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One question that many people have is how to get PowerPoint on your computer. What usually happens is their boss asks them to do a presentation for work or a student is assigned to do a presentation for school and this poses a problem for them because their computer doesn’t have this software installed on it. Many people have never even heard of PowerPoint and they have no idea if their computer has the software on it.

To understand how to get PowerPoint on your computer, you first need to understand that it is a powerful program developed by Microsoft for the purpose creating professional looking slideshows and presentations. There was a time when virtually all computers came from the store with Microsoft Office installed on them. Unfortunately, that’s typically not the case anymore. As a matter of fact, it’s really quite rare for a computer to be delivered with Office installed on it these days. Instead, they come with a scaled down version called Office Starter. This software only provides users with a reduced functionality copy of Word and Excel.

So, what are you supposed to do if you are in desperate need of using PowerPoint in order to complete your assignment on time. Well, you have a few options. The first is to purchase a copy of Microsoft Office which will have this software bundled with it but you’re not going to like me much when I tell you that the price to purchase Office is $139 for the Office Home and Student 2010 version or $279.99 for the Office Professional 2010 version. Most people will probably find it difficult to justify that kind of expense for a program that they probably won’t use very often and I can’t say that I blame them.

Another option for those who don’t feel like forking over this kind of money to Microsoft is to download a trial version of Microsoft Office. At the moment, you can download a fully functional 30 day trail of Office which will include PowerPoint absolutely free. If this option sound nice to you, you can download the trail here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/try/.

The next option that I’m going to tell you about is my personal favorite. There is a FREE software package that is very similar to Microsoft Office called “Open Office”. It was developed and is supported by Sun Microsystems. One of the elements of this free software is a program called “Impress” that is very similar to PowerPoint. It’s even compatible with Microsoft’s version.

You might be wondering if it’s any good considering that this software is free. The answer to this question is a resounding, YES! I’ve used Open Office for years and I love it! In addition to this software being free, there are frequent updates available for you to download as the developers continue to improve upon the software. The advantage of using Open Office is that it’s completely free and there’s no annoying 60 day trial period that you have to deal with.

You can learn more about Open Office or download the software by clicking here: http://www.openoffice.org/

I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to show you how to get PowerPoint for free. I do, however, believe that I provided you with some good tips that will help you get a copy of PowerPoint or Impress that you can use long enough to complete your project.

I hope this article on my touch screen laptop website has been useful to you and that you’ll come back and see us when you have other computer questions.


  1. http://www.openoffice.org/
  2. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/

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