Posts tagged: PowerPoint

PowerPoint Action Buttons

1 July 2015

A student recently came back from a conference enthusing to me about a “the best PowerPoint presentation he’d ever seen”. Turns out the presenter had used PowerPoint’s Action Buttons feature to create easy links from each slide back to the start page.

Action Buttons are built-in button shapes that you can add to a presentation. They link to another slide, play a sound, or perform some other action. When someone clicks or moves over the button, the selected action will occur.  This makes them really useful for self-running presentations but they also work if you’re delivering a presentation. If you insert an action button that shows up on every slide you can link back to a specific slide, like the title page or table of contents. read more

Are you ready for your Microsoft Office Specialist Exam?

2 March 2015

Wow! Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 (MOS) candidates have achieved an impressive 92% pass rate so far this year.

So, if you’ve registered for MOS but haven’t got around to trying the software yet, why not take a practice test today and see how you do. You might surprise yourself with how much you already know!

The GMetrix practice tests give you a clear idea of what to expect in a real exam, and when you score over 70% then you’re ready to book a place on an exam session. And of course, you don’t have to sit an exam for every application – which is ideal, if you only want to be certified for one or two applications. read more

Online IT courses

23 February 2015

Ever wanted to learn more about Excel, Word or PowerPoint? Now the University is offering you the chance to brush up your skills, for absolutely free, online.

Short courses include Excel Pivot Tables and Macros, how to format a dissertation in Word and how to add media to PowerPoint, among many others. The full range of courses covers:

  • Access
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Project
  • SharePoint
  • Word

All you need is your University email to log on. Access the elearning from here: read more

Get the MOS out of Microsoft

28 December 2014


The Library is offering all students the opportunity of gaining Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2010 certification – for free. This is an industry recognised qualification that shows you have proven IT skills – in demand in a competitive job market.

But it’s not just about getting a qualification for your CV. In working towards MOS certification you’ll find yourself tapping into the full capabilities of Microsoft Office, enabling you to complete university assignments and projects with greater confidence and efficiency. read more

Create a PowerPoint poster

15 May 2014

Here’s how to set up PowerPoint to start making a research poster, plus some examples of posters for inspiration.

1. Open a new PowerPoint presentation.
2. From the Home tab, select a blank slide:

insert a blank slide

3. Now go to the Design tab, and click Page Setup. Check what size your poster is to be printed at, and change the size of your slide to the size of the eventual poster: for example, A1 size is 59.4cms x 84.1 cms

 page set up box

4. Here’s a great example to inspire your designs: