Getting Started With PowerPoint

This PowerPoint 2016 lesson includes everything you need to know to create dynamic Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

Zoom and other view options

PowerPoint has a variety of viewing options that change how your presentation is displayed. You can choose to view your presentation in Normal view, Slide Sorter view, Reading view, or Slide Show view. You can also zoom in and out to make your presentation easier to read.

Switching slide views

Switching between different slide views is easy. Just locate and select the desired slide view command in the bottom-right corner of the PowerPoint window.

Slide View commands

To learn more about slide views, see our Managing Slides lesson.

Zooming in and out

To zoom in or out, click and drag the zoom control slider in the bottom-right corner of the PowerPoint window. You can also select the + or - commands to zoom in or out by smaller increments. The number next to the slider displays the current zoom percentage, also called the zoom level.

The Zoom control slider

Backstage view

Backstage view gives you various options for saving, opening, printing, and sharing your presentations. To access Backstage view, click the File tab on the Ribbon.

Clicking the File tab

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

edit hotspots


Here, you can change various PowerPoint options, settings, and language preferences.

You can review our lesson on Understanding OneDrive to learn more about using OneDrive.