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Managing your presentations with Backstage

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Video: Managing your presentations with Backstage

Whenever we want to manage our presentation, we head Backstage. This new feature of Microsoft Office 2010 replaces what you no doubt recall as the File menu, from Office 2003, or the Office menu from 2007. Going Backstage allows us to save and open presentations, start a new presentation, review information about our current presentation, share our presentation with others and much more. With PowerPoint open and no specific presentation loaded, let's head Backstage. You'll see that PowerPoint brings us straight to our recent presentations and folders.

Managing your presentations with Backstage

Whenever we want to manage our presentation, we head Backstage. This new feature of Microsoft Office 2010 replaces what you no doubt recall as the File menu, from Office 2003, or the Office menu from 2007. Going Backstage allows us to save and open presentations, start a new presentation, review information about our current presentation, share our presentation with others and much more. With PowerPoint open and no specific presentation loaded, let's head Backstage. You'll see that PowerPoint brings us straight to our recent presentations and folders.

From here, we have quick, easy access to our recent work. Notice we can even pin a file or a folder, so that it stays on the Recent list indefinitely. I can click the New tab on the left and either create a Blank presentation or choose from a variety of templates that Microsoft has created for us. We'll talk about these features in Chapter_02. For now, let's go ahead and open our Chapter_01 sample file. I'm going to click on Open, open up my Exercise Files and in Chapter_01, here is our New Employee Orientation.

By the way, we'll use the same sample file through all of Chapter_01. Now that we have a file open, let's head Backstage one more time. You'll see this time we're taken to the Info tab, rather than Recent. And we can see details about our current presentation such as the file size, who has worked on it and even review potential security issues, and accessibility issues. If I click on the Print tab, I get a large print preview on the right along with my basic Print Options. We'll talk more about printing in Chapter_11, but check out how interactive this print preview is.

As I make modifications to the settings, the print preview immediately adjusts. This is true. What you see is what you get. Because it's right here on the Print tab, It's very easy to use. Under Save & Send, we can save the file or share with others in a variety of ways. For example, I can send this file using e-mail. This will save the file and open up an e-mail using my default e-mail client, such as Outlook. The file will be attached automatically, and all I have to do is enter in a Subject, Body and Recipient's E-mail address.

I can save the file as HTML, save it to a SharePoint Server, broadcast it to others using the Internet or publish them. I can also change the File Type. I can save this as an earlier version of PowerPoint. I can save this as a PDF, create a video out of it, or package everything up ready for a CD. I can click on either of these options, and the right-hand side of the screen shows me more information about that particular option, a little bit of help and a button to make it happen. Under Help, you can access how-to articles, an online community of PowerPoint, users and more.

You'll also what version of PowerPoint you're running and information about your product activation. Finally, notice that you can personalize PowerPoint 2010 through the Options command found at the bottom of the Backstage menu. Here you can modify some general settings, such as Live Preview. You might turn this off if your graphics card can't handle Live Preview. You can tell PowerPoint your name and initials, which are automatically saved with each file you create. You can modify Proofing Settings, including the AutoCorrect options, Spellcheck and more.

You can change the default Save format and the location where files are saved. You can change your Language. Under Advanced, you'll find a variety of other settings. You can customize the Ribbon, which we'll talk about soon, and the Quick Access toolbar. If you have third-party programs added into PowerPoint, you'll see them listed here, and you can use the Trust Center to activate macros and change the security settings for PowerPoint 2010. While the Backstage View may take some getting used to, I think you will find it a pleasure to work with and a significant leap forward for the Microsoft Office system.

And remember that essentially this is just the next evolution of what the File menu used to be. One more thing. Nearly every feature that you would use from Backstage such as Print and Save can be added to your Quick Access toolbar. I'll talk about that shortly in a video called Customizing the Ribbon.

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PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. What is PowerPoint?
      1m 50s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 19m 17s
    1. Managing your presentations with Backstage
      4m 14s
    2. Using the Office Ribbon
      4m 57s
    3. Customizing the view
      3m 42s
    4. Customizing the Office Ribbon
      6m 24s
  3. 41m 41s
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 19s
    2. Adding slides and content
      3m 24s
    3. Deleting slides and changing layouts
      2m 24s
    4. Rearranging slides
      1m 46s
    5. Saving time with Outline mode
      3m 51s
    6. Separating your show into sections
      5m 15s
    7. Adding photos and clip art
      5m 24s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 6s
    9. Using the thesaurus
      1m 17s
    10. Saving a presentation
      4m 22s
    11. Applying a theme
      3m 59s
    12. Running the show
      3m 34s
  4. 42m 39s
    1. Using fonts and color
      7m 17s
    2. Adding bullets and list numbering
      2m 10s
    3. Changing text alignment
      2m 13s
    4. Using picture effects
      5m 54s
    5. Removing backgrounds from photos
      5m 52s
    6. Understanding slide masters
      3m 7s
    7. Changing slide backgrounds
      3m 17s
    8. Adding a logo to the background
      6m 18s
    9. Applying slide transitions
      4m 33s
    10. Saving the design template
      1m 58s
  5. 17m 10s
    1. Creating tables
      2m 2s
    2. Formatting tables
      3m 57s
    3. Pasting tables from Excel
      5m 1s
    4. Creating charts
      2m 16s
    5. Pasting charts from Excel
      3m 54s
  6. 24m 43s
    1. Adding shapes
      3m 0s
    2. Moving, resizing, formatting, and rotating shapes
      5m 14s
    3. Adding text to shapes
      2m 57s
    4. Adding text boxes
      3m 54s
    5. Working with layers (Send to Back and Send to Front)
      5m 17s
    6. Animating text, shapes, and other objects
      4m 21s
  7. 13m 10s
    1. Adding an audio clip
      3m 16s
    2. Adding video
      5m 7s
    3. Cropping video
      4m 47s
  8. 14m 27s
    1. Adding organizational charts
      4m 59s
    2. Adding cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, and other diagrams
      9m 28s
  9. 26m 40s
    1. Printing a presentation
      5m 22s
    2. Adding speaker notes
      3m 3s
    3. Saving your presentation as a PDF
      3m 12s
    4. Presenting on another laptop (packaging)
      4m 28s
    5. Broadcasting on the web
      3m 52s
    6. Saving as a video
      3m 24s
    7. Using web apps through SharePoint
      3m 19s
  10. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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