Introduction

Video: Creating and Opening Presentations

Creating and Opening PresentationsWatch the video (3:41).

PowerPoint files are called presentations. Whenever you start a new project in powerpoint, you’ll need to create a new presentation, which can either be blank or from a template. You’ll also need to know how to open an existing presentation.

To create a new presentation:

  1. Select the File tab to go to Backstage view.
    Creating and Opening PresentationsClicking the File tab
  2. Select New on the left side of the window, then click Blank Presentation or choose a theme.
    Creating and Opening PresentationsCreating a new presentation
  3. A new presentation will appear.

To open an existing presentation:

  1. Select the File tab to go to Backstage view.
  2. Select Open.
    Creating and Opening PresentationsClicking Open
  3. Select Computer, then click Browse. Alternatively, you can choose OneDrive (previously known as SkyDrive) to open files stored on your OneDrive.
    Creating and Opening PresentationsClicking Browse
  4. The Open dialog box will appear. Locate and select your presentation, then click Open.
    Creating and Opening PresentationsOpening a presentation

If you’ve opened the desired presentation recently, you can browse your Recent Presentations instead of searching for the file.

Creating and Opening PresentationsRecently Presentations

To pin a presentation:

If you frequently work with the same presentation, you can pin it to Backstage view for easy access.

  1. Select the File tab to go to Backstage view. Click Open. Your Recent Presentations will appear.
  2. Hover the mouse over the presentation you want to pin. A pushpin icon Creating and Opening Presentations will appear next to the presentation. Click the pushpin icon.
    Creating and Opening PresentationsPinning a presentation
  3. The presentation will stay in Recent Presentations. To unpin a presentation, simply click the pushpin icon again.
    Creating and Opening PresentationsThe pinned presentation

You can also pin folders to Backstage view for easy access. From Backstage view, click Open, locate the folder you want to pin, then click the pushpin icon.

Creating and Opening PresentationsPinning a folder

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