2 – PowerPoint

UP 3 places in 2022

PowerPoint is Microsoft’s versatile presentation tool

Website: microsoft.com/powerpoint
Cost: Commercial. Free trial
Availability: Download. Online at Office365

Rankings in the previous surveys: 

2021: 4 2020: 4 2019: 3 2018: 2 2017: 3 2016: 4 2015: 5 2014: 6
2013: 5 2012: 8 2011:  19 2010: 21 2009: 13 2008: 8 2007: 5

Comments on PowerPoint in 2022

“It is not dead ! 🙂 Still powerful when you use it ever day” Philippe, Marketing Manager, France

“PowerPoint has been adding a lot of new capabilities lately. Which, taken in combination with amazing enhancements like BrightSlide, make it an attractive tool for digital projects including motion graphics, videos, ebooks and more.” Mike Taylor, Learning Design & Technology Consultant, USA

” I develop quick’n’dirty slides for multiple teaching & communication purposes. It’s my default when I do not have the bandwidth to learn another app. I have my students use PPT to create infographics and e-booklets.” Karen Caldwell, University educator and consultant, Canada

“Unbelievably useful graphics tool, oh, and it can also be used to make slides for presentations.” Miriam de Jonge, Product lead for a global training product, USA

“What else is there to say about PowerPoint? Couldn’t do my job well without it.” Director of Performance and Development, USA

“When I am not creating eLearning, I use PPT to create training. I also sometimes use it to create visuals that are too complicated to create in Word. I find PPT to be a great way to communicate a message in a creative and engaging way.” Erin Clarke, Learning & Development Manager, USA

“I’m not sure this one needs much of an explanation. How many instructor-led training programs have you attended over the past five years that didn’t include some sort of PowerPoint slides?” Brian Washburn, CEO Endurance Learning, USA

“For all that it is a much maligned tool, PowerPoint is still a regular part of my toolbox. I use it to create mock-ups of elearning layouts and occasionally for basic image editing. I used it to create the presentations for my Build Your Branching Scenario course. As I regularly speak at conferences and online events, I also use PowerPoint to create slides for those sessions.” Christy Tucker, Learning Experience Design Consultant, USA

Previous comments on PowerPoint

“PowerPoint has been adding a lot of new capabilities lately. Which, taken in combination with amazing enhancements like BrightSlide, make it an attractive tool for digital projects including motion graphics, videos, ebooks and more.” Mike Taylor, Consultant, USA, 2021

“PowerPoint reminds me of WordPress in some ways. It was meant for one thing at the very beginning but has become a quick and easy tool to generate design mockups, infographics, and so much more. I guarantee that most of the functions I use it for could be done better by another tool. But I can work fast in PowerPoint because I use it enough.” Tim Waxenfelter, USA, 2021

“Death by PowerPoint is always a risk, but it’s still a great tool to make things clear. We also are looking at Storytemple to integrate with PowerPoint” L&D, Netherlands, 2021

“It’s ubiquitous and great for nearly everything except tracking user input and working effectively online with all of its features.” Digital Learning Developer, UK, 2021

“It has so much features that once discovered make your life easier. My latest discovery was the selection pane and whyy did it take me so long to find it?!” Olga Anishenkova, eLearning Design Team Lead, Spain, 2021

“I may be the only person on my team who puts PowerPoint on their list. I still find myself opening good ol’ PowerPoint with regular frequency. I use PowerPoint most often as a tool to storyboard eLearning ideas (since Storyline is essentially fancy PowerPoint). I also occasionally find myself in front of virtual audiences and need to use PowerPoint creatively to engage learners.” Lauren Westcott, L&D Manager, USA, 2021

“For all that it is a much maligned tool, PowerPoint is still a regular part of my toolbox. I use it to create mock-ups of elearning layouts and occasionally for basic image editing. As I regularly speak at conferences and online events, I also use PowerPoint to create slides for those sessions.” Christy Tucker, USA, 2021

“Still the tried and true, but with all the new drawing tools, sometimes it’s just easier to make simple icons in PowerPoint vs. that other HUGE illustration program. It’s easy to use, and easy to create content, especially by others outside of L&D.” Kely McKeown, Senior Manager, Corporate Global Training and Systems, USA, 2021

“A versatile tool that can be used for many purposes, not just presentations. Image editing, print design and more.” Learning Technology Developer, USA, 2020

“For presentations but also for infographics” Sacha Bos, Project Coordinator, Netherlands, 2020

“I use PowerPoint not only to create presentations, but also to design graphics that I save and use in tools to create elearning modules. I see PowerPoint as an easy graphic design and photo editing tool.” Training Manager, Switzerland, 2020

“Increasingly, I am using Powerpoint not just to design workshops and lectures, but to create assignments for students.” Aaron Johannes, Instructor / Consultant / Researcher, Canada, 2020

“PowerPoint is another tried and tested tool for me. Beyond slide decks and presentations, I use it for graphics, print projects, videos and more. Microsoft has been adding tons of great updates and it just keeps getting better and better.” Mike Taylor, USA, 2020

“surprisingly versatile and realiabl. Transfers into Storyline seemlessly” Alnisha Simmons, Instructional designer/Lecturer/e-Learning Developer, Bermuda, 2020

“Powerpoint is a go-to tool for me to use for so many different tasks, such as saving screenshots as image files, creating nifty (and simple) graphics for use in eLearning, and it’s capability for video recording, etc.” Susan Manos, Global Learning & Development Director, USA, 2020

“While I’ve experimented with other services (especially Google Slides) I always find myself returning to PowerPoint because it’s an exceptional authoring environment. For me, it’s not just a place where I author presentations (though I do, a lot) it’s also the place where I create most of my graphics; the ‘insert shapes’ tool allows me to create pretty much anything I need, without the need for a separate application.” Stephen Downes, Canada, 2020

“When it comes to producing stuff (i.e. resources), I now believe in keeping things as simple as possible; I don’t over-engineer content. I find that I can quickly create effective content using basic tools like Word and PowerPoint. At the end of the day, the people I create the content for are adults and don’t need trivial or gratuitous “bells and whistles” to be encouraged to read the stuff – they just want the content.” Jane Hart, UK, 2020

Quick Guide to PowerPoint 

Here you will find some basic guidance and links to resources on how to use PowerPoint for teaching, training, learning and development.

Many individuals make use of PowerPoint as a presentation tool for personal and professional purposes

In the workplace and in education PowerPoint lies been at the heart of much training and e-learning. Unfortunately this has led to “death by PowerPoint” as students and trainees have to endue PowerPoint-drive lectures and training. PowerPoint is also the basis of a lot of e-learning as many authoring tools work with PowerPoint presentations –  but, this can too easily lead to the production of lengthy, “click-next” e-learning with trivial interactions that people find boring and frustrating. However, PowerPoint is a very versatile tool and be used to create many different types of resources. So think differently about what you create with it. Here are some possibilities.

A simple one-slide job aid – if you don’t want to use a graphics design  tool.

A one-slide clickable resource using hyperlinks to external resources

A linear set of slides that are run in slideshow mode (with or without a narration) that might act more like a screencast

An interactive tutorial that involves branching to different slides as desired/needed by the user. See Making PowerPoint Interactive with Hyperlinks

What else can you create with PowerPoint? Here are 30 amazing things you can do and create in PowerPoint. It includes checklists, logos, calendars, and so on.

Further resources


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