The PowerPoint Window

Learn more about the PowerPoint XP window so you can comfortably use this presentation software.

The parts of the PowerPoint window

The PowerPoint window has toolbars and panes to help you quickly create presentations. Most of the toolbars are common in Office applications but may feature options unique to PowerPoint.

  • Title bar: Displays the document name followed by a program name
  • Menu bar: Contains a list of options to manage and customize documents
  • Standard toolbar: Contains shortcut buttons for the most popular commands
  • Formatting toolbar: Contains buttons used for formatting
  • Status bar: Displays slide position and the type of design in PowerPoint
  • Drawing toolbar: Contains tools for drawing lines, shapes, and objects
  • Help: Provides quick access to help topics

PowerPoint XP has a new default Normal view called the Tri-pane view. This view, which opens when you launch PowerPoint, allows you to see multiple parts of a presentation at once.

One of the other noticeable changes between PowerPoint 2000 and PowerPoint 2002 is the task pane. Located on the right side of the computer screen, this pane allows you to select tasks in different categories and lets you quickly enhance your slides in a few steps. You'll learn more about the task pane later in this lesson.

PowerPoint window labeled

Also new in PowerPoint 2002 are the Outline and Slides tabbed panes. Click the tabs on the left side of the screen to view an outline or slide of your presentation. The tabs render differently based on the size of the pane.

Outline and Slides Tabs

Outline and Slides Tabs

 You can show or hide PowerPoint's toolbars. Click the View menu and choose Toolbar. Decide which ones you want to show or hide.