How to Add the Developer Tab in Powerpoint 2013

When you want to make changes to a program like Powerpoint 2013, then it is common to seek out tutorials like this article to help you find the setting for which you are looking. But occasionally you will encounter a guide that is telling you to navigate to a menu or screen that you are unable to find. One such menu that you may not be able to find in Powerpoint 2013 is the Developer tab. While that tab is included in the Powerpoint 2013 program, it is not enabled by default.

So if you need to make a change to a presentation that requires you to use a feature on the Developer tab, then our tutorial below will show you where to go so that you can activate that menu for your Powerpoint 2013 installation.


Show the Developer Tab in Powerpoint 2013

The steps in this article will add a Developer tab to the ribbon at the top of Powerpoint 2013. There are a number of additional tools and options that are available when you add the Developer tab, including macros, add-ins, and some additional controls. This is also a setting that is adjusted for the Powerpoint 2013 program itself, and not just on an individual presentation basis. Therefore you will not have to add the Developer tab every time you open the program. It will remain there until you go back in and turn off the option that we will be turning on in the steps below.


  1. Open Powerpoint 2013.

  3. Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
  4. click the file tab



  5. Click the Options button in the column at the left side of the window.
  6. open the powerpoint options window



  7. Click the Customize Ribbon button at the left side of the Powerpoint Options window.
  8. click the customize ribbon tab



  9. Check the box to the left of Developer in the column at the right side of this window. Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes.

enable the developer tab



Do you also work with Microsoft Excel 2013? If so, then you may have found that spreadsheets you print from Excel are often difficult to read when only the default settings have been applied. One thing you can do to improve them is to include the gridlines when you print a worksheet. This will make it much easier to distinguish the data in individual cells from the data in surrounding cells.