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Status Bar in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn about options available in the Status Bar within PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. The Status Bar is something most users ignore, but it contains a wealth of information.

Introducing the Status Bar
Status Bar Contents


Introducing the Status Bar

The Status Bar is a thin strip located at the bottom of the PowerPoint 2013 interface as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1. This area provides information about the active slide, and also provides several View options.

To work with options in the Status Bar, you must have a presentation open in PowerPoint, otherwise the options within the Status Bar will be grayed out.


Figure 1: Status Bar within PowerPoint 2013 interface

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Status Bar Contents

Let's explore some components of the Status Bar, Figure 2 marks some of these components so that we can refer to them in the explanations below:


Figure 2: Status Bar components

Note: Is your PowerPoint 2013 Status Bar orange in color? Yes, the orange can be quite glaring in appearance! The Status Bar that you see in Figure 2, above is grey in color because we changed the interface color to grey from the default orange color, this updates the color of the Status Bar too.

A. Slide

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



B. Notes

This is a toggle button to open or close the Notes pane.

C. Comments

This again is a toggle button that opens and closes the Comments Task Pane.

D. View Buttons

Here you can select the appropriate buttons to switch to the Normal, Slide Sorter, Reading 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.


Figure 3: Zoom dialog box

F. Fit slide to current window

Click this button to fit the slide in the available Slide Area.

You can customize what appears on the Status Bar by right-clicking on the Status Bar and selecting or deselecting the options in the Customize Status Bar menu (see Figure 4).


Figure 4: Customize Status Bar menu

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See Also:

Interface Overview: Status Bar in PowerPoint (Index Page)

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