Interface - PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
A quick walkthrough of the PowerPoint 2010 interface will reveal all the new options such as the Backstage view.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Date Created: August 17th 2010
Last Updated: September 14th 2010
Figure 1 shows a screenshot of the PowerPoint 2010 interface -- each part of the interface is explained later in this page.
Figure 1: The PowerPoint 2010 interface
- File Menu and Backstage View: When you click the File menu (the equivalent of the Office Button in PowerPoint 2007), you see the new Backstage view that contains all the creation, save, share, and print options for your presentations, as shown in Figure 2. Learn more about the File Menu and Backstage View here...
Figure 2: File Menu leads to the Backstage View
- Quick Access Toolbar: Also known as the QAT, this is a customizable toolbar placed by default on the top of Ribbon -- you can add icons for your often used commands to this toolbar. The QAT can also be placed below the Ribbon. Learn
more about the Quick Access Toolbar here...
- 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). Learn
more about the Ribbon here...
- Slides/Outline Pane: Normally placed on
the left side of the interface, this pane contains two tabs -- the
Slides tab and the Outline tab. The Slides tab shows thumbnails
of all the slides in the open presentation. The Outline tab shows
the same slides in outline view. Learn
more about the Slides/Outline Pane here...
Note: If the Slides and Outline pane is not visible, click the Normal button in the View tab of the Ribbon.
- 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 7). Learn
more about the Status Bar here...
- Notes Pane: Directly below the active slide, this is
where you input speaker notes for the current slide. None of this
content is visible on the actual slide while presenting -- although
it is visible in both Notes Page view and Presenter view. Learn
more about the Notes Pane here...
Look at the PowerPoint 2010 Views page for more info on the Notes Page 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 View - Clicking this enables Normal view,
Shift-clicking this gets you to Slide Master view.
- Slide Sorter View - Clicking this displays zoomable
thumbnails of every slide in the open presentation. Shift-clicking
this button gets you to Handout Master view.
- Slide Show from current slide - Show the presentation
as a full screen slideshow from the current selected
slide. Shift-clicking brings up the Set Up Show dialog
box. Learn more about
PowerPoint views here...
- Normal View - Clicking this enables Normal view, Shift-clicking this gets you to Slide Master view.
- Slide Area: Displays the
active slide. Learn
more about the Slide Area
- 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 Clip Art button on the Insert tab of the Ribbon,
the Clip Art task pane opens (refer to Figure 1). Learn
more about the Task Pane...
- Mini Toolbar: This toolbar is not shown in the figure above -- it's a semitransparent floating toolbar that spawns right next to the cursor -- and it is also available instantly with a right-click. Learn more about the Mini Toolbar here...
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