Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010: What’s New?

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010 like it’s counterparts has been improved and updated with some great new additions. We are reviewing the noteworthy additions to Microsoft Office 2010 and have written a summarized posts on both Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Excel 2010. Today we are going to give one comprehensive insight into Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Lets see what new features Microsoft has added to it.

Enhanced Ribbon Toolbar

The Ribbon feature which was first introduced in Office 2007 lets users use Microsoft Office with greater flexibility and ease. The PowerPoint 2010 Ribbon is now customizable. The Ribbon can be customized by right-clicking the Ribbon icon and choosing the Customize the Ribbon option.

Customize Ribbon

If you want to read more regarding the Ribbon, go here.

PowerPoint To Video Conversion

PowerPoint 2010 now lets you convert your Presentations in to Videos. In order to create a video, click the Office button and then go to the Share > Create a Video Option.

PowerPoint 2010 Video You can find the full detailed guide for this process here.

Compatibility Of .pptx

In PowerPoint 2007, Microsoft introduced a new XML format (.pptx) which was not compatible with the former .ppt presentation format. This problem is not there to bother you any more, meaning PowerPoint files created in PowerPoint 2010 may easily be opened in versions of PowerPoint prior to PowerPoint 2007.

PowerPoint Comparison

Sections – Provide An Easy Way To Manage Presentations

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 lets you organize your presentations into sections. You will be able to easily locate the Sections button on the Ribbon toolbar. This feature helps you organize your presentation by grouping all related slides under individual sections. In this way, you can easily find and edit the related slides.

Section

Built-in Screen Capture Tool

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 includes a feature called Screen Capturing(which can also be found in Word 2010). Now there is no need for a third party or additional tool to capture screenshots in order to use them in your presentations. It is a piece-of-cake to capture the screenshot of any area of the screen. Simply click the Insert > Screenshot option and there you go.

PowerPoint Screen Capture

Background Removal Tool

The Background Removal tool is an awesome addition to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010(which can also be found in Word 2010). It simply removes the background of any image. Just insert the image in your presentation and then locate the Background Removal tool under Insert > Picture to remove the background.


Background Removal

Enhanced Features For Embedded Videos

It is now very easy to embed videos into your PowerPoint presentations. This feature was also present in PowerPoint 2007, however PowerPoint 2010 has added some more magic to it. Now you can easily perform some common operations on the embedded videos with a simple right-click. If you are curious about how to embed a video into a PowerPoint presentation, you can find the full details here.

Improved Animations Menu

In PowerPoint 2010 you will feel that the  Animations menu has been improved to a great extent. It offers a very user friendly thumbnail type of style choices. Just by looking at each choice, you would know what the effect will do when you apply it.

Animation PowerPoint 2010

Enhanced Slides Transitions

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 includes many new slide transitions, thus it empowers you to create a more powerful and eye-candy presentations.

Slide Transitions

Enhanced Word Art

Word Art is an old feature of Microsoft Office which been enhanced in PowerPoint 2010(same enhancement can be found in Word 2010). WordArt has been updated with new colorful art effects. Select the text, then click Word Art and a list of all the available options will be displayed.

Word Art 2010

Equation Editor

Equation Editor comes in handy when you need to add some common mathematical equations to your documents/presentations. You can also use it to create your own custom equations by using a library of mathematical functions. This feature was already available in Microsoft office 2007 but was limited to Word 2007 and Excel 2007. In office 2010, this feature has been added to PowerPoint as well. You may locate the Equation Editor under the Insert menu.

Equation Editor

Video Editing

PowerPoint 2010 now includes a build-in video editing features. You can trim videos, add effects, and do much more. Read the full guide here.

We have covered the most important additions to PowerPoint 2010. If you think we have skipped any important feature, let us know in the comments. Enjoy!

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  • Mike Kelly

    I want to automatically start the tune of a song and display the verses of the song automatically – using rehearsed timings – so I can sing along without having to remember to move to the next slide manually.

    In PPT 2007 the music and slides drift apart (I am told due to PPT operating the slides and Windows playing the music) so that any automation of the slide transition is useless.

    I hope PPT 2010 solves this problem.

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  • Andrew Johnson

    Oh boy i wish Excel 2007 supported the new equation editor… but the 2007 equation editor is limited to just Word. Office 2010 will hopefully port this feature to all of office (equations in outlook emails would be helpful)

  • Jeff Jenness

    I used to be able to record a macro in PowerPoint 2003, but that was disabled at 2007. I hope it has returned! A macro can be very helpful if you want to paste an image, automatically resize and position it, and put it in the correct z-order. I was very disturbed when I found I could no longer record those steps and save them.

  • Jeff Jenness

    I used to be able to record a macro in PowerPoint 2003, but that was disabled at 2007. I hope it has returned! A macro can be very helpful if you want to paste an image, automatically resize and position it, and put it in the correct z-order. I was very disturbed when I found I could no longer record those steps and save them.

  • Jeff Jenness

    I used to be able to record a macro in PowerPoint 2003, but that was disabled at 2007. I hope it has returned! A macro can be very helpful if you want to paste an image, automatically resize and position it, and put it in the correct z-order. I was very disturbed when I found I could no longer record those steps and save them.

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  • pooh

    does anyone know where to get template for 2010 beta power point? I have looked all over for it and I have been having problems with it. over all I really like the new version of microsoftoffice. There is a lot more you can do.

  • http://www.quma.net Scott Sandberg

    Does anyone have experience with Articulate running on PowerPoint 2010?

  • judyhartmann

    This should be very simple – and nobody seems to know the answer. How do you should the formatting characters in Powerpoint 2010?
    I don’t see the option anywhere.

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  • loeurngsary@yahoo.co

    hello i want to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 so much but me can not l make it
    can u help me i really need it so mmuch

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  • Caroline

    On the Design Ribbon, what are the Effect options. Apothecary, Aspect, Angles, Apex … have clicked on them but do not see anything change on the presentation so would love to know the benefit!

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