Updated: 01/31/2019 by Computer Hope

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. It is mostly used for business and school presentations. 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 or .pptx file extension.

Benefits of PowerPoint

PowerPoint provides multiple benefits to users, including the following.

  • Most popular presentation software, meaning it is more likely that other people will have PowerPoint software or a way to view PowerPoint files.
  • Many features available for slide creation, including slide transitions, animations, layouts, templates, and more.
  • Professional looking slides, great for educational and business presentations.
  • Option of saving slides as more than just a PowerPoint file, including GIF and JPG images, MPEG-4 video, PDF, RTF (rich text format), WMV (Windows Media Video), and PowerPoint XML.

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