Mini Toolbar in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Learn about the mini toolbar, and how it works in PowerPoint 2007.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista
Date Created: April 3rd 2008
Last Updated: February 26th 2009
The whole point in redesigning the interface in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 (and the other programs in Office 2007) was to make access to often used commands easier -- and to make users aware of the options available.
While the new interface already helps achieve that goal through the Office Button, Ribbon tabs, and the Quick Access Toolbar -- there's another useful interface option that lets you access options even quicker -- and that's the Mini Toolbar.
The Mini Toolbar is a semitransparent 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 2007 interface. It only pops up when some text is selected -- follow these steps to summon the Mini Toolbar:
- Create a new presentation or use any exiting presentation -- Figure 1 shows a new blank presentation in PowerPoint.
Figure 1: New presentation
- Type some text on the slide, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Text
- Now just select the text -- and you can see a semitransparent Mini Toolbar (see Figure 3 -- here the Mini Toolbar is almost transparent).
Figure 3: Select text to summon the Mini Toolbar
- To make the transparent Mini Toolbar visible, hover the cursor on top of the toolbar as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Mini Toolbar
As you can see in the figure 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.
Figure 5: Mini Toolbar
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