Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with the Ribbon
Because this isn’t a Windows book, Windows controls are not covered in detail here. However, if you’re interested in
learning more about Windows-based programs in general, pick up my book Windows 8 eLearning Kit For Dummies
(Wiley, 2013). A Windows 7 version is also available.
Working with the Ribbon
PowerPoint 2013’s user interface is based on the Ribbon, which is a bar across the top of the
window that contains tabbed pages of commands and buttons. Rather than opening a menu
and selecting a command, you click a tab and then click a button or open a list on that tab.
Here are some important terms you need to know when working with tabs:
Ribbon. The whole bar, including all of the tabs.
File tab. A rectangular orange button that opens Backstage view (also called the
File menu), from which you can choose to start a new presentation and save, print,
and perform other fi le-related activities. See Figure 1.12 for this button’s location.
Quick Access Toolbar. A small toolbar adjacent to the Offi ce button from which you
can select commonly used commands.
To add a command to the Quick Access Toolbar, right-click the icon for it and choose Add to Quick Access Toolbar. To
remove the command from there, right-click its icon and choose Remove from Quick Access Toolbar.
Tab. A tabbed page of the Ribbon. Figure 1.13 shows the Home tab, for example.
FIGURE 1.13
The Ribbon is PowerPoint 2013’s primary user interface.
Tabs
Contextual tab
Groups
Dialog box launcher
 
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