Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Understanding the Screen Elements
In Windows 7:
1. Click the Start button. The Start menu opens.
2. Click All Programs.
3. Click Microsoft Office.
4. Click Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. The program starts.
When PowerPoint 2013 opens, a Start screen appears, as you saw back in Figure 1.6, offering
help for opening existing fi les or starting new ones. If you want to bypass the Start screen
and jump immediately to a new blank presentation (as in earlier versions of PowerPoint),
just press the Esc key.
If you want quick access to PowerPoint from the Windows 8 Desktop, add a shortcut to PowerPoint to the taskbar. To
do so, right-click the PowerPoint 2013 tile on the Start screen and click Pin to Taskbar. From then on, you can start
PowerPoint by clicking the PowerPoint 2013 icon on the left end of the taskbar.
When you are ready to leave PowerPoint, click the Close (X) button in the top-right corner
of the PowerPoint window. If you have any unsaved work, PowerPoint asks if you want to
save your changes. Because you have just been playing around in this chapter, you prob-
ably do not have anything to save yet. (If you do have something to save, see Chapter 2,
“Creating and Saving Presentation Files,” to learn more about saving.) Click No to decline to
save your changes, and you’re outta there.
Understanding the Screen Elements
PowerPoint’s interface is typical of any Windows desktop program in many ways, but it has
some special Offi ce-specifi c features as well. The PowerPoint window contains these ele-
ments, as shown in Figure 1.12:
Title bar. Identifi es the program running (PowerPoint) and the name of the active
presentation. If the window is not maximized, you can move the window by drag-
ging the title bar.
Ribbon. Functions as a combination of menu bar and toolbar, offering tabbed
“pages“ of buttons, lists, and commands. The next section describes it in more
detail.
File tab. Opens the File menu (Backstage view), from which you can open, save,
print, and start new presentations.
Quick Access Toolbar. Contains shortcuts for some of the most common commands.
You can add your own favorites here as well.
Minimize button. Shrinks the application window to a bar on the Windows task-
bar; you click its button on the taskbar to reopen it.
 
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