The PowerPoint TaskPane

This PowerPoint TaskPane tutorial demonstrates the many features in the various task pane views.

PowerPoint TaskPane

PowerPoint 2003 provides a special PowerPoint taskpane on the right side of the screen which you can us to launch various tasks. The main functions of the PowerPoint Task Pane can be accessed by clicking in the Other Task Panes drop-down menu.

If the PowerPoint Task Pane isn't visible on your work area, you can view it by clicking on the the View Menu and then Task Pane. You can also use the keystrokes Ctrl+F1


The Getting Started PowerPoint TaskPane launches when you start PowerPoint 2003. If it isn't visible, hit Ctrl+F1 then select it in the drop-down list


PowerPoint TaskPane

task pane getting started


Getting Started

The Getting Started PowerPoint TaskPane launches when you start PowerPoint 2003.

task pane help


PowerPoint Help

In PowerPoint Help, you can type in a search term and then click the green arrow. If your Web connection is live, Help searches Office Online. The results will show up in the Search Results Task Pane below.


task pane search results


Search Results

In the Search Results PowerPoint TaskPane you can type text to search for Microsoft Office Help, training, and templates from the Microsoft Knowledge Base. If your connected to the Web, you'll see results from a vast repository of problem-solving solutions.


task pane search results


Clip Art

You can search through hundreds of pieces of clip art in the Clip Art Task Pane. If your Web connection is live, you can also search Microsoft's Online library of clip art and images.

In the search box, type in the term you are looking for and click the GO button. The clip art that is identified by the key word is displayed. A ScreenTip displays the keywords associated with the graphic, its size, and its format.

Click on the thumbnail to insert the image into the current slide.



task pane search results


New Presentation

You can create new presentations in several ways from the New Presentation Task Pane.

Click on any of the new presentation methods listed in the pane. You can create a blank presentation, a presentation from a design template, from an AutoContent wizard, or from an existing presentation or photo.

You can also create presentations from templates on your computer or you can search for templates online.



task pane search results


Slide Layout

The Slide Layout Task Pane includes thumbnails of layouts you can apply to selected slides in your presentation. The slide layouts are divided into Content Layouts, Text Layouts, Text and Content Layouts, and Other Layouts

You can point to a slide layout to see their Screen Tips.

You can apply different slide layouts to selected slides in your presentation by clicking on the slide layout thumbnail or by clicking on options from the drop-down menu on each thumbnail.


task pane search results


Slide Design

You can apply different templates to your presentation until you find the look that you like best. To apply a template to an existing presentation, you open the presentation and then use the Slide Design Task Pane to locate and select the template that you want to use.

Click on the design thumbnail and PowerPoint applies the information from the design template to the Master Slides in the presentation. The text style and format, colors, and background objects change to match those of the template, but the content remains the same.


task pane search results


Color Scheme

The Color Scheme Task Pane displays a preview of the color scheme currently used by the Slide Master - which is identified by the selection box around it. The other available color schemes are also displayed.

To change the color scheme, point and click on one of the other color scheme thumbnails. PowerPoint will apply the color information to the Master Slides in the current presentation.


task pane search results

Custom Animation

The Custom Animation Task Pane displays a list of the animation events that have been applied to the current slide. Each event item in the list represents an animation and is labeled with part of the text from the slide.

An icon is displayed that represents the type of animation and triggers are show which begin the animation event.

Number indicate the order in which the animations play and correspond to the labels associated with the animated items.

See also the Non-Linear PowerPoint Tutorial for a way to make a great user centered presentation.


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PowerPoint Tutorials: Microsoft PowerPoint 2003

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Getting Acquainted

The PowerPoint Workspace
The Task Pane
Working with the Taskpane
The Slide Views
Working with Toolbars

Creating Slide Shows

Creating a New Presentation
Set Visual Rules
Inserting New Slides
Adding Text to Slides
Using Grids and Guidelines
Edit and Format Text
Cut, Copy, and Paste Text
Bulleted Lists

Designing Slides

Create Master Slides
Adding New Masters
Apply Design Templates

Lines, Curves, & Shapes

Draw and Format Lines
Draw a Rectangle
Draw an Ellipse
Draw Bezier Curves
Draw Freeform Lines
Modify AutoShapes

Using Multimedia

Custom Animations
Inserting Sound
Transition Effects
Add Action Buttons
Embed Video
Add Looped Audio
Record Narrations

Tips & Tricks

Add Watermark
Add Slide Numbers
View Multiple Presentations
Keyboard Shortcuts

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