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Normal view

The PowerPoint view in which the window is divided into three panes--the Slide pane, the Slides/Outline pane, and the Notes pane.


A presentation page that can contain text, pictures, tables, charts, and other multimedia or graphic objects.

Title slide

The first slide in a presentation, the purpose of which is to provide an introduction to the presentation topic.


A box on a slide with dotted or dashed borders that holds title and body text or other content such as charts, tables, and pictures.


A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your presentation by applying colors, fonts, and effects.

List level

An outline level in a presentation represented by a bullet symbol and identified in a slide by the indentation and the size of the text.

Sizing handles

Small circles and squares that indicate that a picture is selected.

Rotation handle

A green circle located above a selected picture with which you can rotate the selected image.


A collection of formatting options that can be applied to a picture, text, or object.

Black slide

A slide that displays at the end of every slide show to indicate that the presentation is over.

Slide handouts

Printed images of slides on a sheet of paper.

Notes page

A printout that contains the slide image on the top half of the page and notes that you have created in the Notes pane on the lower half of the page.


The process of changing the appearance of the text, layout, and design of a slide.

Text alignment

The term that refers to the horizontal placement of text within a placeholder.

Slide transitions

Motion effects that occur in Slide Show view when you move from one slide to the next during a presentation.


The line style in which a placeholder border displays, indicating that all of the text in the placeholder is selected.


A common format for a slide that contains a single point without a bullet symbol.


A single media file, for example art, sound, animation, or a movie.

Move pointer

A four-headed arrow-shaped pointer that indicates that you can reposition an object or image.

Text box

An object within which you can position text anywhere on the slide.

Ruler guides

Vertical and horizontal lines that display in the rulers to provide a visual indication of the pointer position so that you can draw a shape.


Lines, arrows, stars, banners, ovals, or rectangles used to illustrate an idea, a process, or a workflow.

Crosshair pointer

The pointer that indicates that you can draw a shape.

Fill color

The inside color of text or an object.

Shape Styles

A style gallery displaying predefined combinations of shape fill and line colors.

Align to Slide

A setting used to align selected objects.


The command that reduces the size of a picture by removing vertical or horizontal edges.


A gallery of text styles from which you can create shadowed or mirrored text.

SmartArt graphic

A visual representation of information that you create by choosing from among layouts to communicate your message or ideas.

SmartArt Styles

Combinations of formatting effects that are applied to SmartArt Graphics.

Background style

A slide background fill variation that combines theme colors in different intensities.

Theme font

A theme that determines the font applied to two types of slide text--headings and body.

Headings font

Of the two types of fonts in the theme font, the type that is applied to slide titles.

Body font

Of the two types of fonts in the theme font, the type that is applied to all slide text except titles.


A visual or sound effect added to an object or text on a slide.

Entrance effect

Animations that bring a slide element onto the screen.

Emphasis effect

Animation that emphasizes an object or text that is already displayed.

Exit effect

Animation that moves an object or text off the screen.


A format for information that organizes and presents text and data in columns and rows.


The intersection of a column and row.

Table style

Formatting applied to an entire table so that it is consistent with the presentation theme.


A graphic representation of numeric data.

Column chart

A type of chart used to compare data.

Cell reference

A combination of the column letter and row number identifying a cell.


A chart element that identifies the patterns or colors that are assigned to each data series in the chart.

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