Warren Central High School

Advanced Computer Applications

What is Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is a software product used to perform computer-based presentations. There are various circumstances in which a presentation is made: teaching a class, introducing a product to sell, explaining an organizational structure.


The Toolbars

Under the menu bar, there is another bar made of various buttons. This is called a toolbar. There are various toolbars used in Microsoft PowerPoint. Each toolbar has a proper name and we will learn how to recognize them.

At times, there will be many toolbars that come and go while you are using Microsoft PowerPoint. For this reason, we will refer to each toolbar by its name. To know the name of a toolbar, you can right-click any word on the menu bar or any button on the toolbar. If you have only one toolbar on your screen, its name will have a check box. The other name(s) on the context menu is (are) the one (those) you can add to the screen if you wish:


What you can do in Microsoft PowerPoint

Outline and Notes Panels

Outline Panel and Notes Panel

  • The outline panel contains a text outline of the content that appears in your slides.
  • Reviewing this panel can help ensure the content on the slides is logically sequenced, that slide titles are unique and meaningful,and that reading order is appropriate for any user.


  • The notes panel allows the speaker to add notes and information that will not appear on the slides.
  • Placing image or chart descriptions in this area should be avoided. This information may not be accessed by a screen reader, so use with caution.