Tabs, Groups, and Commands

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Tabs, Groups, and Commands

Tabs, Groups, and Commands


Microsoft PowerPoint is a robust program which is used to create many different types of presentations, including charts and diagrams, flyers, invoices, and much more. Microsoft PowerPoint has hundreds of commands for working with different presentations. To make it easier for users to find the specific commands they are looking for, commands are organized onto eight main tabs:

  1. HOME. The HOME tab includes commands for formatting presentations.
  2. INSERT. Use the INSERT tab to insert tables, clip art, pictures, links, headers and footers, and more.
  3. DESIGN. Use the DESIGN tab to change your page setup, slide orientation, fonts, background styles, and more.
  4. TRANSITIONS. Use the TRANSITIONS tab to add transitions to a slide and to customize transition effects.
  5. ANIMATIONS. Use the ANIMATIONS tab to add animation to text in a slide and to manage the animation order.
  6. SLIDE SHOW. Use the SLIDE SHOW tab to finalize the slide show details, timings, and more.
  7. REVIEW. Use the REVIEW tab to check spelling, to collaborate by adding comments, and to access editor tools.
  8. VIEW. Use the VIEW tab to access the various presentation views, to show and hide the ruler and grid lines, and more.

Note that the FILE tab is not a typical tab. The FILE tab takes you to the Backstage view where you manage, rather than make changes to, your document. The Backstage view is covered in the next lesson.


Functionally related commands in PowerPoint are organized in groups on each tab. The following table lists the groups found on each tab:

Tab Group
  1. Clipboard
  2. Slides
  3. Font
  4. Paragraph
  5. Drawing
  6. Editing
  1. Slides
  2. Tables
  3. Images
  4. Illustrations
  5. Apps
  6. Links
  8. Text
  9. Symbols
  10. Media
  1. Themes
  2. Variants
  3. Customize
  1. Preview
  2. Transition to This Slide
  3. Timing
  1. Preview
  2. Animation
  3. Advanced Animation
  4. Timing
  1. Start Slide Show
  2. Set Up
  3. Monitors
  1. Proofing
  2. Language
  4. Compare
  1. Presentation Views
  2. Master Views
  3. Show
  4. Zoom
  5. Color/Grayscale
  6. Window
  7. Macros


Commands are controls that enable you to accomplish specific tasks, such as bolding text, adding a list, inserting a picture, or adding slide numbers.