Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Additional Microsoft Office Programs
The PowerPoint Window and Ribbon
The PowerPoint window consists of a variety of components to make your work
more efi cient and documents more professional: the window, Ribbon, Mini toolbar,
shortcut menus, and Quick Access Toolbar. Many of these components are common
to other Ofi ce programs and have been discussed earlier in this chapter. Other
components, discussed in the following paragraphs and later in subsequent chapters,
are unique to PowerPoint.
The basic unit of a PowerPoint presentation is a slide . A slide may contain text and
objects, such as graphics, tables, charts, and drawings. Layouts are used to position this
content on the slide. When you create a new presentation, the default Title Slide layout
appears (Figure 54). The purpose of this layout is to introduce the presentation to the
audience. PowerPoint includes eight other built-in standard layouts.
The default slide layouts are set up in landscape orientation , where the slide width
is greater than its height. In landscape orientation, the slide size is preset to 10 inches
wide and 7.5 inches high when printed on a standard sheet of paper measuring 11 inches
wide and 8.5 inches high.
Portrait Orientation
If your slide content is
dominantly vertical, such
as a skyscraper or a person,
consider changing the
slide layout to a portrait
orientation. To change the
orientation to portrait,
click the Slide Orientation
button (Design tab | Page
Setup group) and then
click Portrait. You can
use both landscape and
portrait orientation in the
same slide show.
Outline tab
Title Slide
Slide pane
Slides tab
scroll box
mouse pointer
text typed in
title and subtitle
scroll bar
scroll arrow
splitter bar
notes pane
Slide button
Normal view is
default view
Next Slide
total number
of slides
identii er
status bar
Figure 54
Placeholders Placeholders are boxes with dotted or hatch-marked borders that are
displayed when you create a new slide. All layouts except the Blank slide layout contain
placeholders. Depending on the particular slide layout selected, title and subtitle
placeholders are displayed for the slide title and subtitle; a content text placeholder
is displayed for text, art, or a table, chart, picture, graphic, or movie. The title slide in
Figure 53 has two text placeholders for the main heading, or title, of a new slide and
the subtitle.
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