Section 3- Screen Elements 2007
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 introduces an entirely new interface than previous versions of PowerPoint. A series of tabs gives you access to different sets of functions in PowerPoint. Clicking on a tab will cause a set of buttons to appear below in the ribbon. See the image on the next page, for a better understanding of the PowerPoint 2007 new interface. The parts of the window are as follows:
- Office Button
- Quick Access Toolbar - This customizable feature allows you to add the most frequently used commands
- Tabs - This feature allows you to click to access different tools and commands
- Ribbon - The ribbon displays commands and tools grouped by category onto different tabs
- Slide and Outline tabs
- Dialog Box Launcher - Allows you to click to open dialog boxes or task panes
- Lists and Galleries - You can click on the down arrows to view different lists and galleries
- Presentation window - Enter text and graphics in each slide
- Notes Pane - type in notes for each slide
- Status bar - Displays information about the active workbook
- View buttons - Allows you to switch between different views
- Zoom controls - Allows you to zoom in or out using the slide or the buttons.
In Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, the Office button is located in the upper-left hand corner of the window. This button allows access to different file commands such as New, Open, Save, Save As, and Print. It performs the same function as the File Menu in Microsoft Word XP.
Quick Access Toolbar
The Quick Access Toolbar appears at the top of the window next to the Office button. It includes most common commands such as Save and Undo. You can customize the toolbar by adding command buttons to it.
To add or remove a button from the Quick Access Toolbar, click the list arrow at the right end of the toolbar to display the pop-up menu. Then, click the button name from the pop-up menu list. A check next to the name tells you which function will be on the Quick Access Toolbar.
The Ribbon replaces menus, toolbars, and most of the task panes that were found in PowerPoint XP. The Ribbon is located at the top of the document window and consists of tabs that are organized by tasks. Each tab is organized into groups, or subtasks, such as the Font or Paragraph group located on the Home tab. Each button within a group is called a command button, as shown below.
PowerPoint 2007 provides two types of tabs on the Ribbon. The first are called Standard tabs, which are the default tabs that appear when you start Microsoft PowerPoint. They include Home, Insert, Design, Animations, Slide Show, Review, View, and Add-Ins (optional). The second are called Contextual tabs, such as Picture Tools, Drawing, or Table, that appear only when perform a certain task. PowerPoint 2007 provides the right set of contextual tabs when performing certain tasks.
Dialog Box Launcher
Some groups within PowerPoint 2007 have a Dialog Box Launcher that is located on the bottom right-hand corner of each group. Clicking on the Dialog Box Launcher will open dialog boxes or task panes that will allow you to modify the current settings.