What’s new in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010?

  1. The 2010 release introduced several innovations to the Office UI
  2. Parts of a PowerPoint 2010 screen
  3. The New File tab replaces the Office button in PowerPoint 2010
  4. Transitions tab on PowerPoint 2010 ribbon
  5. Animation Artist New to PowerPoint 2010
  6. Share your PowerPoint 2010 presentation and collaborate with colleagues
  7. Collapse the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon
  8. Add video to a PowerPoint 2010 presentation
  9. Link to video
  10. Make a video of your PowerPoint 2010 presentation
  11. Benefits of Converting a PowerPoint 2010 Presentation to Video

The 2010 release introduced several innovations to the Office UI

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, part of the Microsoft Office 2010 suite, was released in mid-2010. It has been replaced by Office 2013, Office 2016 and (in the second half of 2018) Office 2019.

Older versions of Microsoft Office are more vulnerable to security vulnerabilities and cannot support several advanced features on the Office 365 platform. Microsoft ended support for Office 2010 SP1 in October 2014, although SP2 enterprise users will enjoy extended support until October 2020.

Upgrade to a more modern version of Microsoft Office to get today’s advanced features and malware protection. We like this article primarily because of its historical value, and also because some people with very old machines (or people in companies or schools with slow update cycles) still use PowerPoint 2010 despite it being outdated.

Parts of a PowerPoint 2010 screen

For those of you unfamiliar with PowerPoint 2007, this screen will look familiar. However, there are some new additions to PowerPoint 2010 in terms of features and some subtle additions in terms of minor changes to existing features in PowerPoint 2007.

  • File tab † New bet File in the left corner of the ribbon replaces the Office button. Many of the same features are present and some new features have been added.
  • ribbon † The ribbon replaces the toolbar in older versions of PowerPoint before PowerPoint 2007.
  • Quick Access Toolbar † This toolbar appears in the upper-left corner of the PowerPoint 2010 screen. It is a customizable toolbar that allows you to add icons for frequently used functions.
  • Ribbon tabs. These ribbon tabs are the headings for task groups. These tabs are similar to menu headings in older versions of PowerPoint.
  • Help button † This little question mark icon is for accessing PowerPoint 2010 Help.
  • Slide/overview panel. Panel Slides/Overviews is located on the left side of the window. On panel slides Thumbnail versions of each of the slides in the presentation are displayed. Panel sketch shows a textual diagram of all the information on the slides.
  • Comments: † In chapter Comments: the presenter can indicate any hints or references for his presentation. Only the presenter will see these notes.
  • status bar status bar shows current aspects of the presentation, such as the current slide number and design theme. Small Toolbar common tools provides quick access to features that the presenter will often use.

The New File tab replaces the Office button in PowerPoint 2010

When you click tab . press File on the ribbon you get what Microsoft calls a view backstage † Here you will find all information about this file, such as the author, as well as options for saving, printing and viewing detailed settings for options.

This old saying “What’s old is new again” comes to mind. Microsoft Office users are used to the option File on the old menu and the new ribbon was very different. So tab return File on the ribbon will be a comfort to many users, especially those who have not used Office 2007.

The first time you click a tab File section opens Information with options for:

  • Protect a presentation by setting permissions

  • Checking for issues and preparing to publish a presentation

  • Version control, how many versions of this presentation you have made and the option to delete

Transitions tab on PowerPoint 2010 ribbon

Slide transitions have always been a part of PowerPoint. However, the tab transitions is new to the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon.

Animation Artist New to PowerPoint 2010

Animation artist – one of those “why didn’t we think of this before?” kind of tool. Microsoft has created a tool that works the same way Format Painter

Animation Master will copy all of them functions to animate an object to another object, another slide, multiple slides, or another presentation. This function saves time because you don’t have to add all these animation properties for each object individually. An added bonus is far fewer clicks.

Share your PowerPoint 2010 presentation and collaborate with colleagues

PowerPoint 2010 now helps you share your presentation online with anyone in the world. Submitting a link to your presentation’s URL allows your global audience to follow in their browser of choice. Viewers don’t even need to install PowerPoint on their computers.

Collapse the PowerPoint 2010 ribbon

It’s a small feature, but many PowerPoint users find themselves eager to see more of the presentation on screen and reclaim some of that valuable real estate.

In PowerPoint 2007, you can hide the ribbon so that the feature is always there. With this version, Microsoft just introduced a small button to do this with fewer mouse clicks.

Add video to a PowerPoint 2010 presentation

PowerPoint 2010 now offers the option to embed or link a video (currently on your computer) into your presentation, or link to a video on a website such as YouTube.

Embed video , which resides on your computer, saves you the hassle of moving or sending the presentation to a different location later. By embedding a video, it always stays in the presentation, so don’t forget to include the video. The video can be of the actual movie type, or you can embed an animated GIF clipart type as well.

Link to video

  • on your computer significantly reduces the file size of the entire presentation. However, you run the risk of forgetting to copy the video file when you move the presentation to another location.
  • on website , such as YouTube, allows you to embed the video code in your presentation. The video isn’t actually in your presentation, so you’ll always need an internet connection to watch the video.

Make a video of your PowerPoint 2010 presentation

Microsoft has recognized the value of turning a presentation into a video. PowerPoint users have been asking for this for years, and finally this feature is in PowerPoint 2010.

Benefits of Converting a PowerPoint 2010 Presentation to Video

  1. The WMV video file format can be read by most computers.

  2. You can still use other software to convert your presentation to other file formats (such as AVI or MOV) if you prefer.

  3. All transitions, animations, sounds, and narration are embedded in the video.

  4. The video can be posted on a website or via email. It’s not editable, so the entire presentation always remains as the author intended.

  5. You can determine the size of the video file by selecting the appropriate options.

  6. You do not need to have PowerPoint installed on your computer to view the video for your target audience.

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