If you have ever given a presentation, you’ve probably used Microsoft PowerPoint. This program was first created by Robert Gaskins and Dennis Austin for Macintosh computers, and it was released on April 20, 1987. Three months after the program’s debut, Microsoft bought it for $14 million. Today, it is used widely for business meetings, presentations, and education. Here are some of the most important things to know about PowerPoint. Listed below are some of the features of Microsoft PowerPoint.
When making a presentation, you can add visuals, tables, and charts with ease. To insert photos and other visuals, simply click the Insert SmartArt button. You can also insert videos from YouTube or embed codes into a presentation. The only drawback to inserting visuals is that they can get lost in the presentation if you don’t know where to place them. Instead, using PowerPoint’s SmartArt feature, you can insert a single photo, multiple images, or a video from a file.
For Mac users, you can access PowerPoint from the Finder sidebar, or from the Applications folder. Search for PowerPoint in the upper right corner and choose “Add a Presentation.” To access the app, you need to have a Microsoft account or qualifying subscription for Office 365. Afterwards, you can download PowerPoint Online and view presentations. This subscription automatically renews itself 24 hours before the expiration date of your current subscription. If you wish to cancel your subscription, you can do so in your App Store account settings.