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Status Bar in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn about options available in the status bar within PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Windows XP and higher






Introducing Status Bar
Status Bar Contents


Introducing Status Bar

The Status Bar is a thin strip located at the bottom of the PowerPoint 2010 interface as shown in Figure 1. This area provides information about the active slide and applied Theme—and also provides View options.

If you have no presentation open in PowerPoint, the entire Status Bar area is grayed out.

Status Bar
Figure 1: Status Bar

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Status Bar Contents

Let me show you some components of the Status Bar. Figure 2 marks some of these components so that we can refer to them in the explanations below:

Status Bar components
Figure 2: Status Bar components

A. Slide

This displays the active slide number, as well as the number of slides in the open presentation.

B. Theme name

Here you can see the Theme that's been applied to the open presentation.

C. Spell Check

This sign indicates that spell check is enabled in the presentation.

D. View Buttons

Here you can select the appropriate buttons to switch to the Normal, Slide Sorter, Reading view or Slide Show views. Shift click the same buttons to access the Slide Master view, Handout Master view, and the Set Up Show dialog box.

E. Zoom

Pull the slider left or right to zoom in or out, or click the zoom level to bring up the Zoom dialog box as shown in Figure 3, here you can specify the zoom level.

Zoom dialog box
Figure 3: Zoom dialog box

F. Fit to Slide

Click this button to fit the slide in the available slide area.

You can customize what appears on the Status bar by right-clicking, and marking or clearing the check boxes on the Customize Status Bar menu (see Figure 4).

Customize Status Bar menu
Figure 4: Customize Status Bar menu

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See Also:

Status Bar in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Status Bar in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Status Bar in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Status Bar in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Status Bar in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Status Bar in PowerPoint Online

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