PowerPoint Terms

Hugh Fox and PowerPoint

1) action button – A special type of AutoShape that places a button on the slide.

2) add-in – Sometimes called a plug-in an auxiliary program that runs piggyback on another program. The add-in gives the program more functionality.

3) advance slide timing* – A setting that controls the amount of time a slide displays on the screen.

4) animate* – To apply movement to text or an object to control its display during the presentation.

5) Aspect ratio – The ratio of the screen’s width to its height. Although 4-3 is a common aspect ratio, many newer computers use wide-screen displays.

6) attribute – Properties or characteristics of an object. Text attribute would be font type, font size, font style, or text color.

7) background style – A combination of a background color chosen from a theme color scheme and a background fill effect.

8) bitmap picture* – A collection of small dots that compose an image.

9) Black Slide – Ends all slide shows unless the option setting is deselected in the PowerPoint Options.

10) bullet – A symbol such as a heavy dot or other character that precedes text in a presentation.

11) bulleted list* – A series of paragraphs accented by special characters known as bullets.

12) chart* – A series of numbers rendered as a graph.

13) chart layout – A predefined combination of chart elements such as legends, titles, and so on.

14) clip art* – Pictures, sound, and motion clips available for using in your PowerPoint slides.

15) Clipboard* – An invisible holding place. The Cut and Copy commands add stuff to the Clipboard, and the Paste command copies stuff from the Clipboard to your presentation.

16) color scheme* – A set of complementary colors chosen by designers that you can use in your presentations.

17) color theme – A set of design elements you can apply to slides in your presentation.

18) Contextual Tabs – When you perform certain tasks or work with objects such as pictures or tables, contextual tabs appear above the top-level tabs.

19) crop* – To cut off part of a graphic to include only the section you want on your PowerPoint slide.

20) default* – In computer science, refers to a setting or a value automatically assigned to a software application, computer program or device, outside of user intervention. Such settings are also called presets, especially for electronic devices.

21) Dialog Box Launcher – The lower-right corner of some groups on the Ribbon has a small arrow which when clicked will display a dialog box or task pane with additional options for the group

22) direct formatting – Formatting that temporarily overrides the font setting specified by the theme.

23) Equation Editor – A program that lets you create mathematical equations.

24) flip* To rotate an object to create a mirror image of it.

25) font* – A set of characters with a specific size and style.

26) gallery – PowerPoint offers various galleries that present you with visual options for changing an item on a slide. Rather than visit numerous dialog boxes and task panes, you can select a gallery choice and give many commands at one time.

27) grid* – Evenly spaced lines placed over your PowerPoint slide that help you layout objects on your slides.

28) group – A collection of objects that PowerPoint treats as though it were one object.

29) guides – Lines that appear on-screen to help you layout objects on your PowerPoint slides.

30) Handout Masters – The settings that determine and control the look of printed handouts in PowerPoint.

31) Hard Copy or Printout* – Printed version of the presentation.

32) Help Menu – The question mark in the top right-hand corner of the Ribbon or press F1.

33) Hyperlink – A connection from a slide to: another slide, a custom show, a web page, or a file.

34) Landscape orientation* – A slide or printout that is wider than it is tall.

35) layouts – Element of Masters that provide different arrangements of text and other elements on the slide.

36) level – A position within a structure, such as a bulleted list, that indicates the magnitude of importance.

37) Live Preview – A feature that allows you to point to a gallery choice and see its effect in the document—without actually selecting the choice.

38) macros – Programs written in a powerful programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.

39) Master slide – A template that governs all aspects of a slide’s appearance- background color, objects that appear on every slide, text that appears on all slides, and more.

40) merge – The process of breaking down the barriers between cells and joining them into one cell.

41) Mini Toolbar – Appears automatically based on tasks you perform and contains commands related to changing the appearance of text in a slide.

42) More Button – Will show more than one line in a gallery.

43) motion path – A route that an element follows around a slide when you animate it.

44) nested list – A list that is found inside another list.

45) Normal View – Normal view is the main editing view, where you write and design your presentation.

46) Notes Master – The settings that determine the characteristics of printer speaker notes.

47) Notes pane – Located, beneath your selected slide, this pane is for adding notes to your slides.

48) Objects – Items, such as text, pictures, and charts that give meaning and content to otherwise formless and empty slides.

49) Office button – The logo in the top-left corner of the PowerPoint window the Office button. Click this button to reveal traditional menus.

50) picture shape – A shape that is used to crop a picture.

51) placeholder* – An area on a slide that is reserved for text, clip art, a graph, or some other type of object.

52) playlist – A file with information about where different media files are located on a computer.

53) point – The measurement of a font — 1/72 of an inch.

54) Popup Menu – Shortcut menu in the Slide Show view that displays when you right-click a slide.

55) Portrait orientation*A slide or printout that is taller than it is wide.

56) PowerPoint Viewer* – A program that can display the presentation on a computer that doesn’t have PowerPoint installed.

57) Presentation File – The file you save contains all the slides, note pages, handouts, etc., that make up a presentation.

58) promote – To move a paragraph up one level in the outline.

59) Quick Access toolbar – A bar, located to the right of the Office button, that contains buttons to perform common tasks like saving, undoing, redoing, and printing with just one click each.

60) Quick Style – A collection of formatting elements, such as colors and shape effects, that are assigned to the various elements of a SmartArt diagram.

61) Ribbon – Icons and buttons across the top of the PowerPoint screen that meet all your navigational needs and provide access to the tools you need to create slides and presentations.

62) Rotate – To turn an object on a slide so it faces another direction.

63) Scaling* – Specifying a percentage of the original size to enlarge or reduce an object.

64) ScreenTip – An explanatory word or two that appears when you move the pointer over a link.

65) shape fill – The color that fills in an object.

66) slide*Each page of a PowerPoint presentation is called a slide.

67) slide animations – The commands that add movement to individual objects on a slide.

68) slide layout – A sample slide with one or more placeholders. For example, a slide that uses the Title layout has two placeholders for text objects- one for the title and the other for the subtitle. You use this as the starting place for creating your own slide.

69) Slide Pane – Shows a large view of the current slide on the right side of the window. Enter text, graphics, animations and hyperlinks directly in the Slide Pane.

70) slide library – A special type of document library on a SharePoint server that’s designed not to store whole documents, but individual slides.

71) Slide Show View – Displays the slides as an electronic presentation on the full screen of your computer’s monitor. Looking much like a slide projector display, you can see the effect of transitions, build effects, slide timings, and animations.

72) Slide Show – A series of slides displayed in sequence. A slide show can be controlled manually or automatically.

73) Slide Views* – Normal View, outline view, slide sorter view, notes view

74) Slide Sorter View – A PowerPoint view that enables you to see an overall view of your presentation.

75) slide transitions – The on-screen effects as one slide changes to the next one during a PowerPoint presentation. Slide transitions can make your slides fade in and out, push each other off-screen, or open and close like blinds.

76) smart tag – Labels that appear on your slides. You can click a smart tag to reveal a menu.

77) SmartArt* – PowerPoint feature that enables you to create diagrams, organizational charts, and other graphical objects for your presentations.

78) split – To divide a single cell into several cells (or several cells into several more cells).

79) status bar – The bar at the bottom of the screen which tells you which slide is currently displayed.

80) tab – Each tab on the Ribbon surrounds a collection of groups, and each group contains related commands.

81) Task pane* – Located to the right of your selected slide, this pane helps you to complete common tasks.

82) Template – A starter file, created by artists, that sets things like font and point size for your slides.

83) Theme* – A set of design elements you can apply to slides in your presentation.

84) Theme fonts – A collection of complementary fonts that you can use in your PowerPoint presentations.

85) Title Slide – First slide in a new presentation.

86) top-heavy title – A title in which the first line is longer than the second.

87) Trigger – Also called an event trigger, this is a means of playing an animation without regard to the order of animations on the Custom Animation list.

88) transition* – Slide transitions are the visual movements as one slide changes to another.

89) vector drawing – A picture file that contains a detailed definition of each shape that makes up the image.

90) X-axis – The line along the bottom of the chart.

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