Saving Presentations

Understand how to save PowerPoint presentations, including using the PowerPoint save as PDF function, in this free lesson.

Exporting presentations

By default, PowerPoint presentations are saved in the .pptx file type. However, there may be times when you need to use another file type, such as a PDF or PowerPoint 97-2003 presentation. It's easy to export your presentation from PowerPoint in a variety of file types.

To export a presentation:

In our example, we'll save the presentation as a PowerPoint 97-2003 file.

  1. Click the File tab to access Backstage view.
  2. Click Export, then choose the desired option. In our example, we'll select Change File Type.
    Clicking Change File Type
  3. Select a file type, then click Save As.
    Choosing a file type and clicking Save As
  4. The Save As dialog box will appear. Select the location where you want to export the presentation, type a file name, then click Save.
    Saving as an PowerPoint 97-2003 presentation

You can also use the Save as type drop-down menu in the Save As dialog box to save presentations in a variety of file types. Be careful to choose a file type others will be able to open.

Choosing a file type from the Save As dialog box