Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Unraveling the Ribbon
Slides pane: To the left of the slide is an area that shows thumbnail
icons of your slides. You can use this area to easily navigate to other
slides in your presentation.
Task pane: To the right of the slide is an area called the task pane. The
task pane is designed to help you complete common tasks quickly.
When you first start PowerPoint, the task pane isn’t visible, so you can’t
see it in Figure 1-1. However, it appears whenever it’s needed, and you
can see plenty of examples of it throughout this topic.
Status bar: At the very bottom of the screen is the status bar, which tells
you the slide that is currently displayed (for example, Slide 1 of 1).
You can configure the status bar by right-clicking anywhere on it. This
right-click reveals a list of options that you can select or deselect to
determine which elements appear on the status bar.
Zoom control: PowerPoint automatically adjusts its zoom factor so that
Slide View displays each slide in its entirety. You can change the size of
your slide by using the zoom control slider that appears at the bottom
right of the window.
You’ll never get anything done if you feel that you have to understand every
pixel of the PowerPoint screen before you can do anything. Don’t worry
about the stuff that you don’t understand; just concentrate on what you need
to know to get the job done and worry about the bells and whistles later.
Unraveling the Ribbon
The Ribbon is Microsoft’s primary user interface gadget. Across the top of
the Ribbon is a series of tabs. You can click one of these tabs to reveal a set
of controls specific to that tab. For example, the Ribbon in Figure 1-2 (earlier
in the chapter) shows the Home tab. Figure 1-3 shows the Ribbon with the
Insert tab selected.
Figure 1-3: The Ribbon with the Insert tab selected.
Initially, the Ribbon displays the tabs described in Table 1-1.
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