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What's New in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010?

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Parts of the PowerPoint 2010 Screen
Parts of the PowerPoint 2010 (Beta) screen

Parts of the PowerPoint 2010 (Beta) screen

screen shot © Wendy Russell

Parts of the PowerPoint 2010 Screen

For anyone new to PowerPoint, it is always a good practice to get accustomed to the parts of the screen.

Note - Click on the image above to enlarge it for better clarity.

For those of you who got on board with PowerPoint 2007, this screen will look very familiar. However, there are some new additions to PowerPoint 2010 in terms of features, and some subtle additions in terms of slight changes to existing features in PowerPoint 2007.

  • File Tab - The new File tab in the left corner of the ribbon, replaces the Office button. Many of the same features are present and some new features have been added.

  • Ribbon - The ribbon replaces the toolbar in older versions of PowerPoint, prior to PowerPoint 2007.

  • Quick Access Toolbar - This toolbar appears in the top left corner of the PowerPoint 2010 screen. This is a customizable toolbar, so that you may add icons for features that you use frequently.

  • Tabs on the Ribbon - These tabs on the ribbon are headings for groups of tasks. These tabs look similar to the headings on the menus in older versions of PowerPoint.

  • Help Button - This tiny question mark icon is how to access help for PowerPoint 2010.

  • Slides/Outline Pane - The Slides/Outline pane is located on the left side of the window. The Slides pane shows thumbnail versions of each of the slides in the presentation. The Outline pane shows a text outline of all the information on the slides.

  • Notes - The Notes section is a place for the speaker to jot down any hints or references for his presentation. Only the presenter will see these notes.

  • Status Bar - The Status bar shows current aspects of the presentation, such as the current slide number and what design theme was used. A tiny Common tools toolbar gives quick access to features that the presenter would use often.

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