Microsoft PowerPoint: Intermediate / Advanced

PowerPoint Training Series | Level 2

Course Details

Duration: 2 days (9 am – 4 pm)

Microsoft® PowerPoint® Versions: 2016 | 2019 | 2021 | 365 (Windows)

Delivery Methods (Instructor-led): In-person (Live classroom) | Online in virtual classroom

Course Dates: June 17/18, 2024 (Online in virtual classroom or In-person) | August 14/15, 2024 (Online in virtual classroom or In-person) | View schedule Course schedule

Course Fee: $495 CAD per person (Virtual classroom), $545 CAD per person (Bring your own device for live classroom courses) or $595 CAD per person + HST (Avantix Learning provides device for live classroom courses)*

Timing: Public scheduled courses run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Eastern Time).

Virtual classroom courses: Our instructor-led virtual classroom courses are delivered in a virtual classroom environment. Students will be sent a virtual classroom invitation prior to the course.

In-person classroom courses: Our instructor-led, live classroom (in-person) courses are held in downtown Toronto at 18 King Street East, Suite 1400, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Some courses are also held at an alternate downtown Toronto location.

Custom training: This course may be delivered at your site or ours as an instructor-led in-person or virtual classroom solution. Contact us at for more information including savings for custom group training.

Some public courses and / or formats and may be subject to a minimum enrollment requirement.

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Course Overview

In this instructor-led Intermediate / Advanced PowerPoint course, students will learn best practices to create professional PowerPoint presentations using outlines, built-in and custom themes, custom masters and layouts, templates, images, drawing objects, videos and sounds. SmartArt, tables and charts will also be inserted on slides and formatted in various ways. In order to create more engaging presentations, students will learn to add animations and transitions and to run slide shows using different techniques. Hyperlinks will also be used to add interactivity and bring presentations to the next level. During this hands-on course, students will practice their skills and are encouraged to ask questions. Each student will also receive a full course manual with tips, tricks and shortcuts as well as sample and exercise files.

Prerequisite: Microsoft PowerPoint: Introduction or equivalent knowledge and skills.

Location and timing: Public scheduled courses are held online in virtual classroom format or in downtown Toronto and run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Eastern Time).

Related training: View all Microsoft PowerPoint courses >


  • Comprehensive course manual
  • Keyboard shortcuts quick reference
  • Sample and exercise files (new samples added frequently)
  • Refreshments (for classes conducted in Avantix Learning classrooms)
  • Certificate of completion
  • Follow-up email support

Course Topics

Key PowerPoint Concepts

  • Understanding PowerPoint's different views
  • PowerPoint best practices
  • Rearranging a presentation in different ways
  • Creating slides using different layouts
  • Working efficiently with outlines
  • Reapplying layouts
  • Navigating and selecting using keyboard shortcuts

Customizing PowerPoint

  • Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar and adding custom buttons
  • Recommended buttons
  • Setting key PowerPoint options

Working with Themes

  • Understanding theme components
  • Applying themes to presentations
  • Using font, color, effect and overall themes
  • Understanding the difference between themes and templates
  • Importing a theme from another presentation or template
  • Creating and saving custom font, color or overall themes

Creating and Editing Slide Masters and Layouts

  • Editing the slide master and layouts in the Slide Master View
  • Changing slide master or layout backgrounds
  • Adding footers, dates, slide numbers and logos on the slide master or layouts
  • Creating custom slide layouts in the Slide Master View
  • Preserving the slide master (and why to preserve)
  • Importing masters from other presentations or templates
  • Avoiding rogue layouts

Importing Slides and Microsoft Word Content

  • Importing slides from other PowerPoint presentations in different ways
  • Benefits of reusing vs copying slides
  • Importing an outline from Microsoft Word and creating presentations automatically
  • Dealing with formatting issues when importing from Microsoft Word

Inserting and Formatting Images

  • Inserting and resizing images proportionally
  • Nudging images using keyboard shortcuts
  • Cropping images and controlling image placement
  • Adjusting picture brightness and contrast
  • Applying a different color to a picture
  • Blurring images
  • Removing backgrounds from images in different ways
  • Combining effects to focus attention
  • Making an image transparent
  • Reducing file size by compressing images

Animating Text and Pictures

  • Adding entrance, exit and emphasis animation effects to text and pictures
  • Setting effect options
  • Animating multiple objects and adding multiple animations
  • Removing animations

Displaying Information in Tables

  • Inserting and formatting tables
  • Inserting and deleting rows and columns
  • Resizing rows and columns
  • Applying table styles and other formatting
  • Importing Excel worksheets into a slide as a table or an object

Importing Excel Data

  • Importing Excel data (linked or unlinked)
  • Managing links

Creating Shapes, SmartArt and WordArt

  • Drawing, resizing and formatting shapes in PowerPoint
  • Duplicating shapes using shortcuts
  • Using shortcuts to copy formatting to one or more shapes
  • Inserting SmartArt to create cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, organization charts and other types of diagrams
  • Formatting SmartArt objects
  • Creating text effects with WordArt
  • BONUS EXTRAS: Applying a spotlight and other tricks to focus on part of an image or slide area by combining drawing objects and animations

Visualizing Data using Charts

  • Inserting a chart on a PowerPoint slide
  • Changing chart type
  • Editing a chart's datasheet and returning to PowerPoint
  • Understanding color in charts
  • Applying different formats to chart elements
  • Using tips and tricks when working with charts
  • Reusing chart formatting

Animating Shapes, Charts and SmartArt

  • Adding entrance, exit and emphasis animation effects to shapes, charts and SmartArt
  • Adding motion path animations
  • Setting effect options
  • Removing animations
  • Specific recommendations for animating charts and SmartArt
  • BONUS EXTRA: Quickly copying animations from one object to another

Inserting, Formatting and Managing Audio and Video

  • Inserting video and audio / sound into presentations
  • Controlling playback settings of video and audio
  • Embedding vs linking videos and audio
  • Trimming video and audio files
  • Changing the brightness, contrast and color of videos
  • Selecting a starting frame for a video
  • Adding and removing bookmarks in video and audio objects
  • Playing videos and sounds from a bookmarked location
  • BONUS EXTRA: Inserting text to appear at specific times over videos during a slide show

Creating Interactive Presentations Using Hyperlinks

  • Inserting hyperlinks to other slides, presentations, web sites or other files such as an Excel worksheet
  • Using different types of hyperlinks
  • Editing and formatting hyperlinks
  • Adding hyperlinks on masters and layouts
  • Creating a main menu slide with hyperlinks

Running Slide Shows Efficiently

  • Running slide shows and using tips and tricks to control the show
  • Jumping to a specific slide during a slide show
  • Applying transition effects that appear during a slide show
  • Controlling timing

Running Custom Shows

  • Creating different custom shows for multiple audiences
  • Running a custom show using different strategies
  • Updating shows

*Prices subject to change

Our instructor-led courses are delivered in virtual classroom format or at our downtown Toronto location at 18 King Street East, Suite 1400, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (some in-person classroom courses may also be delivered at an alternate downtown Toronto location). Contact us at if you'd like to arrange custom instructor-led virtual classroom or onsite training on a date that's convenient for you.

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Upcoming Training
Microsoft PowerPoint: Intermediate / Advanced (in Toronto or online in virtual classroom format)
Avantix Learning, 18 King Street East, Suite 1400,Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
Next course starts
June 17, 2024
Next course ends
June 18, 2024
Instructor-led intermediate / advanced PowerPoint training course online in virtual classroom format or in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This course includes adding animations, images, sound, video, hyperlinks, charts and tables. Students receive a full course manual with tips, tricks and shortcuts as well as sample and exercise files. In-person classes are delivered in downtown Toronto or arrange custom virtual or onsite training at your location. Virtual classroom courses are available to our clients across Canada and the US.

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