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Starting PowerPoint and Exploring The Work Environment

You have no doubt heard of it, and most of you have probably used it in some way, shape or form. PowerPoint does just what its name suggests. It is one of the most powerful ways that exist today to deliver content, to make a point. The output is highly visual, and auditory, making the information easy to take in by the viewer. Electronic Presentations are quickly becoming the standard in the workplace. Paper charts, graphs, and posters are quickly becoming a thing of the past.

To Start PowerPoint

1. Choose the as from the dock.

PowerPoint opens and a blank document appears as you can see below. The areas consists of a large stage area on which you place text and graphics, and many buttons, icons, and menus. These are all designed to help you complete tasks quickly and easily.


You will notice that there are many toolbars, but if you've used Powerpoint before, you may feel like some things are missing. This is because the new version has changed some toolbar options.

Instead of a Task Pane, users now have a Design Ribbon. If you choose any of the options in the ribbon you will be presented with numerous options for customization.


dfYou may also be wondering where all of the formatting options went (i.e. font size, colour, alignment, etc). These are now available through a Formatting Palette.

To Show the Formatting Palette

1. Choose View > Formatting Palette

The Formatting Palette should now appear beside your Powerpoint window as to the left.





View Pane and Buttons

On the left side of the window is the View pane. This pane allows you to switch between all available view modes. This pane is a quick way to view your entire project by slide or by outline as seen below.

The slide view pane shows you a snapshot of all of your slides in order, so you can scroll through them and choose the one you would like to work on. To choose one, simply click on it, and it will appear in the stage area.

slideview pane

The outline view pane shows you an outline (text) based overview of each slide. This way you know the content of each slide as you scroll through. To select a particular slide, simply click anywhere within its outline text, and it will appear in the stage area.

Outline View

The view pane also offers a panel of buttons at the bottom, that will change the view of the entire PowerPoint workspace. Below are descriptions of what each button will do.

This is the slide sorter view, where it is easy to rearrange your slides. Simply click and drag slides around to change the order. Give it a try!


In the next lesson we will look at how to edit the layout of each slide.