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If you've been using PowerPoint 2007, then you will right at home with Microsoft's newest release. Aside from the Backstage view discussed earlier, there aren't many changes to the Ribbon. As we navigate through the Home Tab, you will see that the Paste command is probably the first thing that you will notice that's changed. We are going to go over this Paste command in just a little bit. Let's see what else has changed, though. What was the Animations tab has now been split into the Transitions and Animations tab. By splitting these on the two different tabs, we know how a far greater control and more options to control the transitions and animations available to us in our presentation.
Going back to the Insert tab, there is a new feature called Screenshot, which allows you to capture screen image and insert it into your presentation. When we have a picture selected, just as before, the Picture Tools Format tab appears, and you will see that there are some new commands available to us as well here. We will discuss Corrections, Color, Artistic Effects, and the new Remove Background tool, which can take a background right out of an image, as you can see here. And finally, if we have a video or audio selected, you will see that PowerPoint gives us much-needed tools to control the format and playback of that video or audio file.
Another improvement made to the Ribbon is the ability to customize the Ribbon, including the tabs, groups and individual buttons. In fact, you can even create your own tab. Watch as I right-click anywhere on the Ribbon and access the Customize the Ribbon option. The left-hand side of this dialog box includes every single command available to PowerPoint. Shown here are Popular Commands, but if I pull down the Option menu, I can choose from Commands Not currently displayed, All Commands, or even a list of macros that I have created.
The right-hand side of the dialog box includes the commands currently displayed on the Ribbon. From the bottom, I can create a new tab, a new group, or rename something that's already there. Watch as I create a brand-new tab. I will click New Tab, give it a name, and now I will add some commands, including Font, Font Size, Open, and Save. I will break down my new commands into smaller groups, such as my Formatting group, and create a new group called Document Management.
I will move Open and Save into those new groups, and now with my New Tab ready to go I will hit OK. As you can see on the Ribbon, I now have David's New Tab, with the commands I asked for: changing the font, changing the size, Open and Save. As you can see, accessing PowerPoint's features has become even easier with this release, and the ability to customize your Ribbon is the one that users of Office 2007 will surely enjoy.
Keep watching and you will see the new features put to use to create a compelling presentation.
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