slide show Record a presentation so that narration is included when you present.
Add a movie to a slide Embed or link to a movie that you want to play in a presentation.

5. Collaborate, save, and share

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Video: Edit a presentation with multiple authors Watch this short overview on how to collaborate on presentations that are saved on Windows Live OneDrive or SharePoint.
Save a document to SharePoint or OneDrive Save a presentation to OneDrive or SharePoint so that you can share your presentation with team members.
Save a presentation as a movie file Save a presentation as a QuickTime movie so that computers that don't have PowerPoint installed can view your presentation.
Run a presentation as a movie at a kiosk Set up a presentation so that it can run unattended on computers that don't have PowerPoint installed.
Sharing documents with other versions of Office Learn about the different formats in which you can share a presentation, template, or slide show with other PowerPoint users.

6. Prepare and present

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Rehearse and set slide timings Record how long you spend on each slide, and then use those timings to advance slides automatically.
Print slides, handouts, and notes Print materials, such as handouts and notes, for an audience.
Video: Perfect your presentation Watch this short video overview on how to use presenter view to rehearse and deliver a great presentation.
Use an Apple Remote to move through your slide show Learn how to use an Apple Remote to advance through slides.
Video: Broadcast your presentation to anyone, anywhere Watch this short overview on how to broadcast a presentation to a remote audience.

7. Explore other useful resources

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Interactive: Can't find it in Office for Mac 2011? Use this visual, interactive guide to find where PowerPoint 2008 commands are located in PowerPoint 2011.
PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts See the full list of keyboard shortcuts, organized into logical categories.
Customize the ribbon Rearrange, show, and hide tabs on the ribbon.
Known issues in PowerPoint 2011 See a list of known issues as well as potential workarounds.

See also

What's New in PowerPoint for Mac 2011

PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Training

Technical support options

Applies to:
PowerPoint for Mac 2011