Microsoft PowerPoint Hidden Options

Nov 28, 2019 | PowerPoint Hints and Tips

There are plenty of options available directly on the ribbons in Microsoft PowerPoint but some sections have plenty more options that you might need at some point.  These options are the ones that Microsoft thinks most users are less likely to need but might require at some point so tucks them away so they are not visible on a regular basis.  This article specifically covers Microsoft PowerPoint hidden options.

How to Access Hidden Options

Each ribbon tab is divided into sections or groups by a vertical line and a name is given to each section at the bottom to describe the type of icons that have been grouped together.  At the bottom right corner of some of these sections there is a symbol that looks like to sides of a square with a diagonal arrow.  It almost looks like it is part of the design but actually provides access to extra features.  All of the options already available on the ribbon are also available here.

Home Tab

Clipboard Section

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Brings up the clipboard pane on the left of the screen which is helpful if you are copying and pasting several chunks of data.  The information can be pasted in a different order to the order it is copied.

Font Section

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The extra options in here include different underline styles and underline colours, double strikethrough and small caps and all caps that force the text into uppercase even if they are typed in lower case.  There is also the option to create superscripts and subscripts.

Paragraph Section

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There are special indents of first-line and hanging along with more flexible paragraph spacing options.

Animations Tab

Animations Section

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Provides more options for the animation that has been applied.  In addition, a sound can be applied, the placeholder can be dimmed or hidden after the animation is complete and whether the animation applies to the text as a whole or word by word or letter by letter.

View Tab

Show Section

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Allows flexibility on how grids and guides are displayed, and these can be set as a default if required.

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