The interface of PowerPoint 2016 for Mac is quite similar to that of
PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.
Here's a quick walkthrough:
When launched, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac opens the Microsoft PowerPoint window as shown in Figure 1.
The Microsoft PowerPoint window provides several ways to start your next presentation using a template, a Theme, a
recent presentation, a not-so-recent presentation, or even a blank presentation.
Figure 1: Microsoft PowerPoint window
Once you make choices within the Microsoft PowerPoint window, you see the actual PowerPoint 2016 for Mac interface,
as shown in Figure 2 -- each part of the interface is explained later on this page.
Figure 2: PowerPoint 2016 for Mac interface
- Close, Minimize, and Restore: There are three buttons on the top-left corner of the PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
- The first button is the Close button, used to close PowerPoint.
- Second button is to Minimize PowerPoint.
- Third button is to Restore the PowerPoint interface window to the previous size when it is in fullscreen mode, and
- File: When you click the File button, the Microsoft PowerPoint window opens, that
you saw in Figure 1 earlier on this page. However, the options you get to see may differ depending upon the selections you
made previously in that window.
- Ribbon: The Ribbon has tabs which in turn contain groups of various options -- some groups also contain galleries
(for example galleries for Themes, Animations etc.).
- Slides Pane: Located on the left side of the interface, the Slides pane shows thumbnails of all the
slides in the open presentation.
- Slide Area: Displays the active slide.
- Format Task Pane: The Format Task Pane contains more options and appears when you choose an option
in one of the Ribbon tabs. For example if you click the Format Background button within the
Design tab of the Ribbon, the Format Background task pane opens (refer to
Figure 2, shown earlier on this page). You can also select a slide object and access More Options from
Format menu to open the Format Task Pane.
- Status Bar: A horizontal strip that provides information about the opened presentation like slide number, applied
Theme, etc. It also includes the view and zoom options. The View buttons are explained later in this page (see point
- Notes Pane: Right below the active slide, this is where the Speaker Notes are input for the current slide. Note that
none of this content is visible on the actual slide while presenting -- although it is visible in both Notes Page view and
- View Buttons: Essentially there are three view buttons on the Status Bar displayed towards the left
of the zoom-in and zoom-out options:
- Normal: If you are in some other view such as Slide Sorter
view, click the Normal button on the Status Bar to switch to Normal view. Shift-clicking this button
gets you to Slide Master view.
- Slide Sorter: Click this button to switch from any other view to Slide Sorter view. The
Slide Sorter view displays zoom-able thumbnails of every slide in the open presentation. Shift-clicking this button
gets you to Handout Master view.
- Slide Show: Show the presentation as a full screen Slideshow from the current selected slide. Shift-clicking this
button brings up the Set Up Show dialog box.
Interface - PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Interface - PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Interface - PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Interface - PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Interface - PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Interface - PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows
Office 2011 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies
If you liked this tutorial, do look at this book, authored by Geetesh Bajaj and James Gordon.
This book is the single most comprehensive content for Microsoft's latest Office suite offering for Mac users.
Check the book on Amazon.com...