Making edits to your slide objects quickly can be an asset for your time -- but awesome slides are created painstakingly, and use a large amount
of time. Slide designers often play around with different fill options to make their slides look awesome -- or even make umpteen changes to how
their text appears. PowerPoint 2013 does provide most editing options to make these
alterations within the Ribbon tabs, and you can also populate your
Quick Access Toolbar with frequently used commands. Yet, all
of these involve moving your cursor above the Slide Area and back
continuously. While this may not really result in Carpal tunnel syndrome for your palms, it helps to know that PowerPoint 2013 also includes the
Mini Toolbar, a floating toolbar that spawns right next to the cursor -- and it is also available instantly with a right-click!
The Mini Toolbar is by nature unobtrusive -- and thus not visible all the time within the
PowerPoint 2013 interface. It only pops up when some text
- Create a new presentation or use any existing presentation -- you need a presentation with a slide populated with some text and/or other
slide objects. Figure 1 shows such a slide opened within PowerPoint 2013.
Figure 1: Slide with some text
- Select any text -- and you can see the Mini Toolbar, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Mini Toolbar
As you can see in Figure 2 above, the Mini Toolbar contains most of the text formatting options you may require -- it thus
saves you from accessing the Ribbon tabs each time you want to apply some text formatting. An alternative way to access the
Mini Toolbar is to right-click the selected text (see Figure 3) -- this brings up both the Mini Toolbar (the
toolbar on the top) and the right-click context menu at the same time.
Figure 3: Mini Toolbar accessed by right-clicking the selected text
However, the Mini Toolbar you see in Figure 3 is not the one you will always see -- based on the slide object you select, you
may see a different Mini Toolbar altogether! Let's explore more.
- In the previous step, our Mini Toolbar showed text formatting options since we right-clicked some text. Now select the text container
instead of the text -- to do so, click on the edge of your text container, and then right-click on the edge itself. This brings up a different
Mini Toolbar with Style, Fill, and Outline formatting options, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Mini Toolbar with Shape formatting options
- To use the options within the Mini Toolbar, just click any of the commands or buttons in the same way that you do with
similar options in the Ribbon.
Mini Toolbar in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Mini Toolbar in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Mini Toolbar in PowerPoint 2007 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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