Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Step by Step

Work in the PowerPoint user interface

The width of the ribbon depends on these three factors:


■ ■ Window width  Maximizing the app window provides the most space for the ribbon. ■ ■ Screen resolution  creen resolution is the size of your screen display expressed as pixels wide × pixels high. The greater the screen resolution, the greater the amount of information that will fit on one screen. Your screen resolution options are dependent on the display adapter installed in your computer, and on your monitor. Common screen resolutions range from 800 × 600 to 2560 × 1440 (and some are larger). The greater the number of pixels wide (the first number), the greater the number of buttons that can be shown on the ribbon. ■ ■ The magnification of your screen display  If you change the screen magni- fication setting in Windows, text and user interface elements are larger and therefore more legible, but fewer elements fit on the screen. You can hide the ribbon completely if you don’t need access to any of its buttons, or hide it so that only its tabs are visible. (This is a good way to gain vertical space when working on a smaller screen.) Then you can temporarily redisplay the ribbon to click a button, or permanently redisplay it if you need to click several buttons. If you’re working on a touchscreen device, you can turn on Touch mode, which pro- vides more space between buttons on the ribbon and status bar. (It doesn’t affect the layout of dialog boxes or panes.) The extra space is intended to lessen the possibility of accidentally tapping the wrong button with your finger.

Touch mode has a greater amount of space on the ribbon and status bar

The same commands are available in Touch mode, but they’re often hidden under group buttons.

SEE ALSO  For information about working with a modified ribbon, see the sidebar “Adapt procedure steps” later in this topic.


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