Saving Your New PowerPoint Presentation
When you create a PowerPoint presentation you will have to save it at some point – and it’s better if you do
this sooner rather than later. It’s also a good idea to keep saving your work periodically as you never know when
you will lose power or when your computer is likely to crash. Keep saving! If you don’t, sooner or later you will
lose some of your hard work. It’s happened to us all, and saving your changes takes so little time that there is
If you are working on a new presentation, the first time you save, PowerPoint will prompt you to give it
a name and locate a place on your computer to save it. There are two ways to save: using the ribbon and using
the keyboard shortcut. Let’s look at using the ribbon first: click the File tab > Save.
The usual save as dialogue box will appear, prompting you to supply a name and location for the presentation.
Here is that dialogue box, for those who haven’t seen it before:
Think of a meaningful name for your presentation and type it into the File name input box. Try to avoid names like Presentation2
as you will soon forget what the purpose of the presentation is. It’s better to use names like “Introducing Science” etc.
Once you have named your presentation, navigate to a location on your computer’s hard drive and save it there.
There is a quicker way of saving presentations using keyboard shortcuts. You can also perform a file save
by pressing ctrl-s. If this is the first time you have saved your presentation, you will again be prompted to name it
and find a place for it to be stored. Thereafter, you can periodically press ctrl-s and your changes will be saved
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