For Seniors: How to Save and Open a PowerPoint Presentation

Microsoft PowerPoint is best known for creating business presentations — slide shows, if you will. When you start PowerPoint, it automatically starts a new blank presentation for you, with a single slide in it. You can work with this PowerPoint presentation and then save it in any of these ways (the same as in Word and Excel):

  • Choose File→Save.

  • Press Ctrl+S.

  • Click the Save icon on the Quick Access toolbar.

Or, if you prefer, you can open an existing presentation file, just like in other Office applications:

  • Choose File→Open.

  • Press Ctrl+O.

  • Choose File→Recent and then choose one of the recently opened files on the right side of the File menu.

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You can also start PowerPoint and open an existing file at the same time by double-clicking the filename from any file management window (such as Computer or Documents) in Windows.

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