Navigating PowerPoint 2007 - dummies

By Doug Lowe

The top part of the PowerPoint 2007 screen is full of icons and buttons designed to make navigation easy as you create your PowerPoint presentation. When you first open PowerPoint, you see the main PowerPoint screen. Its elements are defined below.

The main PowerPoint screen provides access to tools you need to start making presentations.
The main PowerPoint screen provides access to tools you need to start making presentations.
  • The Ribbon: Below the Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 title is PowerPoint’s Ribbon. Its appearance varies depending on the size of your monitor.

  • The Office button (also known as the File Menu): The logo in the top-left corner of the PowerPoint window the Office button. Click it to reveal the traditional menu when you need to open or save files, create new presentations, print a document, and do other file-related chores.

  • Quick Access toolbar: To the right of the Office button is the Quick Access toolbar. Initially, it contains the Save, Undo, Redo, and Print buttons. To add additional buttons, right-click the button and choose Add to Quick Access Toolbar.

  • Current slide: Your current slide appears in the middle of the screen.

  • Slides tab and Outline tab: To the left of the slide are the Outline and Slides tabs. The Slides tab shows thumbnails of your slides, and the Outline tab shows your presentation arranged as an outline. You can switch between the two by clicking the tab you want to view.

  • Notes pane: Beneath the slide is the Notes pane, which you can use to add notes to your slides.

  • Task pane: To the right of the slide is the task pane you use to complete common tasks. When you first start PowerPoint, the task pane isn’t visible.

  • Status bar: At the bottom of the screen the status bar tells you which slide is currently displayed. To customize the status bar, right-click on it. This reveals a list of options that you can select or deselect to determine which elements appear on the status bar.