Getting Started with PowerPoint

This PowerPoint 2010 lesson includes everything you need to know to create dynamic Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

Creating and opening presentations

Video: Creating Presentations in PowerPoint 2010

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PowerPoint files are called presentations. When you start a new project in PowerPoint, you'll need to create a new presentation. You'll also need to know how to open an existing presentation.

To create a new blank presentation:

  1. Click the File tab. This takes you to Backstage view.
  2. Select New.
  3. Select Blank presentation under Available Templates and Themes. It will be highlighted by default.
  4. Click Create. A new blank presentation appears in the PowerPoint window.
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To save time, you can create your presentation from an Office.com template, which you can also select under Available Templates and Themes.

To open an existing presentation:

  1. Click the File tab. This takes you to Backstage view.
  2. Select Open. The Open dialog box appears.
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  3. Select your desired presentation, then click Open.

If you have opened the existing presentation recently, it may be easier to choose Recent from the File tab instead of Open to search for your presentation.

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