Navigation and display of task panes

Microsoft PowerPoint includes several task panes (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.) that help you complete the following tasks: create a new presentation; select a layout (layout: The arrangement of elements, such as title and subtitle text, lists, pictures, tables, charts, AutoShapes, and movies, on a slide.) for slides; choose a design template, (design template: A file that contains the styles in a presentation, including the type and size of bullets and fonts; placeholder sizes and positions; background design and fill color schemes; and a slide master and optional title master.) color scheme (color scheme: A set of eight balanced colors that you can apply to slides, notes pages, or audience handouts. A color scheme consists of a background color, a color for lines and text, and six other colors selected to make slides easy to read.), or animation scheme (animation scheme: Adds preset visual effects to text on slides. Ranging from subtle to exciting, each scheme usually includes an effect for the slide title and an effect that is applied to bullets or paragraphs on a slide.); create a custom animation; set slide transitions; search for files; and copy and paste multiple items at once.

ShowGeneral navigational tips

Switch between most recent task panes

In the upper-left corner of the pane, click the back and forward arrows to see most recently viewed panes.

Display the most recently opened task pane

On the View menu, click Task Pane. (Note: If this command has a check mark, clicking it will turn off a task pane that's displayed.)

Display task panes

In the upper-right corner of any task pane, click the down arrow, and then click the task pane you want.

Close the task pane

Click the Close box in the upper-right corner.

ShowNew Presentation task pane

Display it

On the File menu, click New.

ShowSlide Layout task pane

Display it

On the Format menu, click Slide Layout.

Show or hide it when you insert a new slide

At the bottom of the task pane, select or clear the Show when inserting new slides check box.

ShowSlide Design task pane

To display it

On the Formatting toolbar, click Design Button image.

Or, on the Format menu, click Slide Design.

To see design templates

Click Design Templates at the top of the pane.

To see color schemes

Click Color Schemes at the top of the pane.

To see animation schemes

Click Animation Schemes at the top of the pane.

ShowCustom Animation task pane

To display it

On the Slide Show menu, click Custom Animation.

Or, on the slide, select the item you're adding custom animation to, right-click, and on the shortcut menu, click Custom Animation.

ShowSlide Transition task pane

To display it

On the Slide Show menu, click Slide Transition.

ShowBasic File Search task pane

Display it

On the File menu, click File Search.

ShowAdvanced File Search task pane

Display it

On the File menu, click File Search, and then in the Basic File Search task pane, under See also, click Advanced File Search.

ShowClipboard task pane

Display it

On the Edit menu, click Office Clipboard.

 
 
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003