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.

Watch the video below to learn more about creating and opening presentations in powerpoint.

To create a new presentation:

When beginning a new project in powerpoint, you’ll often want to start with a new blank presentation.

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

To create a new presentation from a template:

A template is a predesigned presentation you can use to create a new slide show quickly. TEMPLATES often include custom formatting and designs, so they can save you a lot of time and effort when starting a new project.

  1. Click the File tab to access Backstage view, then select New.
  2. You can click a suggested search to find TEMPLATES or use the search bar to find something more specific. In our example, we’ll search for the keyword chalkboard.
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  3. Select a template to review it.
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  4. A preview of the template will appear, along with additional information on how the template can be used.
  5. Click Create to use the selected template.
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  6. A new presentation will appear with the selected template.

It’s important to note that not all templates are created by Microsoft. Many are created by third-party providers and even individual users, so some templates may work better than others.

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