5 Essential MS PowerPoint Features – Change the way you present!

5 Essential MS PowerPoint Features – Change the way you present!

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Updated on Jul 5, 2022 12:59 IST

Check out the top features of the MS PowerPoint. Through these skills, you will be able to create aesthetically appealing content slides and optimize the process.


While we all have been using MS PowerPoint since our school days, this software is useful for bigger level presentations as well. You might feel content with your knowledge of this tool, there are numerous options that you have never made use of and you can use these tricks for a whole new experience. Let us talk about the amazing features of MS PowerPoint that can unlock new potential for creating effective presentations.

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1. TRANSITIONS:  Transitions is an effective feature of  MS PowerPoint through which you can choose the style in which the next slide will appear in a slide show. With various different options, we can select the entry of the next slide as per the content in the slide. For instance, making the audience aware of some new data or disclosing a new venture can be made to appear with “Reveal Transitions”. Auto timings and sound played at transitions of slides can also be selected & altered.

2. SLIDE SIZE CUSTOMISATION: MS PowerPoint also offers an option to customize the size of a slide including content quantity and the way in which it has to be presented in the slide. It is necessary to change the size of the slide to make it more impactful. As an example, the way the title of a presentation is displayed should be completely different from the display of an elaborative topic.

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3. ALIGNMENT: In spite of tremendous efforts in creating a MS PowerPoint presentation, that wow factor gets missing just because of not utilizing a minor but very significant tool, ‘Aligning’. Alignment of text and object together can add a very neat and appealing effect to the slide and makes the presentation exceptionally easy to understand.

4. ANIMATIONS: Though professionals feel that too much animation can make a presentation sophomoric, but if the animation effect is used wisely, it can do wonders. Each item that is inserted in a slide can be made to animate differently, highlighting the meaning and purpose of its presence. An increase in sales exhibited by an arrow flying up from bottom to top can emphasise the success even more and reduce the need to explain it verbally.

5. PRESENTER’S VIEW: In accordance with the presenter’s point of view, MS PowerPoint offers an option to facilitate the speaker to deliver the presentation at a decent flow, with minimum pauses and keeping the time factor in mind. The presenter view option provides a view that includes the current slide as well the next slide to prompt the speaker. Moreover, the presenter can see the time elapsed with a time display option. This can be of tremendous help at rehearsals, so as to get acquainted with the presentation and deliver it with full confidence and make a deeper impact.


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What is a title slide in MS PowerPoint?

It is an introduction slide used at the starting of the topic that gives a hint of the upcoming content.

What is an Outline view in MS Powerpoint?

In outline view, only title and bullets are presented in textual format.

How do transitions make your presentation attractive?

MS PowerPoint offers several types of transitions, which when added to a slide, the slide's entry point becomes powerful and it encapsulates the viewer's attention.

What is a motion path?

A motion path is an advanced animation type that is used to take an object (text or graphic) into a moving state. There are different types of motion paths such as Circle, 4 and 6 Point Star, Funnel, Hexagon, Curvy Left, and others. Motion Path comes under the advanced animation category.

How can you add a motion path in MS PowerPoint?

You can add a motion path by following the below-given steps: 1. Select the text/image on which you need to apply the motion path. 2. Go to the Animation tab in the menu bar. 3. Click on 'Add Animation' with your object. 4. Scroll down and click on 'more motion paths'. 5. Choose any one and click on OK.

Why do we use the Zoom control in PowerPoint?

Users can zoom in and zoom out of the slide using the Zoom control. You can enable zoom between 10 to 400. This option is present at the bottom of the MS PowerPoint near the slide view.

Explain Live PowerPoint presentation.

The Live PowerPoint presentation feature is used for sharing and presenting the presentation to anyone across the globe. It is a free service that is only available for MS PowerPoint on the web. Based on the owner's permission, the viewer can download the presentation as well.

What is the difference between Slide Design and Auto Content Wizard?

Slide Design is a design format that does not provide any sample content whereas Auto Content Wizard provides sample content to all its users.

What is the use of making a single image out of multiple shapes?

When you copy and paste the diagram created out of multiple shapes, the objects of the diagram do not scatter on the slide and there is more clarity in the diagram.

What is the need for 'ordering of objects' in MS PowerPoint?

Ordering of objects is required whenever two or more objects are overlapping with each other. It can be changed in four ways including 'Bring the object forward', 'Bring to front', 'Bring the object backward' and 'Bring to back'. Through this technique, you don't need to move the object.

What are the shortcut keys for moving directly to the first and last slide of the presentation?

'Ctrl+ Home' takes you directly to the first slide and 'Ctrl+End' takes you to the last slide directly.

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