Video: Getting to Know PowerPoint

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powerpoint 2013 is a presentation software that allows you to create dynamic slide presentations. Slideshows can include animation, narration, images, videos, and much more.

Opening powerpoint 2013

When you open powerpoint 2013 for the first time, the Start Screen will appear. From here, you’ll be able to create a new presentation, choose a template, and access your recently edited presentations.

  1. From the Start Screen, locate and select Blank Presentation.
    Getting to Know PowerPointCreating a blank presentation
  2. A new presentation will appear.
    Getting to Know PowerPointA blank presentation

Getting to know powerpoint 2013

powerpoint 2013 is similar to powerpoint 2010. If you’ve previously used powerpoint 2010, powerpoint 2013 should feel familiar. But if you are new to powerpoint or have more experience with older versions, you should first take some time to become familiar with the powerpoint 2013 interface.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to become familiar with the powerpoint 2013 interface.

Getting to Know PowerPoint

Slide Pane

Here, you can view and edit the selected slide.

Slide Navigation Pane

The slide navigation pane allows you to view and work with the Slides in your presentation.

The selected slide will appear in the slide pane to the right. You can add, delete, duplicate, and rearrange Slides in the slide navigation pane. You can also add sections to organize and divide your Slides.

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Slide View Options

Adjust your slide view by choosing one of the following:

Normal View is selected by default. This view shows the slide navigation pane and the selected slide.

Slide Sorter displays smaller versions of all of the Slides in the presentation.

Reading View hides all editing tools to make your Slides easier to review.

Play Slide Show will play your Slides as an actual presentation.

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Zoom Control

Click and drag the slider to use the zoom control. The number to the right of the slider reflects the zoom percentage.

You can also click the Fit slide to current window button to the right of the zoom control.

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Microsoft Account

From here, you can access your Microsoft account information, view your profile, and switch accounts.

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The ruler is located at the top and to the left of your current slide. The ruler makes it easy to align text and objects on your slide.


Reviewers can leave comments on any slide. Click Comments to view comments for the current slide.

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Click Notes to add notes to your current slide. Often called speaker notes, these notes can help you deliver or prepare for your presentation.

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Vertical and Horizontal Scroll Bars

Click, hold, and drag the vertical or horizontal scroll bar depending on what part of the slide you want to see.

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Quick Access Toolbar

The Quick Access Toolbar lets you access common commands no matter which tab is selected on the Ribbon.

The Ribbon

The Ribbon contains the commands you will need to perform common tasks in powerpoint. It has multiple tabs, each with several groups of commands.

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