"PowerPoint 2007 Ribbon - Understanding the Ribbon"


The PowerPoint 2007 Ribbon is a bar across the top of the window that contains tabbed pages of commands and icons/buttons. It replaces the previous versions menu bar and drop down menus.

The Ribbon comprised of tabs that are organized by task or objects. The controls on each tab are organized into groups, or subtasks.

The command buttons/icons in each group execute a command, or display a menu of commands or a drop-down gallery. Controls in each group provide a visual way to quickly make presentation changes.

PowerPoint 2007 ribbon

Here are the elements in a PowerPoint 2007 ribbon:

  • Ribbon: The whole bar, including all of the tabs located at the top of the presentation window.
  • Tab: A tabbed page of the Ribbon such as Home, Insert, etc. That is Standard tab. Every tab contains several groups and every group has it own command icons. A Contextual tab such as Picture Tools, Drawing, or Table that appear only when they are needed based on the type of task you are doing.
  • Group: A section of a tab. For example, the Home tab has the following groups: Clipboard, Slides, Font, Paragraph, Styles, and Editing.
  • Dialog box launcher: A small icon in the bottom-right corner of a group, from which you can open a dialog box related to that group.


Note: When you point to a gallery option, such as WordArt, on the Ribbon, PowerPoint displays a live preview of the option change so that you can see exactly what your change will look like before committing to it.


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Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 - Getting Started

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How to Add a New Slide to Your PowerPoint 2007 Presentation?

How to Copy Slides From Other Presentations Created in PowerPoint?

Saving Your Work (Presentation) in PowerPoint 2007



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