4 Uncommon Uses of PowerPoint

You use PowerPoint to create presentations… boring! If you are in the mood to learn something new, read on because this post is all about using PowerPoint in varied ways in order to maximize its potential.

1. PowerPoint to create Artwork

Beautiful art work, so life like that it seems like a work of art from an established painter – but it’s been created on a computer. No, not on Photoshop but on PowerPoint!

Using PowerPoint to create Artwork

PowerPoint is also something you can create 3D art with. Interested? Here’s a how-to tutorial by Jerry Lee.

While on the topic of PowerPoint and art, have you heard of David Byrne? He has been creating art on PowerPoint for years, and his work has been displayed in galleries and art museums. Have a look at his PowerPoint art here

2. PowerPoint for resumes

MS Word resumes, badly formatted ones at that can really hurt the assessor’s eyes. How about a PPT resume? You can either create a set of slides for computer viewing, or format a resume in PPT that can be printed out to look better than any document software can churn out.

Tutorial to create a printable resume in PPT

In case you want to share your resume online, here’s another cool way of creating a 3d resume in PowerPoint

A 3D PowerPoint resume for online sharing

3. PowerPoint to create movies and animation

I am not talking about using a plug-in or converting PPT to SWF format here. No. This is about using PowerPoint as-is, and creating a movie with it.

Here’ a Wikihow article to get you started on animations like this

4. PowerPoint for brainstorming and collaboration

According to writer Tammy Andrews PowerPoint is a great collaboration and brainstorming tool within a group, say a training session or a research group. As a collaboration tool, the leader or trainer can distribute the original file with each slide containing one idea or question. Participants can then put their name in, save it appropriately and put in their own ideas.

A group of people collaborate and brainstorm using PowerPoint

Similarly, a brainstorming session could be organized with each participant having his or her own file, each slide focused on a particular problem. The group is then given a time limit and has to enter their ideas into the relevant slides before the time is up. These slides can be individually discussed within the group, and then they can be merged together to create a master file

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