When you first open PowerPoint, you will see the following Diagram:
This is the Normal View Screen – We will explore all the elements included in this Screen in the diagrams, below.
Here I have numbered the different elements of the Normal View Screen – In the following diagrams you will receive the explanation for the numbers 1 – 11 – It will help you to Understand the PowerPoint Interface, or the elements of the Normal View Screen in PowerPoint.
1. QAT or Quick Access Toolbar – Often used commands are located here. You can add more commands or remove commands, if you choose. See the diagram below. The Quick Access Toolbar in the diagram below consist of the following commands: Save, Undo, Redo and Open.
2. Title Bar – This tells you the name of the program which is opened and the name of the document which is opened. In this case, it is Microsoft PowerPoint and the name of the document is: Presentation 1. See the diagram below.
3. Minimize, Restore or Maximize and Close buttons – See the diagram below.
4. The Ribbon – contains most of the commands you will need to create a presentation. It is divided into 3 areas: Tabs, Groups, Commands. See the diagram below
5. Slide Tab and Outline Tab
- The Slide Tab contains Thumbnails (smaller pictures of Slides) of your slides. The thumbnails are in numerical order.
- The Outline Tab – Under the Outline Tab you can type text into your slides
See the Diagram below
6. Thumbnail/s of Slide – see diagram below
7. Slide Pane – Here you will see a slide and all its contents, and would be able to format it to your liking. See the diagram below.
8. Notes Pane – You can enter notes for your slides and presentation in this area. See the diagram below.
9. Slide View – This section consists of the: Normal View, Slide Sorter View, Reading View and Slide Show View. See the diagram below.
10. Zoom Control – With this control you can make your slide smaller or larger. See the diagram below.
11. Status Bar – This consists of the Slide number, Theme Name, Spell Check, Slide View and Zoom Control. See the diagram below.
Lesson 2: How to Create a PowerPoint Presentation