How to Customize PowerPoint 2010 - dummies

By Peter Weverka

Part of PowerPoint 2010 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

PowerPoint 2010 has made customizing programs easier than ever. Don’t be shy. Try out these techniques for customizing PowerPoint. Your presentations — and your audiences — will enjoy the benefits!

  • Quick Access toolbar: Located in the upper-left corner of the screen, the Quick Access toolbar is always there. Why not make it even more useful? To place any button on the toolbar, right-click it and choose Add to Quick Access Toolbar. Or click the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button (it’s located to the right of the Quick Access toolbar) and choose a button on the drop-down list.

  • Ribbon: Running across the top of the PowerPoint screen, the Ribbon offers tabs with commands for doing this, that, and the other thing. To customize the Ribbon and make getting to the commands you need that much faster, right-click the Ribbon and choose Customize the Ribbon. You go to the Customize Ribbon tab of the Options dialog box. From there, you can move tabs and groups on the ribbon, create your own tabs, and create your own groups.

  • Status bar: The status bar along the bottom of the screen gives you information about the presentation you’re working on. Maybe you want more information — or you think the status bar is too crowded. To change what’s on the status bar, right-click it and select options on the pop-up menu.

  • Changing the color scheme: PowerPoint 2010 offers three color schemes for changing the look of the screen. To change color schemes, start on the File tab, choose Options, select the General category in the PowerPoint Options dialog box, open the Color Scheme drop-down list, and choose Blue, Silver, or Black.