This PowerPoint 2016 lesson includes everything you need to know to create dynamic Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.
PowerPoint is a presentation program that allows you to create dynamic slide presentations. These presentations can include animation, narration, images, videos, and much more. In this lesson, you'll learn your way around the PowerPoint environment, including the Ribbon, Quick Access Toolbar, and Backstage view.
Watch the video below to learn more about getting started with PowerPoint.
PowerPoint 2016 is similar to PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2010. If you've previously used these versions, PowerPoint 2016 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 2016 interface.
When you open PowerPoint 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. From the Start Screen, locate and select Blank Presentation to access the PowerPoint interface.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to become familiar with the PowerPoint interface.
The Quick Access Toolbar lets you access common commands no matter which tab is selected. You can customize the commands depending on your preference.
The Ribbon contains all of the commands you will need to perform common tasks in PowerPoint. It has multiple tabs, each with several groups of commands.
The Tell me box works like a search bar to help you quickly find tools or commands you want to use.
From here, you can access your Microsoft account information, view your profile, and switch accounts.
The Ruler is located at the top and to the left of your current slide. It makes it easy to align text and objects on your slide.
Here, you can view and edit the selected slide.
The slide navigation pane allows you to view and organize the slides in your presentation.
Here, you can quickly see the total number of slides in your presentation, as well as which slide you are viewing.
Click Notes to add notes to your current slide. Often called speaker notes, they can help you deliver or prepare for your presentation.
Reviewers can leave comments on any slide. Click Comments to view comments for the current slide.
There are four ways to view a presentation. Simply click a command to select the desired view.
Click and drag the slider to use the zoom control. The number to the right of the slider reflects the zoom percentage.
The scroll bars allow you to scroll up and down or side to side. To do this, click and drag the vertical or horizontal scroll bar.