Introduction

If I gave you a paintbrush and paint, could you paint a masterpiece?

Most likely you couldn’t, unless you were a trained artist.

Just like a paintbrush and paint, Microsoft PowerPoint is a tool. The tool doesn’t make the art; you do, through your skill and talent. Learning how to use PowerPoint is the secret to making effective presentations and learning materials.

PowerPoint epitomizes the term ubiquitous. The number of PowerPoint users is mind-blowing—even if the only available data are outdated. Robert Gaskins (n.d.), the founder of PowerPoint, wrote that in 2003, more than 500 million PowerPoint users worldwide were making more than 30 million presentations every day. These numbers are still widely circulated and have not been ...

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