Whether you’re experienced with PowerPoint (or other Microsoft Office products, for that matter) or not, this initial screen probably looks very new. That’s because in PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft has eliminated all of those toolbars that we’ve become very accustomed to using. But, the good news is they’ve replaced the toolbars with Ribbons and Contextual Tabs that only appear when you need them. You see, Microsoft PowerPoint is now even more intuitive and flexible than before.
Figure 1. PowerPoint Window
Each labeled item is described in full on the next page.
Located in the upper-right corner of your window, these buttons (in order) will minimize, maximize/restore and close your window.
A button that displays a menu of common functions such as Open and Print.
Page View Controls:
Located in the lower-right corner of your window, the Page View Controls include quick access to page views include a zoom slider control.
Quick Access Toolbar:
Contains buttons to your most frequently used tasks such as Save, Undo and Redo.
Displays commands and features that were previously hidden under menus in easy-to-access task-oriented tabs such as Insert, Page Layout and Formulas.
The slide area is the actual “screen” on which your text and graphics will display.
This section is used to entering Speaker Notes for later printing.
In the Status Bar, you see a document page and word count, plus macro and editing indicators.
Located at the very top of your screen, the Title Bar displays the name of the program you are running and the name of the document you are working in.
Exploring the Ribbon
The PowerPoint 2007 Ribbon contains seven tabs across the top of the PowerPoint window. Each tab contains groups of core tasks and each Group contains related sets of commands.
Many of the Ribbon groups contain a Dialog Box Launcher arrow ().This arrow is always found in the lower-right corner of a group and typically options a Dialog Box with familiar PowerPoint settings. Occasionally, this button options a Task Pane instead of a Dialog Box.
Figure 2. Home Tab
The Home tab contains your most often-used commands including cut, copy and paste. You’ll also see groups for Slides, Font, Paragraph, Drawing, and Editing.
Figure 3. Insert Tab
The Insert tab contains commands related to “inserting” such as tables and clipart. This is also the place you go to insert a Header or Footer or drawing objects. The Insert tab contains groups for Tables, Illustrations, Links, Text & Media Clips.
Figure 4. Design Tab
The Design tab contains commands related to the appearance of your slides like page setup and slide orientation. This tab contains groups for Page Setup, Themes and Background.
Figure 5. Animations Tab
The Animations tab contains commands related to presentation animation including transitions. This tab contains groups for Preview, Animations, and Transitions.
Figure 6. Slide Show Tab
The Slide Show tab contains commands related to showing your presentation. This tab contains groups for Start Slide Show, Set Up and Monitors.
Figure 7. Review Tab
The Review tab contains commands related to marking up your PowerPoint 2007 file and contains groups for Proofing, Comments & Protect.
Figure 8. View Tab
The View tab contains commands for choosing different ways to view your PowerPoint 2007 Slide Show with groups for Presentation Views, Show/Hide, Zoom, Color/Grayscale, Window and Macros.