Here's a quick walkthrough of the PowerPoint 2013 interface -- the PowerPoint 2013 interface is quite similar,
yet somewhat different than the interface of
PowerPoint 2010. The biggest change is that
PowerPoint 2013's interface is primed for use also on tablets, touch-screens, and phones (other than conventional
desktops). Thus, you can swipe and tap your way through a presentation -- and also make several edits without the
need of a cursor.
Instead of opening with a blank presentation, PowerPoint 2013 opens a
Presentation Gallery as
shown in Figure 1. The Presentation Gallery provides several ways to start your next presentation using a template, a Theme, a recent presentation, a not-so-recent presentation, or even a blank presentation.
Once you make choices in this Presentation gallery, you see the actual PowerPoint interface.
Figure 1: PowerPoint 2013 Presentation gallery
A quick walkthrough of the PowerPoint 2013 interface reveals some new features. Figure 2
shows a screenshot of the PowerPoint 2013 interface -- each part of the interface is explained later in this page.
Figure 2: PowerPoint 2013 interface
- File Menu and Backstage View: When you click the File menu, you see the
Backstage view that contains all the creation, save, share, and print options for your presentations, as shown in
Figure 3. Learn more about
File Menu and Backstage View
in PowerPoint 2013.
Figure 3: File Menu leads to the Backstage View
- Quick Access Toolbar (QAT): Is a customizable toolbar placed by default above the
Ribbon -- here you can add icons for your often used commands. Also the QAT can also be placed
below the Ribbon. Learn more about
Quick Access Toolbar in
- Ribbon: 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
Ribbon and Tabs in PowerPoint 2013.
- Slides Pane: Located on the left side of the interface, the Slides pane
shows thumbnails of all the slides in the open presentation. Learn more about
Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2013.
Note: If the Slides pane is not visible, click the Normal button in the
View tab of the Ribbon.
- Slide Area: Displays the active slide. Learn more about
Slide Area in PowerPoint 2013.
- 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 Format Background button
within the Design tab of the Ribbon, the Format Background task
pane opens (refer to Figure 1).
Learn more in our Task Pane in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- 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 I).
Learn more in our Status Bar in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- Notes Pane: Right below the active slide, this is where the speaker notes are written for
the current slide. Note that 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
Notes Pane in PowerPoint 2013.
- 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: If you are in some other view such as Slide Sorter
view - click the Normal button on the Status bar to switch to Normal view, Shift-clicking this
gets you to Slide Master view.
- Slide Sorter: Click this button to switch from any other view to
Slide Sorter view. The Slide Sorter view displays zoom-able thumbnails of every
slide in the open presentation. Shift-clicking this button gets you to Handout Master view.
- Reading View: Click this button to switch from any other view to Reading
- Slide Show: Show the presentation as a full screen slideshow from the current selected
slide. Shift-clicking brings up the Set Up Show dialog box.
- Mini Toolbar: This toolbar is not shown in the Figure 3, above -- it's a
semitransparent floating toolbar that spawns right next to the cursor -- and it is also available instantly with a
right-click (highlighted in red within Figure 4).
Learn more in our Mini Toolbar in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
Figure 4: Mini Toolbar
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