Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Navigating the PowerPoint Interface
File tab
Quick Access toolbar
Slides pane
Ribbon
Status bar
Current slide
Zoom control
Figure 1-2: PowerPoint’s cluttered screen.
The File tab: The first tab on the Ribbon is called the File tab. You can
click it to switch the program into a special mode called Backstage View,
which provides access to various functions such as opening and saving
files, creating new presentations, printing, and other similar chores. For
more information, see the section “Taking the Backstage Tour,” later in
this chapter.
Quick Access toolbar: Just above the Ribbon is the Quick Access toolbar,
also called the QAT for short. Its sole purpose in life is to provide a
convenient resting place for the PowerPoint commands you use the most
often.
Initially, this toolbar contains just three: Save, Undo, and Redo. However,
you can add more buttons if you want. To add any button to the QAT,
right-click the button and choose Add to Quick Access Toolbar. You can
also find a pull-down menu at the end of the QAT that lists several
frequently used commands. You can use this menu to add these common
commands to the QAT.
Current slide: Right smack in the middle of the screen is where your
current slide appears.
 
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