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Thursday, June 6, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 12:58 pm

Working with the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2011 is intuitive to a very large extent, and it certainly involves a little more than just learning to minimize and maximize the Ribbon tabs. In fact, you can customize to the extent of hiding the entire Ribbon altogether, or changing the Ribbon tab color from orange and a more muted gray.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 12:01 pm

Customizing your PowerPoint Interface is something that lets you place your favorite commands at a position that is easily accessible to you. PowerPoint lets you customize in various ways including adding custom Toolbars and then populating them with commands. In the same way, you can add your own menus, you then populate those menus with your favorite commands.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 12:20 pm

Customizing of a program interface is always desirable for power users, yet even if you are not a power user, you can still benefit from some basic customizing, this is akin to rearranging your office desk to whatever makes you more productive and comfortable. Within PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, you can customize the interface to a large extent based on your requirements, the ability to add and remove custom Toolbars is one such customization option.

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Monday, June 3, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 5:06 pm

It’s great to be able to customize a program according to your workflow, it’s almost like how everyone likes to organize the stuff on their desks, or even the furniture in their rooms. One of the ways that PowerPoint allows you to customize the interface is via adding custom Toolbars, this can be of great help when you use a certain set of commands repeatedly for your tasks. Once you add a new Toolbar though, it’s time to populate the Toolbar with your favorite commands. You can add, reorder, and also remove commands from a Toolbar.

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Friday, May 31, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 5:20 pm

PowerPoint 2011 on the Mac continues to still use Toolbars although the Windows versions of PowerPoint got rid of them a few years ago. That’s great since as a PowerPoint 2011 user, you have more options to perform the same tasks. Additionally, you can customize your Toolbars in PowerPoint 2011. This will save you time since your favorite commands will be more easily accessible, thereby increasing your efficiency and productivity. Also, your new customized Toolbars are not fixed at one position. Instead, they float, they can be dragged to any screen position. You can change their length and width by clicking and dragging the lower-right corner of the Toolbar.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 2:12 pm

Creating and customizing PowerPoint Toolbars is so easy. Still, there are too many Toolbars in PowerPoint, these can make the interface look cluttered. The key to streamlining the Toolbars is to know how to hide and show them as required. So if you don’t need one of the Toolbars most of the time, just go ahead and hide it, getting it back is just another one-click operation.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 4:58 pm

PowerPoint’s Toolbars make it easy to finish tasks with one click rather than using the more intensive option of using the menus. Although, there are so many Toolbars in PowerPoint, making them all visible all the time can make the interface look cluttered.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 1:10 pm

PowerPoint 2007 (and other programs in Office 2007) sport a new interface that contains a tabbed Ribbon instead of the usual toolbars and menus. Several tabs may be visible in the Ribbon, and your tabs might be different than the tabs.

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Friday, May 24, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 5:25 pm

Do you want to insert a check mark, which is also called a tick mark, in your slides? Very often, this symbol indicates a task is done, and you may want to add it as part of your regular text in text placeholders and boxes, shapes, tables, and even charts.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019, posted by Geetesh at 12:57 pm

It really does not matter which program you are using on a Mac. Your Menu Bar remains constant irrespective of the program being used. Yes some menus do change but some such as the Apple menu are retained all the time. To activate the Menu Bar without a mouse, you can press the Ctrl+F2 key combination (or Ctrl+Fn+F2, if you use a smaller keyboard on a Mac laptop). Thereafter you access various menu options by typing their first couple of letters.

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