It’s indispensable, it’s maddening. It’s revolutionary, it’s boring. It’s every training designer’s best friend and worst enemy — PowerPoint.

Love it or hate it, PowerPoint is one of the most commonly used tools for corporate trainers. But, as is the case with any such tool, its value lies in how its used. With that in mind, here are five of our most popular posts on how to create great training materials in PowerPoint.

1. Free PowerPoint Templates to Make Your Online Training More Memorable

Check out some free PowerPoint templates that can liven up just about any training program, courtesy of Trina Rimmer — from iPhone-inspired backgrounds to school chalkboards, these should do wonders to keep trainees from dozing off.

2. How to Solve PowerPoint’s 3 Biggest Problems with Presentations

How do I get a YouTube video to show up in PowerPoint? Where’d my fonts go? These questions just keep coming up. So we put together our own go-to FAQ section.

3. Creating Engaging Online Courses in PowerPoint

If you’re looking for a quick rundown on the basics of adding video, animation, or audio to a PowerPoint slideshow, check here for a play-by-play. A little extra knowledge can go a long way.

4. Four Free Tools to Help Get Your PowerPoint from Good to Great

If you’re past the basics of embedding a video and want to start getting really fancy with graphs, charts, screen captures, or word clouds, start taking advantage of some really cool, free tools available online. Here, we make sense of a few of the most popular ones.

5. 4 Ways to Expand Your PowerPoint Creativity

Have you ever considered using PPT for your resume? Or to design a Twitter background? Or a Facebook banner? Or a poster? Well, you can. Here’s how.

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