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
The ribbon as it appears on the left side of the Home tab in PowerPoint 2010.
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.
on the Home
tab, in this case the Font
group. Commands are organized into logical groups and collected together under the tabs.
An individual button or command in the Slides
group, in this case the New Slide
Other features of the ribbon
Other things that you might see on the ribbon are contextual tabs, galleries, and dialog box launchers.
, in this case the shapes gallery in the Drawing
group. Galleries are rectangular windows or menus that present an array of related visual choices.
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.
A Dialog Box Launcher
, in this case, one that starts the Format Shape
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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.
The File tab is where you can create a new file, open or save an existing file, and print your presentation.
The Home tab is where you can insert new slides, group objects together, and format text on your slide.
If you click the arrow next to New Slide
, you can choose from several slide layouts.
group includes the Font
, and Font Size
group includes Align Text Right
, Align Text Left
, and Center
To find the Group
command, click Arrange
, and under Group Objects
The Insert tab is where you can insert tables, shapes, charts, headers, or footers into your presentation.
Header & Footer
The Design tab is where you can customize the background, theme design and colors, or the page setup of your presentation.
Click Page Setup
to launch the Page Setup
In the Themes
group, click a theme to apply it to your presentation.
Click Background Styles
to select a background color and design for your presentation.
The Transitions tab is where you can apply, change, or remove transitions to your current slide.
In the Transitions to This Slide
group, click a transition to apply it to the current slide.
In the Sound
list, you can select from several sounds to play during your transition.
Under Advance Slide
, you can select On Mouse Click
to make the transition occur when you click.
The Animations tab is where you can apply, change, or remove animations to objects on your slide.
Click Add Animation
, and select an animation to apply to the selected object.
Click Animation Pane
to launch the Animation Pane
group includes areas to set the Start
Slide Show tab
The Slide Show tab is where you can start a slide show, customize the settings for your slide show, and hide individual slides.
The Start Slide Show
group, that includes From Beginning
and From Current Slide
Click Set Up Slide Show
to launch the Set Up Show
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.
, to start the spelling checker.
group, that includes Editing Language
, where you can select the language.
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.
group, that includes Ruler
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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