Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Navigating the PowerPoint Interface
Figure 1-1: PowerPoint’s opening screen.
Figure 1-2 shows the basic PowerPoint screen in all its cluttered glory. The
following list points out the more important parts of the PowerPoint screen:
✓ The Ribbon: Across the top of the screen, just below the Microsoft
PowerPoint title, is PowerPoint’s main user-interface gadget, called the
Ribbon. If you’ve worked with earlier versions of PowerPoint, you were
probably expecting to see a menu followed by one or more toolbars
in this general vicinity. After meticulous research, Microsoft gurus
decided that menus and toolbars are hard to use. So they replaced the
menus and toolbars with the Ribbon, which combines the functions
of both. The Ribbon takes some getting used to, but after you figure it
out, it actually does become easier to use than the old menus and
toolbars. The deepest and darkest secrets of PowerPoint are hidden on the
Ribbon. Wear a helmet when exploring it.
Note that the exact appearance of the Ribbon varies a bit depending on
the size of your monitor. On smaller monitors, PowerPoint may
compress the Ribbon a bit by using smaller buttons and arranging them
differently (for example, stacking them on top of one another instead of
placing them side by side).
For more information about working with the Ribbon, see the section
“Unraveling the Ribbon,” later in this chapter.