Byte Me: Using PowerPoint 231 The Least You Need to Know · PowerPoint is Microsoft software that creates presentations, slides, handouts, speaker's notes, and out- lines. It includes sounds, pictures, and animation. · To operate PowerPoint, start with toolbars--buttons that activate the commands. · PowerPoint has five views from which you can choose to create and edit your slides. · Wizards let you easily create slides by clicking on the desired options and letting PowerPoint do all the formatting.