Ribbons

One of the greatest changes to Office 2007 is the introduction of ribbons rather than drop-down menus and a multitude of toolbars (really, you'll grow to love them). Click on an item in the ribbon bar (where it shows Home, Insert, Design, etc.) to view the ribbon choices available under that item. 

If you want to quickly learn where a menu item has been replaced to, visit the Where'd It Go article. This article contains clickable clicks from PowerPoint 2003 to the equivalent features in PowerPoint 2007.

The following shows the various ribbons available.:

Click on a ribbon illustration below to jump to that article.

Home Ribbon

The Home ribbon is also the primary formatting ribbon. Select this item to apply most text formatting choices.

Insert Ribbon

Use the Insert ribbon to.. insert things, such as pictures, tables, hyperlinks, text boxes, and other special items.

Design Ribbon

Use the Design ribbon to select design themes and customize colors, fonts, etc.

Animations Ribbon

Use the Animations ribbon to to add and customize animation effects.

Slide Show Ribbon

Use the Slide Show ribbon to access options relating to the presentation such as custom shows, hide slides, time presentation, etc.

Review Ribbon

Use the Review ribbon to access reviewing options including spell checking, thesaurus, comments, etc.

View Ribbon

Use the View ribbon to select view and display options.

Developer Ribbon

Use the Developer ribbon to create macros and access other controls.

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Format Ribbon

Use the Format ribbon to apply formatting to text and selected objects.

Keyboard Access to Ribbons

If you like keyboard access to ribbons and ribbon choices but do not want to memorize a million combinations, press the Alt key. In the following illustration, the Alt key was pressed. Note the letter access to each ribbon:

In this next illustration, the N key (letter assigned for the Insert ribbon) was pressed. Note the letter access to the ribbon elements: