PowerPoint Basics:

Title: Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101

Did you want: Working with Presentations: PowerPoint 2007,2010,2013,2016 or español

The user interface for PowerPoint is more complex than many programs.

PowerPoint's Workspace

PowerPoint's workspace has three PowerPoint panes in the Normal view, which is where you do most of your work, plus the Office Task Pane, which first appeared in Office XP programs:

  • Navigation pane with Outline and Slide tabs
  • Slide pane
  • Notes pane

Pane: Navigation Pane: Slide Pane: Notes Pane: Task PowerPoint window with panes labeled: Navigation, Slide, Notes, Task

Normal view -with the panes labeled

Where you are:
JegsWorks > Lessons > Presentations

Before you start...

Project 1: PowerPoint Basics
    Getting StartedTo subtopics
    Interface Arrow to Subtopics
      ViewsTo subtopics
      Task Pane
      Smart Tags
    CreateTo subtopics
    PrintingTo subtopics
    ExercisesTo subtopics

Project 2: PowerPoint FormattingTo subtopics

Project 3: Advanced PowerPoint To subtopics


What's a pane for?

Icon: Mouse Click on the labels in the illustration above to see a short explanation in a new window of what the pane is for. You can switch back and forth between this window and the explanations or you can use the Next button in the new window to go through all the panes in order.

All of these parts makes for a crowded window. You will really appreciate a big monitor with a high resolution. If there is not enough room for you to work, you can hide the panes and toolbars that you do not need at the moment.