Quick Access Toolbar Helps Boost Efficiently

Quick Access Toolbar for Microsoft PowerPoint.

The quick access toolbar (or QAT) is a group of commands you use often. In general, it is a feature of Microsoft Office. It is up to you to set up the QAT. When you first see the QAT, it may already have some commands on it. However, you have full control of what goes on the QAT.

Quick Access Toolbar for Microsoft PowerPoint.
Quick Access Toolbar for Microsoft PowerPoint.

A good QAT makes design and development much easier. With the right commands, it will also boost your efficiently. This tech note showcases the QATs we have set at Excel Effects.

Our Quick Access Toolbar

For the purpose of this tech note, we use PowerPoint as an example.

Microsoft PowerPoint

QAT for PowerPoint. To show actual size of QAT, view image in separate tab.
QAT for PowerPoint. To show actual size of QAT, view image in separate tab.

Explanation of QAT Commands in Our PowerPoint Setup

  1. Although you can press Ctrl-S to save, Ctrl-Z to undo, and Ctrl-Y to repeat, we included them in the QAT. We also include the paste and keep text only command. This is helpful when you want to paste text without any formatting.
  2. The font commands help when you are not on the home ribbon. Now, the omega icon contains special characters that you can use in your documents.
  3. Text alignment within text boxes and AutoShapes.
  4. Shape alignment and distribution commands.
  5. Rotation commands.
  6. Arrangement commands.
  7. Text box and text effects commands.
  8. Shape selection tool and shape formatting commands. Additionally, the merge shapes list allows you to do some great things with shapes.

When you create a QAT, it really helps you perform tasks quickly. You may even come across commands you did not think you could do in a particular program.

More Information

Now, it is your turn to update your quick access toolbar. To learn more about the QAT, visit customize the quick access toolbar.


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