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How do I find common tasks on the Microsoft Office PowerPoint ribbon?

PowerPoint 2013 uses a tabbed Ribbon system instead of traditional menus. The Ribbon contains multiple tabs, each with several groups of commands. You will use these tabs to perform the most common tasks in PowerPoint.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013

Exploring the Ribbon

You'll need to move between tabs to perform common tasks in PowerPoint. Knowing where to find the right command will make PowerPoint easier to use.

Click the arrows in the slideshow below to learn more about the different commands available within each tab on the Ribbon.

 

Exploring the Ribbon

You'll need to move between tabs to perform common tasks in PowerPoint. Knowing where to find the right command will make PowerPoint easier to use.

Click the arrows in the slideshow below to learn more about the different commands available within each tab on the Ribbon command. The Home tab is selected by default whenever you open PowerPoint.

Home tab

The Home tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon

The Home tab is where you can insert new slides, group objects together, and format text on your slide.

1. If you click the arrow next to New Slide, you can choose from several slide layouts.

2. The Font group includes the Font, Bold, Italic, and Font Size buttons.

3. The Paragraph group includes Align Text Right, Align Text Left, Justify, and Center.

4. To find the Group command, click Arrange, and under Group Objects select Group.

Insert tab

The Inser tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Insert tab is where you can insert tables, shapes, charts, headers, or footers into your presentation.

1. Table

2. Shapes

3. Chart

4. Header & Footer

Design tab

The Design tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Design tab is where you can customize the background, theme design and colors, or the page setup of your presentation.

1. Click Page Setup to launch the Page Setup dialog box.

2. In the Themes group, click a theme to apply it to your presentation.

3. Click Background Styles to select a background color and design for your presentation.

Transitions tab

The Transitions tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Transitions tab is where you can apply, change, or remove transitions to your current slide.

1. In the Transitions to This Slide group, click a transition to apply it to the current slide.

2. In the Sound list, you can select from several sounds to play during your transition.

3. Under Advance Slide, you can select On Mouse Click to make the transition occur when you click.

Animations tab

The Animations tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Animations tab is where you can apply, change, or remove animations to objects on your slide.

1. Click Add Animation, and select an animation to apply to the selected object.

2. Click Animation Pane to launch the Animation Pane task pane.

3. The Timing group includes areas to set the Start and Duration.

Slide Show tab

The Slide Show tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Slide Show tab is where you can start a slide show, customize the settings for your slide show, and hide individual slides.

1. The Start Slide Show group, that includes From Beginning and From Current Slide.

2. Click Set Up Slide Show to launch the Set Up Show dialog box.

3. Hide Slide

Review tab

The Review tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The Review tab is where you can check the spelling, change the language in your presentation, or compare changes in the current presentation against another presentation.

1. Spelling, to start the spelling checker.

2. The Language group, that includes Editing Language, where you can select the language.

 

View tab

The View tab in the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

The View tab is where you can view the slide master, notes master, slide sorter. You can also turn on or off the ruler, gridlines, and drawing guidelines.

1. Slide Sorter

2. Slide Master

3. The Show group, that includes Ruler and Gridlines.

I do not see the command that I need!     Some commands, such as Crop or Compress, are on contextual tabs.

To view a contextual tab, first select the object that you want to work with, and then check whether a contextual tab appears in the ribbon.

 

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