PPT1: Getting to Know PowerPoint
Opening PowerPoint 2013
When you open PowerPoint 2013 for the first time, the Start Screen will appear. From here, you'll be able to create a new presentation, choose a template, and access your recently edited presentations.
- From the Start Screen, locate and select Blank Presentation.
- A new presentation will appear.
Getting to know PowerPoint 2013
PowerPoint 2013 is similar to PowerPoint 2010. If you've previously used PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013 should feel familiar. But if you are new to PowerPoint or have more experience with older versions, you should first take some time to become familiar with the PowerPoint 2013 interface.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to become familiar with the PowerPoint 2013 interface.
Working with the PowerPoint environment
If you've previously used PowerPoint 2010 or 2007, PowerPoint 2013 will feel familiar. It continues to use features like the Ribbon and the Quick Access toolbar—where you will find commands to perform common tasks in PowerPoint—as well as Backstage view.
PowerPoint 2013 uses a tabbed Ribbon system instead of traditional menus. The Ribbon contains multiple tabs, each with several groups of commands. You will use these tabs to perform the most common tasks in PowerPoint.
Exploring the Ribbon
You'll need to move between tabs to perform common tasks in PowerPoint. Knowing where to find the right command will make PowerPoint easier to use.
Click the arrows in the slideshow below to learn more about the different commands available within each tab on the Ribbon.
The Home tab gives you access to the most commonly used commands, including copy and paste,formatting, and the New Slide command. The Home tab is selected by default whenever you open PowerPoint.
The Insert tab allows you to insert pictures, charts, tables, shapes, and videos, which can help you communicate information visually and add style to your presentation.
You can apply themes from the Design tab. A theme is a predefined combination of colors, fonts, and effects that can quickly change the look and feel of your entire slide show. Different themes also include different slide layouts.
You can apply slide transitions from the Transitions tab. Transitions are the movements you see between slides when presenting your slide show.
The Animations tab allows you to animate text and objects such as clip art, shapes, and pictures. Animations can be used to draw attention to specific content or make the slide easier to read.
When you're ready to present your slide show, the Slide Show tab gives you tools to make your presentation smooth and professional, including the option to rehearse timings and record narration.
You can use the Review tab to access PowerPoint's powerful editing features, including spell check andcomments. These features make it easy to review and collaborate on presentations.
The View tab allows you to switch between several different views for your presentation, including Outline View, Slide Sorter, and Slide Master. These views can help you prepare and organize your slide show.
Contextual tabs will appear on the Ribbon when working with certain items like tables, shapes, andpictures. These tabs contain special command groups that can help you format these items as needed.
To minimize and maximize the Ribbon:
The Ribbon is designed to respond to your current task, but you can choose to minimize it if you find that it takes up too much screen space.
- Click the Ribbon Display Options arrow in the upper-right corner of the Ribbon.
- Select the desired minimizing option from the drop-down menu:
- Autohide Ribbon: Autohide displays PowerPoint in full-screen mode and completely hides the Ribbon. Toshow the Ribbon, click the Expand Ribbon command at the top of screen.
- Show Tabs: This option hides all command groups when not in use, but tabs will remain visible. To show the Ribbon, simply click a tab.
- Show Tabs and Commands: This option maximizes the Ribbon. All of the tabs and commands will be visible. This option is selected by default when you open PowerPoint for the first time.
The Quick Access toolbar
Located just above the Ribbon, the Quick Access toolbar lets you access common commands no matter which tab is selected. By default, it includes the Save, Undo, Repeat, and Start Presentation commands. You can add other commands depending on your preference.
To add commands to the Quick Access toolbar:
- Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the Quick Access toolbar.
- Select the command you want to add from the drop-down menu. To choose from more commands, selectMore Commands.
- The command will be added to the Quick Access toolbar.
The Ruler, guides, and gridlines
PowerPoint includes several tools to help organize and arrange content on your slides, including the Ruler, guides, and gridlines. These tools make it easier to align objects on your slides. Simply click the check boxes in the Showgroup on the View tab to show and hide these tools.
Backstage view gives you various options for saving, opening, printing, and sharing your presentations.
To access Backstage view:
- Click the File tab on the Ribbon.
- Backstage view will appear.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using Backstage view.
- Open PowerPoint 2013 and create a new presentation.
- Click through all of the tabs and review the commands on the Ribbon.
- Try minimizing and maximizing the Ribbon.
- Add a command to the Quick Access toolbar.
- Navigate to Backstage view and open your Account settings.