How to Create a New PowerPoint Presentation - dummies

How to Create a New PowerPoint Presentation

By Faithe Wempen

You can create a new presentation in PowerPoint 2013 in several ways. You can create a blank one, or you can base a presentation on a template that contains formatting specs, sample content, or both.

Creating a blank presentation

When you start PowerPoint and then press Esc or click the Blank Presentation template, a new blank presentation appears, containing a single slide. The fastest and simplest way to create a new presentation is to start with a blank one. You can then add text to the presentation, including additional slides.

  1. Choose File→New.

    Backstage view opens, displaying tiles for various types of presentations you can create.


  2. Click the Blank Presentation tile.

    A new blank presentation opens.

  3. Choose File→Close to close the new presentation.

    Don’t save changes if prompted.

  4. Press Ctrl+N.

    A new blank presentation opens.

    This is an alternative method of doing the same thing as in Steps 1–2.

  5. Choose File→Close to close the new presentation.

Understanding PowerPoint views

PowerPoint provides several views for you to work with. Each view is useful for a different set of activities. Normal view (refer to this figure), the default, is the most commonly used view. You can switch to one of the other views in either of these ways:

  • Click one of the View buttons in the bottom-right corner of the PowerPoint window. (Not all the views are represented there.)

  • On the View tab, click a button for the view you want.

This figure shows Slide Sorter view and also points out the two places where you can switch views: on the View tab and on the status bar. Slide Sorter view is best for rearranging slides and viewing the entire presentation at a glance.