Table of Contents 2
The Office Logo 4
Save as 4
The Home Tab 5
Insert Tab 7
Table Design 7
Table Layout 7
Media Clips 8
Design Tab 8
Page Setup 8
Animations Tab 9
Transition to This Slide 10
Slide Show Tab 10
Start Slide Show 10
Set Up 10
Review Tab 11
View Tab 12
Presentation Views 12
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Basics
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 has a completely redesigned user interface. The standard menus along the top have been removed and replaced with a series of toolbars Microsoft calls “The Ribbon.” These tool bars are changed using tabs at the top and try to automatically adjust themselves to the content you are working with. If you select an image it will automatically switch to the picture tools. The new layout seems to offer easier access to most of the features of PowerPoint allowing for more complex documents to be created quicker.
The Office Logo
The first thing most people will need to relearn is where to go to open a document, create a new one, save your document and print. Clicking the Office logo at the top left of the screen will provide most of the items formerly found under the file menu including those listed above. Beside the logo you also will find a disk icon to save your document as well as the undo and redo buttons. More buttons can be added to this “Quick Access Toolbar” through the word options mentioned in the next section.
As you can see here the Office logo opens up listing your options for new, open etc. and also contains a list of your recent documents for quick opening. Any of the items listed with an arrow beside them will replace the recent documents on the right with the options associated with the menu item. You should also see at the bottom right of this menu a button for exiting PowerPoint and changing PowerPoint’s options.
The save as option will provide you with the most common file formats to save your document in. The common ones are PowerPoint Presentation, PowerPoint Show, and PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation. The last one is the option most people should be using currently, especially if they wish to share documents with others who do not have the new version of Office.
Here you can choose from Print, Quick Print and Print Preview. Print brings up the standard print dialog box, quick print will print one copy without any dialog box coming up and print preview will bring up the print preview screen.
The prepare menu’s most common options are Properties, Inspect Document, Mark as Final and Run Compatibility Checker. The properties option allows you to setup metadata for the document like Author, Title, keywords, comments and others. Inspect Document will scan the document for any hidden data like comments and annotations, and any hidden collaboration data. This is very useful when making a previously private document public. It will help you find any comments or changes made previously that should not be made public. Mark as Final will mark the document as a final copy and make it read only so changes cannot be made. The last common item, Run Compatibility Checker will scan the document for new features that were used and show you these. This is recommended if you where creating a document in the new file format but now need to convert it back to the Office 2003 format to share with someone who does not have Office 2007.
The Home Tab
The home tab the basic formatting tools found in PowerPoint 2007. You will find five sections, Clipboard, Slides, Font, Paragraph and Editing. Clicking the down arrow beside any of the icons here will drop down more options for that tool. Each section except slides also contains an arrow in the bottom right corner which will open a window containing the options found in that section.
The Clipboard allows you to cut, copy, paste and copy formatting from one place to another.
The slides section has tools to add new slides, change the layout of a slide, also reset or delete a slide. Both the New Slide and Layout sections offer drop down menus with predefined slide layouts to use.
The font section of the ribbon provides a section to handle the basic text formatting. Items such as bold, underline, strikethrough, highlight and font type can be changed here. There are also some items like character spacing and text shadow. Some items from this section and some items from the paragraph section are also available by highlighting text and moving your cursor slightly above the highlighted text. This saves having to move your cursor all the way to the top of the screen for some common formatting items.
The paragraph section provides icons for bullets, lists, justify, line spacing, indents and text direction. You can also access tools to align the text vertically within a section and add smartArt graphics.
The main part of the drawing section gives you a large number of shapes, lines arrows and flowchart pictures. The arrange icon is used to bring an item forward or backwards on the screen or group and ungroup objects. The quick styles icon gives a drop down with predefined shape style options or you can use the shape fill, shape outline, or shape effects icons to create your own styles.
The Editing section of the toolbar allows you to find, replace and select items. The select option gives you the ability to select all, select objects or select text with similar formatting. This last option gives you the ability to quickly change everything in your document with one style to another style without having to manually find all of that text and change each area separately.
The insert tab has five sections for inserting most types of objects. The sections are tables, illustrations, links, text and media clips.
The table section only has a drop down menu which offers a grid to create a new table, insert table, draw table, convert text to table for selected text, Excel spreadsheet, and some predefined “Quick Tables” that have formatting already setup for you. When working on a table you will have two additional tabs along the top of the ribbon, the design and layout tabs. There are screenshots of both directly below.
The Illustrations section allows you to insert pictures, clipart, photo albums shapes, SmartArt and charts. After inserting or selecting a picture you are provided with a new toolbar along the top shown here. This toolbar gives you the ability to change the brightness, contrast, shape, position, text wrapping and other options for the picture. Clicking off the picture or on one of the other tabs will take you back to the standard toolbars. The Shapes option of the Illustrations section allows you to insert lines, arrows, boxes, basic flowchart shapes and a number of others. The SmartArt option provides features like org charts, flow charts, illustrated lists and processes. The Chart option is similar to PowerPoint 2003 but it offers more options for your charts.
The links section provides options for inserting hyperlinks, or actions. The actions option allows you to link an item to a hyperlink, program, sound or macro.
Options in the text section include text box, Header and Footer, WordArt, date and time, slide numbers, symbols and objects. There are a lot of option in here to setup on your own or you can use Words predefined options.
Sounds or movies can be added through this section. A large number file types can be added here including, mp3, midi, wav , wma, wmv, avi and many others.
The design tab has three sections, Page Setup, Themes and Background.
Page setup provides you with the tools to slide size and orientation. The slide size option allow for some predefined sizes like letter, legal, overhead, and tv aspect ratios like 4:3 standard resolution and 16:9 widescreen.
The themes section gives predefined colour, fonts and effects or you can choose your own.
The background section lets you choose a background style or hide the background on the selected slide..
The animations tab contains three sections, preview, animations and transitions to this slide.
The preview section will show you’re the current slides animation to allow you to check it is the way you want it.
Here you can create your own animations for use in the slide.
Transition to This Slide
The remainder of the Animations tab is taken up by the Transition to This Slide section. Here you can apply different transitions to be used between slides like fades, slides and many more. You can set options for speed, sounds, and timing.
Slide Show Tab
The Slide Show tab contains three sections, start slide show, set up and monitors.
Start Slide Show
The start slide show section is used to start your slide show either from the beginning or the current slide. You can also use this section to create a custom slide show. Custom slide shows can be used to create one thirty minute presentation and one sixty minute presentation using the same set of slides but omitting some for the shorter show.
The main features of this section are setup a slide show, record narration and rehearse timings.
This section provides the tools to change the resolution of the slide show choose which monitor to display it on if you have multiple monitors and use presenter view if you have multiple monitors.
The review tab offers three sections which include proofing, comments, and protect.
The proofing section provides the standard spelling check, a thesaurus, research tools that include MSN search and Microsoft Encarta encyclopedia. You will also find translation tools to help with single words or the whole document. The translation of the entire document is done by an online service called Wordlingo.
The comments section allows you to add comments to a document for easier collaboration. You can cycle through the comments to find out what notes you left for yourself or others and you can delete a comment that was made when it is no longer relevant.
The protect section gives you options to add a password and protect the document. You can restrict changes to formatting and editing or the whole document. If you use Windows Live you can also manage permissions for specific users who also have Windows Live.
The view tab offers six sections which include presentation views, show/hide, zoom, Color/Greyscale, window and macros.
The presentation views section switches you between normal, slide sorter, notes page, slide show, slide master, handout master and notes master. Normal shows you one slide in the centre with thumbnails of all slides to the left of the screen. Slide sorter fills the centre with thumbnails of all slides which you can drag around to sort them. The notes page view shows the slide on the top section and notes you add in a bottom section. Slide show will start the slide show from the beginning. The Slide master, handout master and notes master views allow you to change what the presentations themes will follow by working with a master setup. Each of these master views also provide another tab to the ribbon.
The show/hide section will toggle certain tools on or off the screen including rulers, gridlinesand message bar. The rulers will show along the top and left side of the screen. Gridlines will cover your entire document inside the margins. They will be visible on screen but don’t print. The message bar can only be displayed when there is a message to be displayed. One common reason for the message bar to display is when macros have been enabled or disabled.
The zoom section provides tools to zoom into or out of the document. You can choose your own zoom factor or use one of the predefined zoom factors.
This section allows you to switch between color, grayscale or pure black and white. This will allow you to see how slides will look when printed on a black and white printer.
The new window button will open your current document in a new window. The arrange all button will take your currently open windows and stack them one on top of the other. This is also where you can easily switch between windows.
The macros section provides the tools required to work with and create basic macros. You can view existing macros or record your own. Choose record macro from the drop down and then perform the functions you do often, like change the page layout, and style of the document. Once you have done those tasks then stop recording. You will be able to use that macro over again to shorten the steps you need to take every time you need to perform that set of tasks.