Ribbon Preferences in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn about preferences that allow you to customize your Ribbon in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
Working with the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2011 is intuitive to a very large extent -- and it certainly involves a little more than just learning to minimize and maximize the Ribbon tabs. In fact, you can customize to the extent of hiding the entire Ribbon altogether -- or changing the Ribbon tab color from orange and a more muted gray. You can also show or hide group headings within individual tabs etc., as explained below:
- Launch PowerPoint. Click the Ribbon dialog launcher button (highlighted in red within
Figure 1) on the extreme right edge of the Ribbon -- this looks like a gear. From the resultant
menu, select the Ribbon Preferences option, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Select the Ribbon Preferences option
- This opens the PowerPoint Preferences dialog box including the Ribbon editing options marked
in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Ribbon editing options within PowerPoint Preferences dialog box
All Ribbon editing options within PowerPoint Preferences dialog box are broadly divided into two categories named General and Customize. These options are explained below, as marked in Figure 2, above:
- Turn on the ribbon: Deselecting this check-box will completely turn off the Ribbon. To turn on
the Ribbon again, summon the PowerPoint Preferences dialog box by selecting the PowerPoint
| Preferences menu option, select the Ribbon tab of this dialog box, and
select the same Turn on the Ribbon check-box again.
- Expand ribbon when presentation opens: When this check-box is selected, the entire Ribbon is
visible when a document is open. When deselected, only the Ribbon tabs are displayed when a document is open.
You must click on
any of the tabs to see the entire Ribbon thereafter.
- Hide group titles: Select this check-box to turn-off the group names (highlighted in red within
Figure 3, below) within the Ribbon tabs. In Figure 3, the top portion shows the Ribbon
when Hide group titles check-box is not selected (the default option). Contrast this with the
bottom portion of Figure 3, which shows the Ribbon when the same check-box is selected.
Figure 3: Selecting the Hide group titles check-box hides the group titles
- Appearance: Within the selection box, you can choose between either PowerPoint Orange
(the application theme for PowerPoint) or Graphite for the Ribbon tabs.
Figure 4, below shows the Ribbon tabs sporting a Graphite theme (compare with
Figure 3, above).
Figure 4: Change the color of your Ribbon tabs
- Show or hide tabs, or drag them into the order you prefer: Here, all Ribbon tabs are arranged
in a list (highlighted in blue within Figure 2, above). This is the same sequence of tabs that you
see within the actual Ribbon.
Select or deselect the check-boxes associated with the individual tabs to show or hide the particular tab on the Ribbon. You can also drag the individual tabs in this list to reorder them on the Ribbon.
Note: Do remember that you can neither hide nor reorder the Home tab, as indicated by its greyed out status. Also, by default the Developer tab is hidden as indicated by the deselected status of its check-box. You can turn it on any time as explained in our Enable the Developer Tab in the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.
- Turn on the ribbon: Deselecting this check-box will completely turn off the Ribbon. To turn on the Ribbon again, summon the PowerPoint Preferences dialog box by selecting the PowerPoint | Preferences menu option, select the Ribbon tab of this dialog box, and select the same Turn on the Ribbon check-box again.
- Make customizations as required and click the OK button within the PowerPoint Preferences dialog box. Now, the PowerPoint Ribbon will reflect customizations you opted for.
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