Getting to Know PowerPoint

This PowerPoint 2013 lesson includes everything you need to know to create dynamic Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

Backstage view

Backstage view gives you various options for saving, opening, printing, and sharing your presentations.

To access Backstage view:

  1. Click the File tab on the Ribbon.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the File tab
  2. Backstage view will appear.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using Backstage view.

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Back to PowerPoint

You can use the arrow to close Backstage view and return to PowerPoint.


The Info pane will appear whenever you access Backstage view.

It contains information about the current presentation. You can also inspect the workbook and set protection controls.


From here, you can create a new presentation or choose from a large selection of templates.

Save and Save As

Use Save and Save As to save your presentation to your computer or to your OneDrive.


Here, you can change various PowerPoint options. For example, you can control the Proofing defaults, AutoRecover settings, or Language preferences.


From the Print pane, you can change the print settings and print your presentation. You can also see a preview of your presentation.


From the Account pane, you can access your Microsoft account information, modify your theme and background, and sign out of your account.


Click here to close to current presentation.


From here, you can invite people to view and collaborate on your presentation. You can also share your presentation by emailing it as an attachment.


From here, you can open recent presentations, as well as presentations saved to your OneDrive or on your computer.


You can choose to export your presentation in another format, such as PDF/XPS, video, or PowerPoint 97-2003 presentation.

You can review our lesson on Working with Your Microsoft Account and OneDrive to learn more about using OneDrive.