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Quick Start Guide
New to PowerPoint? Use this guide to learn the basics.
Quick Access Toolbar
Keep favorite commands
permanently visible.
Share your work with others
Invite other people to view and
edit cloud-based presentations.
PowerPoint
Find whatever you need
Look up PowePoint commands,
get Help, or search the Web.
Show or hide the ribbon
Select the pin icon to keep the
ribbon displayed, or hide it
again by selecting the arrow.
Navigate and organize
Select a slide thumbnail to
switch to it or drag a slide to
move it up or down in the list.
Change your view
Select the status bar buttons
to switch between views, or
use the zoom slider to
magnify the slide display to
your liking.
Explore the ribbon
See what PowerPoint can do by selecting the
ribbon tabs and exploring available tools.
Discover contextual commands
Select text, pictures, or other objects in
a presentation to reveal additional tabs.
Add notes and comments
Track feedback while drafting
your deck and keep important
facts handy while presenting.
Rotate objects in place
Freely control the placement and
orientationof text boxes, pictures,
and other selected objects.
Start the show
Select to present from the
current slide, or select the
Slide Show tab on the ribbon.
PowerPoint
Create something
Begin with a Blank Presentation to get right to work. Or save yourself time by
selecting and then customizing a theme or template that resembles what you
need. Click File > New, and then select or search for the theme or template you
want.
Find recent files
Whether you only work with files stored on your PC’s local hard drive or you
roam across various cloud services, selecting File > Open takes you to your
recently used documents and any files that you may have pinned to your list.
Stay connected
Need to work on the go and across different devices? Click File > Account to sign
in and access your recently used files anywhere, on any device, through seamless
integration between Office, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint.
Share your work with others
To invite others to view or edit your presentations in the cloud, select the Share
button in the top right corner of the app window. In the Share pane that opens,
you can get a sharing link or send invitations to the people you select.
Get inspired while you work
Pressed for time or feeling uninspired? If you’re an Office 365 subscriber, let
PowerPoint create great-looking slides for you based on the content you’ve
added. Select Design > Design Ideas and then select your preferred layout in the
Design Ideas task pane.
Morph images and objects
PowerPoint 2016 introduces Morph, a new cinematic effect for Office 365
subscribers that creates smooth, animated transitions by tracking and moving
images and other objects across multiple slides in your presentation.
Format shapes with precision
Precisely format a selected picture, shape, or object with the comprehensive tools
available in the Format Shape task pane. To display it, right-click the picture,
shape, or object, and select Format Shape.
PowerPoint
On the copied slide, move and resize any
of the text, pictures, or objects as needed.
For example, you can make an item stand
out by increasing its size, or you can line
things up and add descriptions. This
second slide indicates the placement of
objects at the end of the transition.
Create a new slide and then add any text
and pictures or objects that you want.
This first slide indicates the placement of
objects at the beginning of the transition.
Next, right-click the slide thumbnail and
select Duplicate Slide.
To apply the effect, select the second slide thumbnail, select the Transitions
tab, and then select Morph. PowerPoint tracks the objects found on both slides
and then animates their size and position when the effect is viewed.
To preview the effect, select Preview on the Transitions tab. If you want to
customize the effect, select the Effect Options button on the Transitions tab.
Find whatever you need
Type a keyword or phrase into the Tell me what you want to do search box on
the ribbon to quickly find the PowerPoint features and commands you’re looking
for, to discover Help content, or to get more information online.
Look up relevant information
With Smart Lookup, PowerPoint searches the Internet for relevant information
to define words, phrases, and concepts. Search results shown on the task pane
can provide useful context for the ideas you’re sharing in your presentations.
Get other Quick Start Guides
To download our free Quick Start Guides for your other favorite apps, go to
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2008317.
Next steps with PowerPoint
See what’s new in Office
Explore the new and improved features in PowerPoint and the other Office apps.
Visit https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=871117 for more information.
Get free training, tutorials, and videos for Office
Ready to dig deeper into the capabilities that PowerPoint has to offer? Visit
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=871123 to explore our free training
options.
Send us your feedback
Love PowerPoint? Got an idea for improvement to share with us? On the
File menu, select Feedback and then follow the prompts to send your
suggestions directly to the PowerPoint product team. Thank you!
PowerPoint

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PowerPoint Quick Start Guide

  • 1. Quick Start Guide New to PowerPoint? Use this guide to learn the basics. Quick Access Toolbar Keep favorite commands permanently visible. Share your work with others Invite other people to view and edit cloud-based presentations. PowerPoint Find whatever you need Look up PowePoint commands, get Help, or search the Web. Show or hide the ribbon Select the pin icon to keep the ribbon displayed, or hide it again by selecting the arrow. Navigate and organize Select a slide thumbnail to switch to it or drag a slide to move it up or down in the list. Change your view Select the status bar buttons to switch between views, or use the zoom slider to magnify the slide display to your liking. Explore the ribbon See what PowerPoint can do by selecting the ribbon tabs and exploring available tools. Discover contextual commands Select text, pictures, or other objects in a presentation to reveal additional tabs. Add notes and comments Track feedback while drafting your deck and keep important facts handy while presenting. Rotate objects in place Freely control the placement and orientationof text boxes, pictures, and other selected objects. Start the show Select to present from the current slide, or select the Slide Show tab on the ribbon.
  • 2. PowerPoint Create something Begin with a Blank Presentation to get right to work. Or save yourself time by selecting and then customizing a theme or template that resembles what you need. Click File > New, and then select or search for the theme or template you want. Find recent files Whether you only work with files stored on your PC’s local hard drive or you roam across various cloud services, selecting File > Open takes you to your recently used documents and any files that you may have pinned to your list. Stay connected Need to work on the go and across different devices? Click File > Account to sign in and access your recently used files anywhere, on any device, through seamless integration between Office, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint. Share your work with others To invite others to view or edit your presentations in the cloud, select the Share button in the top right corner of the app window. In the Share pane that opens, you can get a sharing link or send invitations to the people you select.
  • 3. Get inspired while you work Pressed for time or feeling uninspired? If you’re an Office 365 subscriber, let PowerPoint create great-looking slides for you based on the content you’ve added. Select Design > Design Ideas and then select your preferred layout in the Design Ideas task pane. Morph images and objects PowerPoint 2016 introduces Morph, a new cinematic effect for Office 365 subscribers that creates smooth, animated transitions by tracking and moving images and other objects across multiple slides in your presentation. Format shapes with precision Precisely format a selected picture, shape, or object with the comprehensive tools available in the Format Shape task pane. To display it, right-click the picture, shape, or object, and select Format Shape. PowerPoint On the copied slide, move and resize any of the text, pictures, or objects as needed. For example, you can make an item stand out by increasing its size, or you can line things up and add descriptions. This second slide indicates the placement of objects at the end of the transition. Create a new slide and then add any text and pictures or objects that you want. This first slide indicates the placement of objects at the beginning of the transition. Next, right-click the slide thumbnail and select Duplicate Slide. To apply the effect, select the second slide thumbnail, select the Transitions tab, and then select Morph. PowerPoint tracks the objects found on both slides and then animates their size and position when the effect is viewed. To preview the effect, select Preview on the Transitions tab. If you want to customize the effect, select the Effect Options button on the Transitions tab.
  • 4. Find whatever you need Type a keyword or phrase into the Tell me what you want to do search box on the ribbon to quickly find the PowerPoint features and commands you’re looking for, to discover Help content, or to get more information online. Look up relevant information With Smart Lookup, PowerPoint searches the Internet for relevant information to define words, phrases, and concepts. Search results shown on the task pane can provide useful context for the ideas you’re sharing in your presentations. Get other Quick Start Guides To download our free Quick Start Guides for your other favorite apps, go to https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2008317. Next steps with PowerPoint See what’s new in Office Explore the new and improved features in PowerPoint and the other Office apps. Visit https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=871117 for more information. Get free training, tutorials, and videos for Office Ready to dig deeper into the capabilities that PowerPoint has to offer? Visit https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=871123 to explore our free training options. Send us your feedback Love PowerPoint? Got an idea for improvement to share with us? On the File menu, select Feedback and then follow the prompts to send your suggestions directly to the PowerPoint product team. Thank you! PowerPoint