Creating PowerPoint Presentation Slide ...Where to Start?


The answer is Task Pane. Once you open the PowerPoint presentation program, the task pane is display along the right hand side of the screen.

The Task Pane lists some of the most common tasks you may want to accomplish in PowerPoint. The task panes are descriptive to help you quickly locate the task you want.


To display Task Pane (if it has been closed)

  • From the View menu, click Task Pane.

    PowerPoint task pane



    To switch to other Task Panes

  • Click the Other Task Panes down arrow and select another Task Pane from the menu.

    PowerPoint other task panes



    To display the New Presentation Pane

  • From the File menu, click New.

    PowerPoint New presentation pane



    To open an existing presentation

  • From the New Presentation task pane, click From existing presentation‚Ķto display the New from Existing Presentation dialog box, and select the file you want.
  • For example, you select the file First presentation created in topic 1.

    PowerPoint Existing presentation dialog box


  • Click on Create New button. The presentation is opened and you can do the necessary modifications.


    To create a new blank presentation

  • Click the Blank Presentation in the New Presentation Pane.
    OR click the New icon on the Standard toolbar.
  • This will display the Slide Layout pane that allows you to choose the layout of your slide. The layouts contains text, content and both text and content.

    PowerPoint Slide layout pane


  • Click on the particular layout and begin create the slide.


    The Outline and Slides Tabs

    The Outline Tab presents a title and text outline of each slide in your presentation. Slides can be edited in the Outline area or directly on the slide. If you prefer to edit your text and slides in the Outline area, the Outlining toolbar is dedicated to working in this view.


    To change the size of the Outline and Slides Tabs

  • Click in the Slides tab or Outline tab area.
  • Click the down arrow next to the Zoom box on the Standard toolbar and specify the percentage you want.
  • The Slides Tab displays all slides in your presentation in thumbnail size. The Slides tab area is an easy way to navigate your presentation. You can jump to a slide just by clicking on it.

    Outline or Slides tab


    4 Different PowerPoint Views

    To see the different PowerPoint views, from the Menu bar, click on the View and you will see 4 types of view. Click on the particular view to see the effect.

    PowerPoint 4 different Views


    1) Normal ViewThe Normal View is the default view in PowerPoint. All slide editing is performed in this view. The normal view comprises the Slide Pane, Outline and Slides tabs and the Notes Pane.

    2) Slide Sorter ViewThe Slide Sorter view displays all slides in your presentation as thumbnails. This view is useful to reorder, add, or delete slides. You an also preview animation effects applied to each slide.

    3) The Slide Show View The Slide Show view allows you to view your presentation as a slide show. Your presentation is displayed as a full screen and you can view applied animations.

    4) The Notes ViewThe Notes Page view displays how notes pages will print. A notes page contains a smaller version of the slide and notes entered from the Notes Pane underneath the slide.

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