PowerPoint 2013 is a presentation software that allows you to create dynamic slide presentations. Slideshows can include animation, narration, images, videos, and much more.
When you open PowerPoint 2013 for the first time, the Start Screen will appear. From here, you'll be able to create a new presentation, choose a template, and access your recently edited presentations.
PowerPoint 2013 is similar to PowerPoint 2010. If you've previously used PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013 should feel familiar. But if you are new to PowerPoint or have more experience with older versions, you should first take some time to become familiar with the PowerPoint 2013 interface.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to become familiar with the PowerPoint 2013 interface.
The Quick Access Toolbar lets you access common commands no matter which tab is selected. You can customize the commands depending on your preference.
The Ribbon contains all of the commands you will need to perform common tasks in PowerPoint. It has multiple tabs, each with several groups of commands.
From here, you can access your Microsoft account information, view your profile, and switch accounts.
The Ruler is located at the top and to the left of your current slide. It makes it easy to align text and objects on your slide.
Here, you can view and edit the selected slide.
The slide navigation pane allows you to view and organize the slides in your presentation.
Here, you can quickly see the total number of slides in your presentation, as well as which slide you are viewing.
Click Notes to add notes to your current slide. Often called speaker notes, they can help you deliver or prepare for your presentation.
Reviewers can leave comments on any slide. Click Comments to view comments for the current slide.
There are four ways to view a presentation. Simply click a command to select the desired view.
Click and drag the slider to use the zoom control. The number to the right of the slider reflects the zoom percentage.
The scroll bars allow you to scroll up and down or side to side. To do this, click and drag the vertical or horizontal scroll bar.
If you've previously used PowerPoint 2010 or 2007, PowerPoint 2013 will feel familiar. It continues to use features like the Ribbon and the Quick Access toolbar—where you will find commands to perform common tasks in PowerPoint—as well as Backstage view.
PowerPoint 2013 uses a tabbed Ribbon system instead of traditional menus. The Ribbon contains multiple tabs, each with several groups of commands. You will use these tabs to perform the most common tasks in PowerPoint.
You'll need to move between tabs to perform common tasks in PowerPoint. Knowing where to find the right command will make PowerPoint easier to use.
Click the arrows in the slideshow below to learn more about the different commands available within each tab on the Ribbon.
The Home tab gives you access to the most commonly used commands, including copy and paste, formatting, and the New Slide command. The Home tab is selected by default whenever you open PowerPoint.
The Insert tab allows you to insert pictures, charts, tables, shapes, and videos, which can help you communicate information visually and add style to your presentation.
You can apply themes from the Design tab. A theme is a predefined combination of colors, fonts, and effects that can quickly change the look and feel of your entire slide show. Different themes also include different slide layouts.
You can apply slide transitions from the Transitions tab. Transitions are the movements you see between slides when presenting your slide show.
The Animations tab allows you to animate text and objects such as clip art, shapes, and pictures. Animations can be used to draw attention to specific content or make the slide easier to read.
When you're ready to present your slide show, the Slide Show tab gives you tools to make your presentation smooth and professional, including the option to rehearse timings and record narration.
You can use the Review tab to access PowerPoint's powerful editing features, including spell check and comments. These features make it easy to review and collaborate on presentations.
The View tab allows you to switch between several different views for your presentation, including Outline View, Slide Sorter, and Slide Master. These views can help you prepare and organize your slide show.
Contextual tabs will appear on the Ribbon when working with certain items like tables, shapes, and pictures. These tabs contain special command groups that can help you format these items as needed.
The Ribbon is designed to respond to your current task, but you can choose to minimize it if you find that it takes up too much screen space.
Located just above the Ribbon, the Quick Access toolbar lets you access common commands no matter which tab is selected. By default, it includes the Save, Undo, Repeat, and Start Presentation commands. You can add other commands depending on your preference.
PowerPoint includes several tools to help organize and arrange content on your slides, including the Ruler, guides, and gridlines. These tools make it easier to align objects on your slides. Simply click the check boxes in the Show group on the View tab to show and hide these tools.
Simply click and drag to move the horizontal or vertical guides to a new position.
Backstage view gives you various options for saving, opening, printing, and sharing your presentations.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using Backstage view.
You can use the arrow to close Backstage view and return to PowerPoint.
The Info pane will appear whenever you access Backstage view. It contains information about the current presentation.
From here, you can create a new blank presentation or choose from a large selection of templates.
From here, you can open recent presentations, as well as presentations saved to your OneDrive or on your computer.
Use Save and Save As to save your presentation to your computer or to your OneDrive.
From the Print pane, you can change the print settings and print your presentation. You can also see a preview of your presentation.
From here, you can invite people to view and collaborate on your presentation. You can also share your presentation by emailing it as an attachment.
You can choose to export your workbook in another format, such as PDF/XPS or PowerPoint 97-2003.
Click here to close the current presentation.
From the Account pane, you can access your Microsoft account information, modify your theme and background, and sign out of your account.
Here, you can change various PowerPoint options, settings, and language preferences.
You can review our lesson on Working with Your Microsoft Account and OneDrive to learn more about using OneDrive.