What Is the Ribbon in PowerPoint?

The ribbon consists of tabs that group tools and features

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The ribbon is the strip of labels, which PowerPoint calls tabs, that runs across the top of the PowerPoint window. From the ribbon, you can access anything the program has to offer. You no longer have to hunt endlessly through menus and sub-menus to find the commands you want. They are grouped and located in logical places.

The Ribbon Tabs

Each ribbon tab represents a group of tools and features centered around a single purpose.

The main ribbon tabs include:

  • Home. This tab contains the font and paragraph options and cut and paste features.
  • Insert. Use this tab to add something to a slide. It can be images, shapes, charts, text boxes videos or links.
  • Design. The Design tab is home to the themes and color schemes.
  • Transitions. The Transitions tab handles how your slides move from one to the other and include settings for individual transitions. Preview transitions here.
  • Animations. Sample the many animations on this tab that you can apply to objects on your slides.
  • Slide Show. On the Slide Show tab, you set up how your want to show your presentation to your audience.
  • Review. Use the Review tab to add comments and run spell check.
  • View. The View tab shows your presentation in different ways depending on where you are in the process of creating or giving the presentation.

For example, if you want to do something about the design of your presentation, you use the Design tab on the ribbon.

After you click the Design tab, you see sections that run across the ribbon pertaining to things to do with design. If you want to change the background, click on one of the background thumbnails, select a different template entirely, change the size of the slides or let PowerPoint make design suggestions based on the content you've entered.