Slide Layouts, Changing

Slide layouts have been available in PowerPoint since several versions, but it was only with PowerPoint 2007 for Windows (and PowerPoint 2008 for Mac) that you could create your own layouts. Even if your version supports creating new layouts or not, all versions allow you to change the layout of your slide from one to another:

Most slide layouts include a slide title (all except the Blank slide layout). In addition most layouts contain placeholders for content of some sort: subtitles, bulleted text, pictures, charts, etc.


Ribbon in PowerPoint and Microsoft Office

The Ribbon is a strip of screen real estate that made its appearance with the release of Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows. This interface element replaced the menus and toolbars that were available in previous versions of Office for Windows. The figure below shows the Ribbon as it looks in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows.

Ribbon in PowerPoint 2007

However, the subsequent version of Microsoft Office for Mac (2008) did not include the Ribbon. The Ribbon finally made its appearance on the Mac version of Office with Office 2011 for Mac — even then, Office 2011 still included menus, as shown in the figure below, which shows PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.

Ribbon in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Of course, the Ribbon has since been an integral interface element in future versions of Office for Windows, such as Office 2010.

Many seasoned users, when confronted by the Ribbon for the first time typically have a difficult time for a few weeks. Once they are used to the Ribbon, they do prefer it to the menus and toolbars.

Explore these links to learn more about the Ribbon:





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