Different Parts of PowerPoint Window

The below screenshot shows the different parts of the PowerPoint window. You must try to familiarize yourself with the basic PowerPoint tools. It may help you to use PowerPoint and create a presentation easily as well as professionally. 

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Different Parts of PowerPoint Window

Quick Access Toolbar:

This bar located at the top-left corner of the window. It is a group of commonly used commands which makes easy to execute certain procedures. Mostly it contains Save, Undo, Redo, Run Slide commands, etc. You can customize this toolbar to your need

Title Bar

Title Bar is the upper portion of the PowerPoint window. It shows Quick Access Toolbar, the name of the opened file along with the name of the program, sign-in, ribbon display, maximize, minimize, and close buttons. 

Control buttons:

They are small buttons located in the upper right part of the window. It allows to minimize, maximize the size of the window, and close the current document.


The Ribbon is the second section of the PowerPoint window. It consist of the following components.

  • Menus − They located at the top section below the title bar and contain groups of related commands i.e. File, Home, Insert, Design, Transitions, Animation, Slide Show, Review, View, Help menus.
  • Groups − Groups are the combination of organized related commands. Each group name appears below the group section.
  • Commands − They are the predefined instructions of the executable program. It exists in the form of Icons in the ribbon, e.g a group of Slide which contains new slide, layout, reset, section, etc.

File Tab

In the File tab, you can open the Backstage view which allows you to access the basic commands in PowerPoint i.e. create a new presentation, open existing ones, save presentation, print option, share, export and many other options. 

Slide Area

Slide area – It is the area where the slide or document is going to work. It allows updating, editing and adding, deleting content, inserting images, shapes to the selected sheet. It has a series of panels such as notes and zoom, which simplify the work.

Slide sheet – It is the sheet that shows you a scheme with a title and work area. Besides that, it allows you to visualize a thumbnail of the created slide


In previous versions, it appeared an icon above, next to the title bar that offered you general information about functions and powerpoint aspects. In the most recent versions, it is included in the menu bar with the name of Help. selecting the Help menu and click on “?”. It will open the PowerPoint help window where you can browse from. The second help is a search bar with a light bulb icon that tells me (tell me). You can also makes search for a particular command.

Zoom Panel

This panel allows you to manipulate the percentage (%) of vision of the page currently being worked on. You can decrease or increase the zoom factor by the zoom-out symbol (represented by minus -), zoom-in (sum symbol +) respectively.

The maximum zoom-in is 400% and minimus is 10% in PowerPoint.

Slide Views Buttons

They are the four buttons left to the Zoom control contains a series of icons. It allows you to switch among the PowerPoint views. 

Normal view − This shows normal view of the presentation with the slide sheet on the right and slide thumbnails to the left. This view allows you to select the working slide and also rearrange them.

Slide Sorter view − It displays all the slides in a tabular form. This view allows you to arrange the slides only. 

Reading View − This window will allow you to read the slide carefully. However, you cannot perform any editing. 

Slide Show − This displays/runs all the slides along with animations, sounds that you have given to the presentation. 

Status bar:

It is a bar located in the lower area of ​​the powerpoint document window that shows information related to the current page such as the slide number.

Notes Section:

This panel allows you to add an opinion on the slide that is activated for those who are in charge of modifying this document. It is not displayed during the presentation. It can observe and take into consideration your message.


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