Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Starting with the PowerPoint Basics
Starting with the PowerPoint Basics
Every project needs a starting point,
and if you are using PowerPoint for the first
time, you will want to begin with a quick
exploration of the PowerPoint program window.
When you open the PowerPoint application, a blank
slide appears and the program is in Normal view.
list pane
Perusing the PowerPoint
First, I will review a few of the common Office
features. Take a look at Figure 14-1. Just like Word and
Excel, PowerPoint includes the File tab where you
can access your file management commands such
as Save, Open, and Print. You also see the Quick
Access Toolbar with its Save, Undo, and Repeat
buttons. You also see the PowerPoint Ribbon with
seven tabs displayed when working with a new
PowerPoint presentation. You will see other Ribbon
tabs appear as certain processes occur such as
adding graphics or tables to your slides.
Figure 14-1
The PowerPoint window.
The left pane on the PowerPoint screen is called
the Slide list, where you can see the slides in your
presentation. As you add multiple slides to the
presentation, you will see a scroll bar appear. It is
also where you will view and work with your
outline. I will cover the outline later in this chapter.
The right side pane is the Current Slide window
where you perform the actual work on the slides
such as adding text or graphics.
Down in the lower-right corner you see the
familiar Zoom control where you can zoom in for a
closer look, and you also see three other View buttons
next to the Zoom control. PowerPoint has three
working views: Normal, which is the default view;
Slide Sorter view, which you will see in Chapter 15,
“Editing Your Presentation;” and Slide Show view,
which you will work with in Chapter 17,
“Presenting Your Presentation.” The three View
buttons next to the Zoom control take you quickly
into any of the three PowerPoint views.
The bottom pane is the Notes pane. That is were
you can jot down notes to yourself (or to the
presenter) as reminders when giving the presentation.
I cover creating notes in Chapter 16, “Formatting
Your Presentation.”
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