Death by PowerPoint is a much bandied-around saying that is hugely unfair to a very slick piece of software. It’s not the fault of PowerPoint that you had to sit through a boring presentation – it was surely the fault of the presenter themselves. In fact, PowerPoint does a lot to make most presentations more interesting, easier to understand and easier to grasp the salient points of the discussion. But PowerPoint isn’t all about creating learning materials and marking pitches – it has a range of other more creative uses, especially with the 2016 version taking it up a notch or two. Need to entertain your grandchildren? Then use PowerPoint to create a comic book using their favourite cartoon characters. Want to start plotting your family tree? PowerPoint’s SmartArt graphics can help you visualise your genealogy, making it simple to explain to other family members, no matter how complex the relationships are within your lineage.
PowerPoint 2016 has introduced additional features and streamlined certain actions to make it even more effective and impressive than its predecessor. You can now be even more creative with your use of Themes by using the variations to refine your design. Feedback, comments and questions can now be included using the Comments pane, making it even more useful for conferencing. Some functions have been automated to improve the speed with which you can come up with a really impressive look. For example, if you start entering bullet points, PowerPoint 2016 will suggest converting it into an attention-grabbing SmartArt graphic. If you found the 2013 version difficult to comprehend, the latest edition includes a much-improved help menu that gives you step-by-step advice on how to achieve your desired results. If you’ve always considered PowerPoint as just a tool for presentations, then now is the time to think outside the box and look at using it to its full capacity. As a collaborative way of sharing ideas amongst colleagues, PowerPoint is hard to beat. Similarly, if you need to help your children with their homework, why not use this adaptable application to create Flash cards to help them remember those finickity details that just don’t want to be remembered?