Productivity Suite

QM4 PowerPoint: Advanced Features

11. Powerful Presentations




As you may have discovered, there are many different menus and tools on the PowerPoint toolbar. This Quest will focus on some more advanced features that include alignment, animation, bullets, grouping objects, slide layout, special effects with images and pictures, and transitions. You will be learning through the tutorials, trying them out, and then sharing what you have learned with others.

I Can Statements

  • collaborate to create a presentation
  • understand and be able to apply some advanced features to a presentation


Alignment: This refers to how the text flows in relation to the page or table cell. The text may be aligned left, right, center, or justified (spacing is adjusted between words to be equally between right and left borders).

Animation: This refers to effects that can be applied to text or objects on the slide so that they show some type of movement.

Animation sequence: When animations are formatted to do an action automatically after, before, or simultaneously with another action.

Bullets (in formatting): This refers to the graphical characters, numbers, or symbols docs that are used to identify a list of items.

Drop-shadow: A visual effect where it appears there is a shadow of the object or textbox to look three-dimensional.

Layout: Slide layouts contain formatting, positioning, and placeholders for all of the content that appears on a slide.

Reflection: An effect that creates a mirror image or part of the image is a reflection of the other part.

Review Menu: This menu a variety of tools that include a spelling check, an accessibility check, and a translation option.

Speaker Notes: A Google slide feature that is a text box located below the slide to enter text to remember talking points for a presentation.

Transition: Transitions are animation-like effects that occur in Slide Show view when you move from one slide to the next during an on-screen presentation.

Play the Vocabulary Game to practice the Key Vocabulary. 

You can change the Quiz mode to Match, Test, Learn, Flash Cards, Spell using the selection list at the bottom right of the activity that says "Choose a Study Mode." Direct Link


1. Options to get started:

  • Download this 11.QM4 Practice PowerPoint file and and upload it to your OneDrive folder, or save to use with your PowerPoint Desktop app.
    • You can follow along with the 11 minute Practice videos provided below.
  • Open the practice presentation you created in Quest 3 or create a new blank one and try applying the effects listed in the Student Checklist.
  • Use the Microsoft and 21t4s Resources in the content box below.

2. Experiment as you practice applying the different special features listed in the  the Student Checklist.

The practice file is locate in Step 1 if you want to follow along with the video. You can pause the video while you follow along, or use the bookmarks to locate the part of the video that shows the feature and play it.


The practice file is located in Step 1 if you want to follow along with the video. This video is divided into two parts. You can pause the video while you follow along, or use the bookmarks to locate the part of the video that shows the feature and play it.

Part 1: This video shows how to align and group objects, reorder and layer objects, add bullets and numbers to lists, change slide layouts, and animate objects with timing.

This is the Part 2 video tutorial showing how to align and group objects, reorder and layer objects, add bullets and numbers to lists, change slide layouts, and animate objects with timing.


These are some very short tutorials from Microsoft support and a few short 21t4s videos:

Align and arrange

Group and layer objects

Bullets and numbers

Slide Layouts

Animate text or objects on a slide.

Special effects with images

Add a background picture

Add a Border

  • Both the Online Browser version of PowerPoint and the Desktop App will let you edit an object or picture and change the border.
  • PowerPoint Office online select the picture or shape, (Picture editing tab will appear) and use the Shape Outline dropdown to select the color, weight (line thickness) for a border.
  • The PowerPoint App has many more options shown in the short video below (6 min).
  • Here are the steps:

Direct link to the video.

Arrange, rotate and flip objects

Record your screen and embed it on a slide

Speaker Notes: Add speaker notes to your slides to help you remember what you want to say, or questions to ask your audience when presenting.


Have some fun with Transitions!

  • Go to your own Slide and then scroll down to Transition on the Slide menu.
  • A transition is how the slides move from one slide to the next.
  • View the short video below and try a few transitions. These are somewhat different in the Desktop app versus online versions.

    PDF transcript of this video

Add transitions Microsoft tutorial

How to Morph Transitions


3. Caution, once you have tried out these different effects and features, remember that it is important to keep your message or topic the primary thing your audience will remember, and not that it had text or objects flying around, fancy transitions or text too hard to read. Use the features purposefully to make your points. If you are doing a report on planets or transportation, then some moving objects may help make a point standout. 

4. Decide if you want to add any special features to your planned presentation and if working with a partner or group review each of your slides to see that the effects used support your message or topic.

Completing this Quest

Once you have completed your edits and you and your teammates are satisfied, check with your teacher for approval to proceed to the next Quest and learn about different ways to present and publish your presentation. 

  Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

  Ready for Quest QM5 Present, Publish & Share

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes
c. Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

6. Creative Communicator
c. Communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations
d. Publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for a variety of audiences

7. Global Communicator
b. With guidance from an educator, students use technology tools to work with friends and with people outside their neighborhood, city and beyond
c. Contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal