Enable the Developer tab in the Ribbon

Created: Tuesday, August 14, 2007, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:04 am

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The options that allow you to insert Flash movies in PowerPoint 2007 (and maybe later versions) are found in the Developer tab of the Ribbon.

By default, this tab is not visible (as shown in Figure 1) — and has to be turned on. If the Developer tab is indeed visible in your Ribbon (see Figure 2), you need not enable it.


Figure 1: There’s no Developer tab in the Ribbon by default.


Figure 2: Now there’s the Developer tab!

Otherwise, this is how you can enable the Developer tab in the Ribbon:

  1. Choose Office Button | PowerPoint Options, to bring up a dialog box of the same name.
  2. In the Popular tab (on the left pane), check the option that says Show Developer tab in the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 3.


    Figure 3: Check the option to show the Developer tab

  3. Click OK to get back to the PowerPoint interface — you should now see the Developer tab in the Ribbon (refer to Figure 2).

Once the Developer tab shows in the Ribbon, make sure that you have everything else you need to insert Flash movies in PowerPoint 2007…


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