Understand how to save PowerPoint presentations, as well as how to print PowerPoint presentations, in this free lesson.
When you create a new presentation in PowerPoint, you'll need to know how to save it in order to access and edit it later. PowerPoint allows you to save your presentations in several ways.
Once you've created your document, you may want to print it to view and share your work offline. It's easy to preview and print a document in Word using the Print pane.
Optional: You can download this example for extra practice.
Save As allows you to choose a name and location for your presentation. It's useful if you've first created a presentation or if you want to save a different version of a presentation while keeping the original.
If you're using Windows 7, you'll usually want to save things to your Documents library, and in other versions of Windows you'll save them to the My Documents folder. For more information, check out our lessons on Windows 7 and Windows XP.
If you are saving for the first time and select Save, the Save As dialog box will appear.
PowerPoint automatically saves your presentation to a temporary folder while you're working on it. If you forget to save your changes or if PowerPoint crashes, you can recover the autosaved file.
By default, PowerPoint autosaves every 10 minutes. If you are editing a presentation for less than 10 minutes, PowerPoint may not create an autosaved version.