The Layout of a PowerPoint 2007 Tab

The PowerPoint Ribbon offers an Insert tab, a Home tab, a Design tab and so on. Every tab offers groups and buttons. Some PowerPoint tabs also offer galleries. Commands on each tab are organized into groups. For example, the Home tab is organized into five groups: Clipboard, Slides, Font, Paragraph, and Drawing. Group names appear below the buttons and galleries on tabs.

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  • Groups tell you what the buttons and galleries above their names are for. On the Home tab the buttons on the Font group are for formatting text.

  • Most groups have group buttons to the right of group names. Move the pointer over a group button to see a description and picture of the dialog box or task pane that appears when the button is clicked.

There are various types of buttons:

  • Click a button with an arrow to access a drop-down list of options.

  • Click a button without an arrow to complete an action or open a dialog box or task pane.

  • Hybrid buttons serve as a button and drop-down list. Click the top half of the button to complete an action; click the arrow to open a drop-down list.

To see what a button does move the pointer over it. A pop-up description displays.

Some tabs contain a gallery. The item on your slide — the table, chart, or diagram, for example — changes appearance as you move the pointer over gallery choices.

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To view and make choices on a gallery:

  • Click a Scroll button to see gallery choices one at a time.

  • Click the More button to see many choices at one time.

Gallery options provide sophisticated layouts and formats for your PowerPoint slides. Experiment with formats and layouts by hovering the pointer over gallery.

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