What's new in Power Point 2010

What’s New in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint 2010 is very different from previous versions. The table below gives you an overview of what to expect.

Improved Ribbon

The Ribbon makes all the commands needed to work with a program readily available. The Ribbon was introduced in PowerPoint 2007, but has been improved in PowerPoint 2010: now you can create your own tabs and groups for the Ribbon. You can also rename or change the order of default tabs and groups.

Backstage View

Backstage view is where you open, save, print, share, and manage your files and program options. To access Backstage view, click the File tab on the Ribbon.

Presentation Management

Three new tools help you manage, protect, and share your presentations:

Recover previous versions lets you revert to an earlier version of your presentation. Protected view helps protect your computer from online attacks when opening files from the Internet. Trusted documents remembers which files you trust so you aren’t prompted each time the file is opened.

Paste with Live Preview

Allows you to preview how pasted content will look with various paste options before you paste it.

More Themes and Styles

Predefined styles and themes let you change the overall look and feel of a presentation in just a few clicks. Now Office 2010 has even more themes you can apply to your documents.

Improved Picture-Editing Tools

There are many new ways to edit pictures and images in your presentations.

Insert screenshots: You can take a screenshot or screen clipping and add it to your presentations. Improved SmartArt: Now you can add SmartArt that uses photographs. Other tools: New picture editing tools let you refine the brightness, contrast, or sharpness of a picture; add artistic effects; and control cropping and compression.

Accessibility Checker

The Accessibility Checker lets you find and fix issues that can make it difficult for people with disabilities to read or interact with your presentation.

Language Tools

Improved language tools let multilingual users set preferences for language settings in Office 2010.

Organize Presentations

Organize slides into sections for simplified editing and navigation.

Insert Equations

PowerPoint 2010’s built-in Equation Tools make it easier to write and edit equations in your slides.

Improved Transition and Animation Tools

The ability to apply and edit transition and animation effects has greatly improved in the new edition of PowerPoint. Besides the addition of great new effects, animations and transitions now each have a dedicated tab on the Ribbon. You can also apply copied animation effects with the use of the new

Animation Painter tool.

New Audio and Video Tools

There are some great new features for using audio and video clips in your presentations. All audio and video clips are automatically embedded in the file so you no longer have to manage multiple files. You can now insert Web videos directly into your presentation so you no longer having to leave the presentation to play Web-based videos. New editing tools allow you to trim the length of clips, fade in and out, and use bookmarks to navigate clips or trigger animation effects.

Media File Size Management

Inserting audio, video, and images into your presentation can make the file size unruly. The

Compress Media tool allows you to reduce the size of the media files to make sharing easier.

Broadcasting Presentations

Have an off-site audience with whom you want to share your presentation? All they need is a Web browser. You can now broadcast your presentation over the Internet using the PowerPoint Broadcast Service through Windows Live, or another service.

Sharing Presentations

Share presentations via e-mail in several different file formats, including video.

Collaboration Tools

If you have a SharePoint 2010 server, you can save your presentation to a shared space where several users can work on a presentation simultaneously. If that isn’t an option, you can use the new

Compare command to compare and merge different versions of the same presentation.

Laser Pointer Tool

With a simple keystroke combination, you can turn your mouse pointer into a laser pointer.

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