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DRAM 2366 SO Floyd: Microsoft Powerpoint Tutorials


Learn what you need to know to create and deliver 2016 Microsoft PowerPoint presentations! Links below provide tips on how to create presentations from scratch, or a template; add text, images, art, and videos; add transitions, animations, and cinematic motion; etc.

2010 Powerpoint Demos

Learn what you need to know to create and deliver 2010 Microsoft Office Powerpoint presentations!

Adding slides and content
View this entire PowerPoint course and more in the Online Training Library®.

PowerPoints Tips and Tutorials

Saving your Presentation

OK - so now the hard part is done and you only have one more thing to do - make sure your presentation will show correctly in the classroom. Dozens of students every semester leave home thinking their presentations are ready to go and arrive in the classroom only to find that for one reason or another their presentation will not show properly. This page will guide you in making sure that your presentation looks in the classroom the way you would like it to be seen.

Saving Your Presentation

To ensure your presentation will play properly on the classroom computer:

Be careful what software you use to present your presentation in. Ask your instructor which format they prefer (PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.) before you start you start working on your presentation.  OpenOffice, ThinkFree, and other open source software will normally not play on a college computer. If you need a copy of PowerPoint to use, please check out he “Google Drive” section on this page.

If you used PowerPoint 2007 to develop your presentation, save a copy in 2003 format (use the "Save As" menu option to change the file type). No matter what TCC campus you are making your presentation on, there is a possibility that the computer you will be using might not have the latest version of PowerPoint.

Mac users: be sure and include the (dot) ppt extension to the file name.

Save your presentation to Google Drive or a Flash Drive. iPods, iPhones, Compact Flash cards, etc. cannot be connected to college computers.

Save a copy of your presentation and any images, sounds or videos to your "My Files" area of your Google Drive account. See the “Google Drive” section on this page.

Check your presentation on a college computer before showing it in class. You need to be sure to do this if you created your presentation on a computer away from the college. Many times fonts, images, etc. will not show properly in the classroom if a non-college computer was used. If your presentation looks like you want it to on any college computer, then you can rest easy that it will show the same in the classroom. 

Google Drive

Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere -- on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to Google Drive on the web at
  2. Install Google Drive on your computer or mobile device.
  3. Throw your files in Google Drive. It’s right there on your device.

Now your files go everywhere you do. Change a file on the web, on your computer, or on your mobile device and it updates on every device where you’ve installed Google Drive. Share, collaborate, or work alone: your files, your choice.