Slide Area in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Learn about the slide area in PowerPoint 2007, and what you can do to make your slide editing easier and more productive.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista
The Slide area comprises everything in the highlighted area shown in Figure 1. To learn more about the rest of the PowerPoint 2007 interface, see here...
Figure 1: Slide area
- The Slide
- The Slide Workspace
- The Scrollbars
- The Rulers
We discuss each of these individual interface elements in this article.
This is the actual slide were you can add slide objects such as text, pictures, charts, etc. to create a presentation. When you present your PowerPoint presentation as a Slide Show, it only shows objects 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
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 mode.
This makes the Workspace a convenient place to store stuff that you might want to use later -- or maybe a slide objects animates from the Slide Workspace into the actual Slide!
Figure 3 shows a slide that has objects both within the actual Slide and in the Slide Workspace.
Figure 3: A slide object placed outside the Slide in the Workspace
There are two scroll bars -- the horizontal and vertical scroll bars.
The vertical scroll bar, placed towards the right of the slide is always visible while the horizontal slide bar only shows up when you zoom your slide to a larger view.
The vertical scroll bar can be used to navigate from one slide to the other -- to move forward and backward from one slide to the other, click one of the double-headed arrows at the bottom of the vertical scroll bar as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Scroll Bar
You can also drag the handle box in the vertical scroll bar and move up or down to navigate several slides at a time.
Just like the scroll bars, there are two rulers: the Horizontal ruler and the Vertical ruler.
While both rulers are used for positioning and creating guides, the Horizontal ruler can be used for working with tabs and indents as well.
Figure 5: Rulers
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