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You can always do it your way when it comes to creating a presentation.

Create a blank presentation

  1. Open PowerPoint.

    Or, if PowerPoint is already open, select File > New.

  2. Select Blank Presentation.

    PowerPoint opens the default slide layout with placeholders.

  3. Click inside the placeholder to start typing content.

    For example, to add a title, select Click to add a title.

    As you type, PowerPoint automatically wraps the text inside the placeholder.

  4. Press Enter to add a new line.

    If you add a new line and decide you don't want it, press Delete.

  5. Click outside the placeholder to see the content without the placeholder borders.

  6. To save your changes:

    • Select File > Save as.

    • Select a location.

    • Type a name for your presentation.

    • Select Save.

  7. To close your presentation, click the X in the top right corner.

  8. When you reopen PowerPoint, your new file is listed in the Recent list.

    You can click the file to open, or select Open Other Presentations and open it from there, or Browse.

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Basic tasks for creating a PowerPoint presentation

To work with a presentation, I want to make sure you know how to start right from the beginning.

That is, creating a blank presentation, adding something to it, and saving it so that you can work on it later.

To start, I'm going to double-click PowerPoint 2016 on the desktop, and I'm brought to the main screen when you don't have an actual file open.

From here, we're brought to a screen where we can choose various templates and themes.

I want to create a Blank Presentation, so I'll double-click Blank Presentation which is the first option, and I'm very quickly brought right to my slide so that I can dive in.

The first thing that you'll see is that we currently have one slide, and some placeholder text.

These gray squares around the text is a placeholder.

This is PowerPoint's way of letting you quickly and easily add content to slides.

To start editing text directly, I'm going to click my mouse where it says Click to add title.

That text goes away and it's replaced by a blinking cursor.

Now I can simply start typing.

Since this is the title slide for my presentation, I'm going to start typing the title of my presentation.

If I hit the Return or Enter key on my keyboard, I'm brought to a new line.

That's not what I want, so I'm going to hit the Delete key.

To enter another placeholder, simply click your mouse in that one instead.

Now I can add a subheading if I want.

When I'm all done typing, I can click my mouse in any of the remaining whitespace in the slide.

This is going to show me what the slide looks like.

You'll notice that the borders around the placeholder text goes away, and I'm left with my nice looking slide.

To save your presentation, click File on the ribbon toolbar, and then choose Save As on the left.

You can save it in your OneDrive account if you've linked to it, any additional sites.

You can also save it on This PC which is what I'm going to do.

You're given two choices.

You can save it to your Desktop, or your Documents, or any other location that you've saved it to recently.

In this case, I'm going to click Browse, and I'm brought to the Save As dialog box that you might be used to.

From here, you can browse any file or location on your PC.

In this case, I will choose the Desktop because it's convenient.

I can give it a file name.

Click the Save button on the bottom right-hand side, and my presentation's been saved.

To close out of it, click the X in the top right-hand side.

Because I saved this to the desktop, if I want to get back and work on it some more, I can double-click on the file directly from here.

However, I can also access the PowerPoint app itself, and I can see that it's now listed in the Recent list.

I can click on it right from here, or I can also click Open Other Presentations, and I'm brought to the same screen that I was brought when I wanted to save it.

Here it is again in the Recent list, however I can also click Browse and open it right from my file system.

I'll click Desktop, click on the file, click Open, and here it is.

Now I can continue working on my presentation.

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