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PowerPoint logoSometimes abbreviated as PP or PPT, PowerPoint is a Microsoft presentation software program that creates a slide show of important notes to display during a presentation. The picture below is an example of what Microsoft PowerPoint looks like and a description of each of the major areas in PowerPoint noted in red.

PowerPoint example

Microsoft PowerPoint

Powerpoint slides can be plain with only text, or they can include pictures and even animation, including moving text and images. Text can be formatted in the same way as text can be formatted in Microsoft Word, including color, size, and font type.

While the look and feel of Powerpoint has changed over the years, the functionality has remained mostly the same.

Tip: A Microsoft PowerPoint file is saved as a .ppt file extension.

Also see: Notes Pane, Office, Presentation program, Transition