Create your first PowerPoint 2013 presentation

Save a PowerPoint presentation

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Save your presentation, so you don't lose all your hard work. Then, print it to share it with others.

Save your presentation

  • Click FILE > Save, pick or browse to a folder, type a name for your presentation in the File name box, and click Save.

  • Save your work as you go. Hit Ctrl+S often.

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Basic tasks for creating a PowerPoint 2013 presentation

What's new in PowerPoint 2013

Probably the most important part of creating a presentation, other than writing it is, of course, saving it.

For example, if the power were to go out right now, all of our hard work would be gone, unless we'd saved it to a file.

Here is an easy way to do that. Move up here to this set of commands called the Quick Access Toolbar, and click Save.

The first time you save a presentation, you come to this area, called the backstage.

You won’t find any formatting commands here.

The backstage is all about opening, saving, printing, sharing, exporting, and modifying PowerPoint options.

In other words, all that behind-the-scene stuff.

Save As is selected when you first save a presentation.

Here, you choose whether you want to save it to your Computer, or to the cloud using Microsoft 365 or OneDrive.

I have already signed in to my online account, so now I can click here, and browse for a location on my OneDrive.

Enter a filename and click Save.

It is just like saving to a computer, except that now I can access the file on any computer connected to the Internet.

Or, I can share it with others by sending an email message containing a link to the online file.

After you save your presentation, you can keep working on it, if you want.

But, remember to save it often, so you don’t lose any new work.

If you want to print your presentation, click the FILE tab to go to the backstage, and click Print.

You can see a preview of how it will look after it is printed. Select a printer here. Then, click Print.

However, before we do any printing, we need to finish the slides.

Up next, we’ll insert some things in the presentation.

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