"PowerPoint 2010 Ribbon Elements and Manipulations"


The PowerPoint 2010 Ribbon located across the top of the window is your control central in PowerPoint 2010. It replaces the menus and toolbars found in versions prior to 2007.

The default PowerPoint 2010 ribbon consists of nine tabs, which reflect the different tasks you are likely to want to accomplish with the program. The contextual tabs appear when you work with certain types of objects or functions.

For example, when you create the presentation, the Insert tab provides the commands for you to insert different shapes and drawings.

The ribbon is designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 ribbon


The PowerPoint 2010 Ribbon, as it appears by default, includes all the following elements:

  • Tab (File, Home, Insert, Design, Transitions, Animations, Slide Show, Review, and View) appear across the top of the Ribbon and contain groups of related commands.
  • Group are collections of tools available on the Ribbon when a specific tab is selected. For example, on the Insert tab, the groups displayed include Tables, Images, Illustrations, Links, Text, Symbols and Media.
  • Contextual tabs help keep the window uncluttered by displaying task-related tools only when an object is selected in the document.
  • Commands/buttons/icons appear within each group.

To help you better understand the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon, here are the tabs as it functions:

  • File - This tab replaces the Office Button in PowerPoint 2007. Use this tab to do things such as opening, saving, printing files and so on.
  • Home - Use this tab to create, edit and format slides.
  • Insert - Insert various types of objects on slides.
  • Design - Changing the layout of a slide.
  • Transitions - Change the transition effects that are applied when you switch from one slide to the next.
  • Animations - Add or edit animation effects to your slides.
  • Slide Show - Present your presentation (and settings).
  • Review - Proof and add comments to your presentations
  • View - Change the presentation view

  • The Ribbon is fully displayed by default when you begin working with PowerPoint. There is no way to delete or replace the Ribbon with the toolbars and menus from the earlier versions of Microsoft Office. However, you can minimize the Ribbon to increase room on the screen.


    To minimize the Ribbon

    • Press Ctrl+F1 or
    • Click the Minimize the Ribbon button, located to the left of the Help tool just above and at the right end of the Ribbon.
    • Minimize PowerPoint 2010 ribbon

    • The Ribbon reduces to the tabs only. To use the Ribbon while it is minimized, click the tab you want to use, and then click the option or command you want to use.


    To restore the minimized Ribbon

    • Press Ctrl+F1 again or
    • Click Expand the Ribbon button.


    Tips: A quick way to reduce and alternately display the tabs is to double-click one of the tabs. The first double-click hides the Ribbon; the second redisplays it.


    Related Topics:

    Getting Started - Opening and Creating Desktop Shortcut of PowerPoint 2010

    Knowing the PowerPoint 2010 Screen Elements



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