PowerPoint Vocabulary

List of vocabulary: The vocabulary lists important terms and its definitions for PowerPoint. Either click on the links below to get to each lesson or scroll down the page.

Lesson #1 Vocab

Lesson #2 Vocab

Lesson #3 Vocab

 Lesson #5: Title: PowerPoint Vocabulary

Lesson #1: Introduction to PowerPoint

Menu Bar: :  Located at the top of the screen underneath the title bar.  It contains categories, which when clicked on provide pull down menus with more specific related options.  (Example pressing the category help opens a pull-down menu containing).


Standard toolbar: Located below the menu bar, it contains buttons of the most basic functions of PowerPoint.  (Functions such as saving a file, printing a presentation, and opening a new presentation are easily accessible).


Formatting toolbar: Located directly blow the Standard Toolbar it provides easy access to formatting options.  (Example: Type face can be easily changed from standard to bold, italic or underlined using this bar).


Drawing toolbar: Located at the bottom of the screen it appears directly above the status bar.  It contains tools to easily locating features to create and edit slides.  (Example:   By clicking the insert picture button one does not have to find its location on the menu bar and the pull down menu).


Slide view: Displays one slide at a time in the center of the screen, allowing one to edit the slide.  It is in this view that text, pictures, graphs and a variety of other things can be added and edited.


Slide Sorter view: It appears as a column, displaying multiple thumbnail views of a few slides to the left of the current slide being viewed.  Some simple functions that can be preformed within the Slide Show Sorter are: 

1.  By dragging a thumbnail to a different location, the order slides appear in the slideshow can be manipulated. 

2.  Slides can also be easily deleted by selecting the slide and pressing the delete key.


Outline view: Located as a tab to the left of the Slide Sorter View.  It provides the fastest way to edit text, there is an ease in copying text from one slide to another and rearranging slide order.


Notes Page view: It is a page of notes which correspond to the slides, elaborating more points for the presenter to make during a presentation.  The notes are not view during the presentation but can be printed before to help the presenter during the presentation.


Normal view: Displays the Slide, Outline and Notes Page views in one window, each view having its own pane.  Any change made in one view is automatically reflected in all the others.


Slide Show view: An electronic presentation on the computer which displays slides one at a time.  Depending on which effects were added during the creation process, the show will either appear manually or automatically and can have various transition effects.

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Lesson #2: Creating a Presentation

Office Assistant: The Office Assistant is a tool designed to answer questions the user may have in regards to a specific function or task that they would like to do.  You access this feature by either clicking on the Assistant icon, or by pulling down the Help menu and clicking “show office assistant.”  Next, you may type in the question that you have, which will then lead you to helpful references. 


Print command: The Print Command, which can be found by pulling down the File Menu, allows you to print your presentation by clicking on it.


File menu: The File Menu, (which is used in almost all every Windows application) contains important commands such as the Save, Open, Print and Exit commands.  This feature can be found on the Menu bar, towards the upper left hand side of the screen.


Slide Layout: The slide layout is a predefined slide format that determines the position of the objects on a slide.  You can access 24 different slide layouts by pulling down the Format menu, clicking “slide layout” and then choosing one that best suits your needs.


Placeholder: A placeholder refers to the spot determining the position of each object in the slide layout.  For example, the box for the title would be called a placeholder, as would each additional box to add either text or clip art.


Design Template: A Design Template is a design specification that controls every element in a presentation, which specifies the color scheme for the slides and the arrangement of the different elements (placeholders) on each slide. Such elements include the fonts used, and size and placement of the bulleted text.  This feature can be accessed by pulling down the Format menu, clicking “apply design template” and following the directions.


Save As: The Save As command, found in the File Menu, allows you to save the presentation you are working on to a specific drive, and title name.  This feature will also appear the first time you save your presentation with the regular Save command.



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Lesson #3: Creating a Slide Show

Animation Effects: Animation Effects, found in the Custom Animation command in the Slide Show menu, vary the way in which objects on a slide appear during the presentation. For example, you can make bullets, letters or words appear one at a time, in reverse order, or dim them after they appear. 


Transition Effects: Transitions refer to the way in which one slide moves off the screen and the next slide appears.  For example, they may move on the screen from left to right, uncovered, fade, dissolve etc. This feature is found under the Slide Transition command in the Slide Show menu.


Clip Art: Clip art refers to any picture or art image that you add to enhance your presentation.  This can be done by pulling down the Insert menu, selecting “insert picture” then “Clip Art” and then selecting the picture you would like to add to your presentation.


Summary Slide: The Summary Slide creates a bulleted list from the titles of the selected slides.  You can make one by pulling down the Edit menu, pressing “Select All,” and clicking on the Summary Slide Button on the Slide Sorter Toolbar.


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