Beyond Slide Decks, 5 Surprising Uses for PowerPoint

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Social Media Graphics with PowerPoint

When posting to Facebook or Twitter, it can help to add an image.  These images make the post stand out and get more people to visit your website or contact you.  You can simply do a background colour with some text, or add text to an image by using the image as a background. This is also useful if you want to share more than 140 characters in one tweet.  When you save the slide, you can save it as a JPEG file.

Quick Sign with PowerPoint

Make a quick sign with PowerPoint

To make a quick sign, just use the title slide.  You can add text and insert shapes like arrows above.  

Easy to edit flowchart with PowerPoint

Easy to edit Flowchart

Sometimes you need to make a diagram to explain something.  Mind maps and flowcharts can be useful.  In the Home ribbon in PowerPoint in the drawing section you can add shapes.  Just click on the shapes to add text to them.  You can resize the shapes and change the background colour and text colour.  You can also add arrows between the shapes.  If you save the file as a .pptx file as well as a JPEG, you can share the JPEG on social or add it to documents, but you can go back to the .pptx file and change the text and arrangement for later.  

Large Format Poster with PowerPoint

Large display posters

If you need to design a large display poster for a shop, office or tradeshow, you can do it with PowerPoint.  The slide will print well no matter what size it is

Website Wireframe with PowerPoint

Wireframe or Prototype?

While making a finished website is beyond PowerPoint, you can design a rough outline of what your site will look like.  This can be useful to get the ball rolling with a designer, or to discuss options internally.  If you insert a link in a slide, you can have the destination as another slide.  This feature can make the presentation behave a bit like a website.  You can also design an app or a piece of software in the same way.