The wideband at the top of PowerPoint, which groups the list of commands, is called the Ribbon.
The Ribbon is a user interface element that organizes various commands, features, and tools in a visual and accessible manner. It was first introduced in Microsoft Office 2007, and since then, it has become a standard part of the interface in all Office applications, including PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook.
The Ribbon is designed to help users find and use the features of the software more efficiently and intuitively. It is organized into a series of tabs, each containing a set of related commands and tools, making it easier for users to locate and access the functions they need. The main tabs in PowerPoint include Home, Insert, Design, Transitions, Animations, Slide Show, Review, and View.
Here’s a brief overview of what each tab offers:
- Home: This tab contains the most commonly used commands, such as creating new slides, formatting text, and managing objects on the slide. It also includes options for clipboard management (cut, copy, paste), slide layouts, font formatting, paragraph formatting, and drawing tools.
- Insert: This tab enables users to add various elements to their slides, such as images, shapes, text boxes, charts, tables, audio, video, and other multimedia content. It also includes options for adding hyperlinks, action buttons, headers and footers, and more.
- Design: The Design tab offers tools for customizing the appearance of the presentation, such as choosing a theme, selecting a slide background, and modifying slide elements like colors, fonts, and effects. Users can also set up slide masters and layouts to ensure a consistent design throughout the presentation.
- Transitions: This tab focuses on slide transitions, which are the visual effects that occur when moving from one slide to the next during a presentation. Users can choose from a variety of transition effects, customize the duration and direction of the transitions, and add sound effects if desired.
- Animations: The Animations tab provides tools for adding and customizing animations for slide elements, such as text, images, and shapes. Users can apply entrance, emphasis, exit, and motion path animations and adjust their timing, duration, and other properties.
- Slide Show: This tab contains commands for managing and configuring the presentation’s slide show mode, including setting up presenter view, rehearsing timings, recording narration, and configuring monitor settings for multi-screen presentations.
- Review: The Review tab offers tools for proofreading and collaborating on presentations, such as spell check, language settings, comments, and comparing different versions of the presentation.
- View: This tab provides options for changing the way the presentation is displayed in the PowerPoint window, such as switching between normal, slide sorter, and reading views, adjusting zoom levels, and showing or hiding various interface elements like the ruler, gridlines, and guides.