Learn about the Slide Area in PowerPoint 2016, and what you can do to make your slide editing easier and more productive.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher
Many new changes have happened within PowerPoint 2016 and several other versions released in the past. However, one thing that has not changed in the last 20 years is PowerPoint's tri-paned interface! So why is the interface called tri-paned -- are there three distinct regions within the PowerPoint 2016 interface? Yes -- the Slide area is one of three principal regions in PowerPoint 2016 -- the other two are the Slides Pane and the Notes Pane.
The Slide area comprises everything within the in red highlighted region as shown within
Figure 1. This is the area where you work the most, typically through adding and editing slide objects.
Figure 1: Slide area within PowerPoint 2016 interface
The Slide area includes three elements, as marked in Figure 1, above:
We discuss each of these individual interface elements next.
This is the actual slide where you can add slide objects such as text, pictures, charts, etc. When you use
Slide Show view to display your PowerPoint presentation, you only get
to see objects that are placed within this area.
You normally click on a text placeholder and type some text to replace the dummy text in the placeholder, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Add text in an existing text placeholder
PowerPoint provides three extra interface features that help in placing the elements properly on the slide. These are part of the slide area but you'll not be able to see them until they are activated.
This is the grey area behind the slide -- although any objects you place here can be edited and animated, they won't show up in Slide Show
This makes the Workspace a convenient place to store stuff that you might want to use later -- or maybe slide object animate from the Slide Workspace into the actual Slide! Also any sound objects you place in the Workspace plays -- fortunately, sound is only heard and not seen!
Figure 3 shows a slide that has objects within the actual Slide and in the extended Slide Workspace.
Figure 3: A slide object placed outside the Slide in the Workspace
There are two scroll bars:
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