Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is powerful presentation software developed by Microsoft for communicating the ideas effectively by using visual aids that allows users to combine text and graphics to create the onscreen presentations. It is a collection of slides containing information related to a specific topic. This Full-featured Desktop presentation software is also a part of the Microsoft office suite, which is available for both Windows and Mac OS.

Microsoft PowerPoint files in short are also referred as PPT file are saved with .ppt or .pptx extensions. PowerPoint files are made up of slides having text, graphs, excel spreadsheets, animations and photos. This application comes with in-built templates for different types of presentations and can be easily altered. You are able to create, save and reuse your own template, if the templates required or needed are not found. Also, you can easily set different transition sequences between slides to make presentations more entertaining. These slides can be configured to move with a single click of a mouse or can be set to change automatically.

Uses of Microsoft PowerPoint:

Microsoft Office PowerPoint is effectively used by teachers, corporate officials, students, trainers to create presentations and communicate their knowledge. PowerPoint is amazing tool that can be used for creating professional slide show presentations, newsletters, posters, leaflets, learning materials, filers and many more. Additionally, you can also

Microsoft Power Point uses .ppt as the file extensions to save these files. However, PowerPoint 2007 and later versions saves these presentations in OpenXML format and hence uses PPTX file extension.

Supported File Extensions: .ppt, .pptx, .pps, or .ppsx

Note: When you save the PowerPoint file with .ppt extention, the file will always open in edit-mode. But, if it is saved in .pps extention, then the file will open automatically in slide show / presentation mode.

Components of Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Title Bar: It displays the name of the application, file name, and other keys like minimize button, maximize button and close button.
  • Menu Bar: Has different options for selection.
  • Standard Tool Bar: Allows to give common commands like save file, open file, print etc.
  • View Bar: This is used to change the view of the screen.
  • The Drawing Palette: This is used to draw different shapes.
  • Formatting Tool Bar:  Allows the user to give commands related to formatting cells and cell contents like Bold, Font Size, Color, Style etc.

Microsoft PowerPoint versions:

PowerPoint tool is available for both Windows and Mac OS. The detailed information of these products along with their different versions is listed below:

Mac OS X versions:

  • PowerPoint 2011 (Version 14.0) for Office 2011
  • PowerPoint 2008 (Version 12.0) in Office 2008
  • PowerPoint 2004 (Version 11.0) in Office 2004
  • PowerPoint v.X (Version 10.0) in Office v.X
  • PowerPoint 2001 (Version 9.0) in Office 2001
  • PowerPoint 98 (Version 8.0) in Office 98 for Mac OS Classic
  • PowerPoint 4.0 for Mac OS Classic

For Windows OS:

  • PowerPoint 2013 (Version 15) included in Office 2013
  • PowerPoint 2010 (Version 14.0 in Office 2010)
  • PowerPoint 2007 (Version 12.0) in Office 2007
  • PowerPoint 2003 (Version 11.0) in Office 2003
  • PowerPoint 2002 (Version 10.0) in Office XP
  • PowerPoint 2000 (Version 9.0) in office 2000 etc.

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