Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Basing a New Presentation on Existing Content
3. Click the icon for your personal template folder (My Templates). Thumbnails
appear for your personal templates.
4. Click the desired personal template. A new presentation opens based on that
template.
Basing a New Presentation on Existing Content
If you already have a presentation that’s similar to the new one you need to create, you can
base the new presentation on the existing one. To do so, open the existing presentation
and then use Save As (covered in the next section, “Saving Your Work”) to save it under a
new name.
PowerPoint can open fi les in several formats other than its own, so you can start a new pre-
sentation based on some work you have done elsewhere. For example, you can open a Word
outline in PowerPoint. The results might not be very attractive, but you can fi x that later
with some text editing, slide layouts, and design changes.
To open a fi le from another application, do the following:
1. Choose File
Open. The Open screen appears.
2. Click Computer.
3. Click Browse. The Open dialog box appears.
4. Click the File Type button (currently set to All PowerPoint Presentations)
and choose the file type. For example, to open a text fi le, choose All Outlines, as
shown in Figure 2.5.
5. Navigate to the location containing the file you want to open.
6. Select the desired file, and then click Open.
7. Save your work as a PowerPoint file by choosing File
Save As.
See the next section for more information about saving.
Saving Your Work
PowerPoint is typical of most Windows programs in the way that it saves and opens fi les.
The entire PowerPoint presentation is saved in a single fi le, and any graphics, charts, or
other elements are incorporated into that single fi le.
The fi rst time you save a presentation, PowerPoint prompts you for a name and location.
Thereafter, when you save that presentation, PowerPoint uses the same settings and does
not prompt you for them again.
 
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