How to Create a PowerPoint Presentation

Creating a PowerPoint Presentation

Prerequisites: None

Difficulty Level: Member • Nerd • Platypus 

Estimated Time: 30 Minutes+ Depending on Presentation Length

Expected Outcome: Be able to create a PowerPoint Presentation

Tools Required: Microsoft 365 License for PowerPoint (Included in basic license) 

Create a presentation

  1. Open PowerPoint.

  2. In the left pane, select New.

  3. Select an option:

    • To create a presentation from scratch, select Blank Presentation.

    • To use a prepared design, select one of the templates.

    • To see tips for using PowerPoint, select Take a Tour, and then select Create, .

Create new PowerPoint

Add a slide

  1. In the thumbnails on the left pane, select the slide you want your new slide to follow.

  2. In the Home tab, in the Slides section, select New Slide.

  3. In the Slides section, select Layout, and then select the layout you want from the menu.

PowerPoint slide layouts

Add and format text

  1. Place the cursor inside a text box, and then type something.

  2. Select the text, and then select one or more options from the Font section of the Home tab, such as FontIncrease Font SizeDecrease Font SizeBoldItalicUnderline, etc.

  3. To create bulleted or numbered lists, select the text, and then select Bullets or Numbering.

PowerPoint format text

Add a picture, shape, and more

  1. Go to the Insert tab.

  2. To add a picture:

    • In the Images section, select Pictures.

    • In the Insert Picture From menu, select the source you want.

    • Browse for the picture you want, select it, and then select Insert.

  3. To add illustrations:

    • In the Illustrations section, select ShapesIcons3D ModelsSmartArt, or Chart.

    • In the dialog box that opens when you click one of the illustration types, select the item you want and follow the prompts to insert it.