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PowerPoint - Presentations From Scratch

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.

    For more information, see Save and share your presentation.

  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

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Keywords:powerpoint power point presentation scratch blank new office 365   Doc ID:79375
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-01-17 12:47 MDTUpdated:2018-05-24 11:36 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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