The user interface for PowerPoint has several panes in the Normal view, which makes it a bit more complex that other programs.
PowerPoint's workspace has three PowerPoint panes in the Normal view, which is where you do most of your work:
There are also a few panes that appear only when needed, like the Clipboard pane and the Clip Art search pane.
All of these parts makes for a crowded window. You will really appreciate a big monitor with a high resolution. If there is not enough room for you to work, you can hide the panes that you do not need at the moment. If you drag the right edge of the Navigation pane to the left, the slide thumbnails will get smaller.
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