MS PowerPoint, Tabs, Short Keys, and Other Features


MS PowerPoint

  • MS PowerPoint is a presentation program.
  • MS PowerPoint is used to create photos, slide shows, animations, and digital portfolios.
  • PowerPoint is a complete presentation graphics package.
  • MS PowerPoint presentation consists of slides.
  • The quickest way to create a PowerPoint presentation is to use an auto content wizard.
  • When you open a PowerPoint document, the ribbon appears as a row of labels, or tabs.
  • When you go to a tab, the ribbon for that tab opens and one can see the tools and functions.
  • When you see a feature with an arrow, you can click it to get more information or options.
  • MS PowerPoint slides may contain texts, movies, charts, images, and audio clips.
  • The F5 key is used to start the presentation from the beginning in MS PowerPoint.
    The zoom bar is located in the bottom right corner of the MS PowerPoint window.
  • The status bar indicates the current position of the slide.
  • Normal, tight, and loose are options in character spacing.
  • Text shadow is used to add a shadow behind a selected text.
  • MS PowerPoint is application software. Application software designed for end-users i.e., a VLC media player.
    The title slide is the first slide and it introduced the topic.
  • The title slide is the default PowerPoint standard layout.
  • Scan a virus feature is not in the MS PowerPoint.

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Home Tab

  • The Home tab holds the Cut and Paste features, Font and Paragraph options, and what you need to add and organize slides.
  • The home tab holds the cut and pastes feature.

Transition Tab

Transition Tab. Source: Google Sites.
  • Slide transition is the visual effect when you move from one slide to another slide during a presentation.
  • On PowerPoint, you can set up your slides to change from one to the next on the transition tab.
  • One can set up how slides change from one to the next on the Transitions tab.

Animation Tab

Source: Google Sites.
  • The slide show contains tools that control how the slide show is presented.
  • Use the animations tab to choreograph the movements of things on your slides.
  • In MS PowerPoint one can change the position as well as the color of the shadow.
  • In animations, figures are manipulated to appear as moving images.
  • The review tab lets you add comments and run spell-check.


  • The file tab is used for behind the scene stuff you to manage the presentation such as saving, printing, etc.
  • The drawing Tools tab appears on PowerPoint when you click on text and shape.
  • .wav is the audio file format.
  • Press A in PowerPoint to automatically hide the pointer during a slideshow.
  • Ctrl M is the short key to insert a new slide in the current presentation.

File Tab

  • A place holder is a container used to display content such as text, table, picture, movies, sound, clip art, chart, smartcard, etc.
  • At one end of the ribbon is the File tab, which you use for the behind-the-scenes stuff you do with a file, such as opening, saving, sharing, exporting, printing, and managing your presentation.
  • Click the File tab to open a new view called the Backstage.
  • The file tab opens a new view called Backstage view.
  • A page view is not a PowerPoint view.

Design Tab

  • On the Design tab, one can add a color scheme, a theme, or formate a slide background.
  • Gradient, picture, and text can be used as the slide background.
  • The hide slide option hides the selected slides during the slide show.

Insert Tab

  • Click Insert to add something to a slide. This includes pictures, shapes, charts, links, text boxes, and video.
  • In the insert tab, one can also add a table in MS PowerPoint.
  • To add slide numbers on the insert tab in text groups, click slide number.
  • .pptx is the extension of MS PowerPoint.

Slide Show Tab

  • On the Slide Show tab, set up the way that you want to show your presentation to others.
  • Slide sorter is available on the view menu.
  • Press escape to stop the slide show.
  • The theme is a collection of design choices that include colors, fonts, and special effects.
  • The landscape is the default page setup orientation in PowerPoint.
  • The default orientation in MS Word is portrait.
  • The ribbon display options icon is on the top right corner of the PowerPoint document.
  • Through slide sorter, one can see all slides at once.
  • A method of moving items on a slide is the motion path in MS PowerPoint.
  • PowerPoint usually defaults to Calibri font.
  • Draw custom path allows one to select line, curve, freeform, or scribble tools.

Review Tab

  • The Review tab lets you add comments, run spell-check, or compare one presentation with another.
  • The spelling command is under review in MS PowerPoint.

View Tab

  • Different views in MS PowerPoint are slide sorter view, normal view, reading view, and slide show.
  • Slide sorter view helps to rearrange slides easily and quickly.
  • The ruler option is available under viewpoint in MS PowerPoint.

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