Here's a quick walkthrough of the PowerPoint 2016 interface -- the PowerPoint 2016 interface is quite similar to
PowerPoint 2016 opens with a Presentation Gallery as shown in Figure 1. The Presentation Gallery 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. Once you make
choices in this Presentation Gallery, you see the actual PowerPoint interface.
Figure 1: PowerPoint 2016 Presentation Gallery
Figure 2 shows a screenshot of the PowerPoint 2016 interface -- each part of the interface is explained later in this page.
Figure 2: PowerPoint 2016 interface
- File Menu and Backstage View: When you click the File menu, you see the
Backstage view that contains all the creation, save, share, and print options for your presentations, as shown in
Figure 3: File Menu leads to the Backstage View
- Quick Access Toolbar (QAT): Is a customizable toolbar placed by default above the
Ribbon -- here you can add icons for your often used commands. The QAT can also be placed
below the Ribbon.
- Ribbon: The Ribbon has tabs which in turn contain groups of buttons for various options -- some
groups also contain galleries (for example galleries for Themes and Theme Colors).
- Slides Pane: Located on the left side of the interface, the Slides pane
shows thumbnails of all the slides in the open presentation.
Note: If the Slides pane is not visible, click the Normal button in the View tab of the
- Slide Area: Displays the active slide.
- Task Pane: The 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 1, shown earlier on this page).
- 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 I).
- Notes Pane: Right below the active slide, this is where the speaker notes are written 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 Presenter view.
- 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.
- Reading View: Click this button to switch from any other view to Reading
- Slide Show: Show the presentation as a full screen slideshow from the current selected
slide. Shift-clicking brings up the Set Up Show dialog box.
- Mini Toolbar: This toolbar is not shown in the Figure 3, shown earlier on this page -- it's a semitransparent
floating toolbar that spawns right next to selected text -- hover the cursor upon it, and you can see the Mini Toolbar, as shown in
Figure 4. And, it is also available instantly with a right-click.
Figure 4: Mini Toolbar
Interface - PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
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
PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences:
PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007 and 2003 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 and 2011 for Mac
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