Most people think of PowerPoint as a visual aid for a live presentation. But there are so many other ways that people use PowerPoint.
Here are some of them:
- Create marketing videos
- Edit photos
- Create graphics (ads, icons, buttons, infographics) for a website
- Find and compose blog post images (like the one for this blog post)
- Create images for a Word document
- Design social media branding, such as Facebook timeline covers, Twitter layouts, YouTube channels
- Create animated text videos
- Create training videos
- Create e-books and reports (converted to PDF for print and download)
- Use as a visual aid for webinars
- Create posters
- Create visual resumes
- Design marketing brochures
Can you think of more uses? Leave a comment!
My 500th post!
I’m pleased to announce that this is my 500th post! Have you found useful content on this blog? What would you like to see that you haven’t found?
Thanks for all you do! Happy 500th!
Well another uses for power point:
Make live presentations (it does not appear on the list)
Virtual Meetings (using hangouts on air)
Great article. Congratulations.
Thanks for sharing.
Weddings. Photo album of couple.
I just started experimenting with creating squeeze pages and one page sales pages for websites using Powerpoint. I saw that most of the WSOs on the Warrior Forum were just graphics pages with no text so I used that as a model and found it works really well if you use Powerpoint. Much easier than buying these expensive programs or WP plugins to make squeeze or sales pages – all that I purchased were either expensive, difficult to use or complicated. I do a screen capture of my header and then just create the graphics for the rest of the… Read more »
We have created tests using PowerPoint and still use tests with screen prints using macros to show the correct answer and give a score at the end.
I use it as a white space for testing color pallets and font styles used in a cohesive solution. It’s a design tool.
I have no problem using PPt for almost any graphic problem I might run into, from final product to sketch. I love being able to just crack it open and format it for any page size I might need and go from there. I know, it’s not Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign but none the less it’s like having an imperfect tool kit, so deep, you know there’s tools you’ll never need until you do.
And Happy 500th.
And they keep on getting better!!
Charles, can you give me a link? I’d love to see an example of a squeeze page and sales page done with PowerPoint. And how do you code the opt-in form using the image you create in PowerPoint? I’m glad that you’re getting great value!
Yes, I forgot to mention tests–thanks for bringing it up. It’s a great use for PowerPoint!
Mickey, those are great ideas. I agree that PowerPoint makes a useful — and easy-to-use — design tool
I just thought of another use — greeting cards. I’ve used PowerPoint to create birthday and New Year’s cards — often animated.
Thanks, Tom! I agree that you can use PowerPoint for almost any graphic problem. When I go into Photoshop, I almost always get frustrated.
Wilma, that’s a great point! I’ve used PowerPoint to make photo albums. The photo album feature is the fastest way to get multiple images into PowerPoint. I create PowerPoint photo albums when I go on major trips to far away places.
Jesus, do you use PowerPoint specifically with Google hangouts?
Thanks Byron! Maybe feeling a little old
Ellen, congratulations on reaching 500 posts! They have been awesome to read and I appreciate your time in sharing. You’ve impacted my presentation style tremendously and the feedback from those sessions has been really positive. PowerPoint is my “go-to” program for students with severe physical and speech disabilities. I scan picture books in for them to access independently via switches and utilize some of the more advanced animation features to give access to other academic tasks. I use it to enlarge and sharpen text for kids with vision impairments, to read narration for non-readers, to teach targeting skills to students… Read more »
Ellen, congratulations on reaching 500 posts! I am writing my book “Presentaciones Revolucionarias” using PowerPoint as a book editor.
I’ve enjoyed all the ideas so far. Here are some other uses that I use PowerPoint for. Self running photo albums for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, funerals. Some of funeral homes charge $250 for this service. Along the same vein, I make self-running ‘flash cards’ of students pictures with them holding their names (like a nice mug shot) to quickly learn their names for a new semester or for working with a new youth group. I can quickly refresh my memory just before I see them again or print them out as handouts to ‘cheat’ in class. Hyperlinked games. Making personalized… Read more »
We use PPT in conjunction with Easy Worship (presentation software) at our church for pre-service announcements. We use animations on most slides. The transitions are timed and the presentation is looped. The result is that less time is spent on announcements from the pulpit.
Congratulations on reaching such an impressive milestone – you’re doing great work and I wish you much continuing success!
One of the additional things I’ve used PowerPoint for is creating memorial programs for funeral services. There are plenty of other programs for this, but PowerPoint is more ubiquitous and easier to edit if needed.
Thanks as always for all you have done for the PowerPoint community!
Congratulations Ellen. Happy 500th!
Other things I use Powerpoint for:
Meeting materials (table tents, posters, directional signs)
Wedding and family functions video loops
Performers’ Postcards, Show Song Lists, Flyers
Interactive Games (Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, etc.)
Visual aid for Teaching various subjects
Web site design comps
On and on…
Actually, many things can be done right in Powerpoint that are done in Illustrator and InDesign. Many, not all, of course. And if used in conjunction with both Illustrator, Photoshop, and other vector creating software, Powerpoint rocks.
Again, Happy 500th!
Prototyping user interfaces
Creating cards : personnal, professionnal, new year, animated new year card; tutorials
Congrats on 500!
I’d like to point out that the value of advice and guidance from PowerPoint experts will depend heavily on assumptions about how PowerPoint is actually being used. For example, it makes a lot of difference whether there is an actual presenter involved.
Another example of PowerPoint usage is collaboration – collecting ideas, brainstorming, etc. My own humble ideas on the uses of PowerPoint can be found at http://wp.me/pFbc7-4D.
I agree that the advice given should depend on the use. Of course, those of us giving advice online usually don’t know how our readers are using PowerPoint. I especially like the idea of using PowerPoint as a collaborative tool. Using the online version could be especially helpful for this — instead of passing around files via email.
Peter, I’ve also used PowerPoint to create a mock-up of a website to give to a web designer.
I used to use Power Point as the framework for exams and for students creating a single Power Point that is “really” them.
Congratulations Ellen! You offer so much value in your blog posts and courses!
Beat wishes for the 1000th blog celebration.
Power point also good tool for presenting time related activities in procurement or contract administration
I Thank you