This PowerPoint Toolbars tutorial will show you how to work with the PowerPoint toolbars including how to modify the toolbars, turn them on and off, add and remove buttons, and how to create your own customized toolbars.
Toolbars include important components for developing a presentation. A toolbar is an onscreen bar which contains shortcut buttons. These allow easy access to frequently used commands. You can easily get to the toolbars you ned by telling PowerPoint which ones to display.
PowerPoint includes 13 toolbars including commonly used ones such as the Standard, Formatting, Drawing, Picture, and E-mail toolbars. You don't need all of them at once, and some you may seldom use so you don't want them taking up space on your screen. You can pick and choose which toolbars are visible, and once you know how to turn toolbars on and off, you can always get to the toolbar you need.
Display and Hide PowerPoint Toolbars
Click View. Then click on Toolbars. A fly-out menu will appear with a list of all of the Windows toolbars and any others that you may have installed from other applications on your computer.
In the list of PowerPoint toolbars, the ones with the check mark next them are visible. The ones without a checkmark are hidden.
To make a toolbars visible, simply click on its name in the list, a checkmark will appear next to the toolbar name in the list and the toolbar will become visible in your PowerPoint workplace.
Check the toolbar you want to be visible and repeat as necessary.
You can also right-click on any existing toolbar and check or uncheck any entry in the shortcut menu.
You can also right-click your mouse anywhere in a toolbar area and the list of PowerPoint toolbars will appear. From here you can turn toolbars on or off.
Moving and Changing the Toolbars
You can reposition toolbars on the presentation you are working on. You can also resize toolbars so that all or only a few of the buttons contained in them are visible.
Each toolbar has four vertical dots that help you move them to a fixed position on the screen or to floating positions on the screen. To move a toolbar, click the four dots that are found on the left end of each toolbar.
Note that when you choose to view a toolbar, it appears in the position in which it was most recently used. It it was last docked at the bottom of the screen, then that's where it will appear again when it is turned back on. You may need to experiment with various toolbar locations until you find the arrangement that works best for you.
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Creating Your Own Toolbar
You can create your own customized toolbar. Right click any toolbar and hit Customize. In the Customize dialog box. select the toolbars tab and click New. Name the toolbar and allocate a template.
In the Toolbars list, click the toolbars you want to display. Click Close, and the toolbars you selected appear on the workspace.
View these related PowerPoint tutorials:
The PowerPoint Workspace
See also the Non-Linear PowerPoint Tutorials for a way to make a great user centered presentation.
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