In this video, staff instructor Jess Stratton shows users how to create a brand-new blank presentation, save it, and then pin in to the recently accessed list.
- [Instructor] When you open PowerPoint with no file, it's going to bring you to this screen. It's also called backstage view. The home button will allow you to create new presentations. It can also show you any recent documents that you've accessed. You can click new to create a new presentation or open to open an existing one that you already have. You can also click account down at the bottom of the screen. From here you can make sure that you're signed in to Office.
You can also sign out or switch accounts if you're signed in to the wrong Office 365 account. You'll wanna make sure that you're connected to your One Drive or Share Point account. If there's an additional folder that you want to connect to, you can click add a service, hover your mouse over storage and then click to connect to a new One Drive or Share Point connection. You'll be prompted to log in when you do this. I'm already connected to my One Drive account because I'm signed in my Office 365 account so I don't need to do this again.
Let's make a brand new presentation from scratch. I'll be using our fictional technology company, Red 30. We'll be building a presentation that's going to pitch Red 30's upcoming sales strategy. To get started I'll click new on the left hand side. We could start with a theme or search for a template. But I'm going to double click on blank presentation which is the very first option. This is going to create a brand new presentation right from scratch. The first thing I like to do is immediately save it.
So I'll click file on the top left hand side of the screen. It's going to take me right into backstage view and I'll chose save as on the left hand side. The first thing I need to decide is where I want to save this. To save it right to your computer, you can click browse on the bottom of the screen. This is going to open up the standard browse dialog box and you can navigate through your PC, give it a file name and click save.
I'm going to click cancel because I wanna save it to my Office 365 connected One Drive account. If I do that, it can auto save every change I make. I'll click One Drive, and on the right hand side I'll give my file a name. I'll click the save button. And when it's done being saved to One Drive, it takes me right back to my presentation. I can see that it's saved to One Drive in the middle of the screen, and I can also see on the left that auto save is turned to on.
This means that every change I make will be saved to One Drive. And a key benefit to this is that I can change and look for future revisions of this file. If I wanna go back to something I've done in the past, I'll be showing you how to do that in a later video. If I don't wanna use auto save, I can toggle it off. But I'm going to keep it on. Whenever I wanna access this file now, there's a few ways I can get to this presentation. Let's click file on the top left hand side to get into backstage view again.
And now I can click open on the left and I can see any recently accessed files. This is one of them. I can double click on it right from here. However if it wasn't in this list, I can click browse to find it on my PC or One Drive to browse my One Drive folder and find it. If I know I'm going to be working on this a lot, I can pin it so it always shows up at the top of the list. To pin it, click the pushpin icon all the way to the right hand side.
Now whenever I wanna open it, I can find it in the pinned area, double click on it and it will open up. So we created a blank presentation, saved it to One Drive and opened it back up again. Now we're ready to start working on our presentation.
- Getting started quickly with PowerPoint
- Creating new presentations
- Adding, removing, and rearranging slides
- Changing slide layouts
- Inserting and formatting images and shapes
- Adding animation and transitions
- Sharing and collaborating on presentations
- Delivering the presentation
- Saving themes and templates
- Exporting presentations as video, PDF, or JPEG files