Familiarize yourself with the ribbon in PowerPoint 2010

When you first start Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, you will notice that the menus and toolbars from PowerPoint 2003 and earlier have been replaced with the ribbon.

 Note   If you are already familiar with the ribbon in Office PowerPoint 2007 and you want information about the new features in PowerPoint 2010, see What's new in PowerPoint 2010?

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What is the ribbon?

The ribbon contains the commands and other menu items that were on menu and toolbars in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier. The ribbon is designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task.

Primary features of the ribbon

An example of the PowerPoint ribbon. Elements.

The ribbon as it appears on the left side of the Home tab in PowerPoint 2010.
Callout 1 A tab in the ribbon, in this case the Home tab. Each tab relates to a type of activity, such as inserting media or applying animations to objects.
Callout 2 A group on the Home tab, in this case the Font group. Commands are organized into logical groups and collected together under the tabs.
Callout 3 An individual button or command in the Slides group, in this case the New Slide button.

Other features of the ribbon

An example of some of the other features of the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2010.

Other things that you might see on the ribbon are contextual tabs, galleries, and dialog box launchers.
Callout 1 A gallery, in this case the shapes gallery in the Drawing group. Galleries are rectangular windows or menus that present an array of related visual choices.
Callout 2 A contextual tab, in this case the Picture Tools tab. To reduce clutter, some tabs are shown only when they are needed. For example, the Picture Tools tab is shown only if you insert a picture on a slide, and then select the picture.
Callout 3 A Dialog Box Launcher, in this case, one that starts the Format Shape dialog box.

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Location of popular commands on the ribbon

To find the location of specific commands on tabs and groups, see the diagrams following.

File tab

The File tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon

The File tab is where you can create a new file, open or save an existing file, and print your presentation.
Callout 1 Save as
Callout 2 Open
Callout 3 New
Callout 4 Print

Home tab

The Home tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon

The Home tab is where you can insert new slides, group objects together, and format text on your slide.
Callout 1 If you click the arrow next to New Slide, you can choose from several slide layouts.
Callout 2 The Font group includes the Font, Bold, Italic, and Font Size buttons.
Callout 3 The Paragraph group includes Align Text Right, Align Text Left, Justify, and Center.
Callout 4 To find the Group command, click Arrange, and under Group Objects select Group.

Insert tab

The Inser tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Insert tab is where you can insert tables, shapes, charts, headers, or footers into your presentation.
Callout 1 Table
Callout 2 Shapes
Callout 3 Chart
Callout 4 Header & Footer

Design tab

The Design tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Design tab is where you can customize the background, theme design and colors, or the page setup of your presentation.
Callout 1 Click Page Setup to launch the Page Setup dialog box.
Callout 2 In the Themes group, click a theme to apply it to your presentation.
Callout 3 Click Background Styles to select a background color and design for your presentation.

Transitions tab

The Transitions tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Transitions tab is where you can apply, change, or remove transitions to your current slide.
Callout 1 In the Transitions to This Slide group, click a transition to apply it to the current slide.
Callout 2 In the Sound list, you can select from several sounds to play during your transition.
Callout 3 Under Advance Slide, you can select On Mouse Click to make the transition occur when you click.

Animations tab

The Animations tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Animations tab is where you can apply, change, or remove animations to objects on your slide.
Callout 1 Click Add Animation, and select an animation to apply to the selected object.
Callout 2 Click Animation Pane to launch the Animation Pane task pane.
Callout 3 The Timing group includes areas to set the Start and Duration.

Slide Show tab

The Slide Show tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Slide Show tab is where you can start a slide show, customize the settings for your slide show, and hide individual slides.
Callout 1 The Start Slide Show group, that includes From Beginning and From Current Slide.
Callout 2 Click Set Up Slide Show to launch the Set Up Show dialog box.
Callout 3 Hide Slide

Review tab

The Review tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Review tab is where you can check the spelling, change the language in your presentation, or compare changes in the current presentation against another presentation.
Callout 1 Spelling, to start the spelling checker.
Callout 2 The Language group, that includes Editing Language, where you can select the language.

View tab

The View tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The View tab is where you can view the slide master, notes master, slide sorter. You can also turn on or off the ruler, gridlines, and drawing guidelines.
Callout 1 Slide Sorter
Callout 2 Slide Master
Callout 3 The Show group, that includes Ruler and Gridlines.

I do not see the command that I need!     Some commands, such as Crop or Compress, are on contextual tabs.

To view a contextual tab, first select the object that you want to work with, and then check whether a contextual tab appears in the ribbon.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2010