Using the Task Pane



If two or more panes are open at the same time, you can click the navigation buttons to move between them.


You can click a link to activate a feature, or you can select from available options.


To open a particular pane, click the Other Task Panes button (the down arrow button in the upper-right corner of the Task pane), and then click the pane you want to view.


The new pane's contents appear in the Task pane.


The Task pane is a handy way to access common commands and controls. By default, the Task pane is displayed on the right side of the PowerPoint window. You can view several different panes within the Task pane area. For example, you can view slide layouts in the Slide Layout pane, or clip art in the Clip Art pane.


Clicking Home

Click the Home button at the top of the Task pane to return to the default Getting Started pane that appears whenever you open PowerPoint.


Seeing It All

Depending on your screen resolution, you might not be able to see all the information in the Task pane. Click the scroll up or down arrows at the top or bottom of the pane to view more options inside the pane.



To close the pane, click the Close button.


PowerPoint closes the pane area. To display the Task pane again, select View, Task Pane.


The Task pane opens again, displaying the Getting Started pane.


Customizing the Task Pane

You can keep the Task pane from appearing every time you open PowerPoint. Select Tools, Options to open the Options dialog box. Click the View tab and deselect the Startup Task Pane check box. Click OK.


Hiding It Quickly

You can right-click over the Task pane to reveal a shortcut menu of related commands. Click Task Pane to quickly hide the pane from view. To display it again, select View, Task Pane.


Your Screen May Differ

The figures in the remaining parts of this book show the Task pane closed, unless it is related to the task at hand. Your own screen will look different if your Task pane remains open.