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.
General 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.
New Presentation task pane
On the File menu, click New.
Slide Layout task pane
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.
Slide Design task pane
To display it
On the Formatting toolbar, click Design .
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.
Custom 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.
Slide Transition task pane
To display it
On the Slide Show menu, click Slide Transition.
Basic File Search task pane
On the File menu, click File Search.
Advanced File Search task pane
On the File menu, click File Search, and then in the Basic File Search task pane, under See also, click Advanced File Search.
Clipboard task pane
On the Edit menu, click Office Clipboard.