Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Step by Step

Create presentations

The actual size (dimensions) of the slide aren’t as important as its aspect ratio. By default, the slides in presentations you create based on the Blank Presentation tem- plate are set to Widescreen size.


SEE ALSO  For more information about slide sizes, see “Configure slides for presenta- tion or printing” in Chapter 9, “Review presentations.”

When you display the built-in templates on the New page of the Backstage view, the default slide size of each template is apparent from its thumbnail. Most of the tem- plates are 16:9, but you can easily filter the templates to display only those that are formatted specifically for 4:3 slides. Before you begin adding content to a new presentation, you should consider how the presentation will be viewed and choose the most appropriate slide size. It’s advisable to select the slide size before you select the presentation template. You can change the slide size after you create the slide deck, but doing so might cause graphic ele- ments (especially those on master slides) to look different, and text and other slide elements to not fit on slides as intended. Whether you create a blank presentation or a presentation that is based on a design template, the presentation exists only in your computer’s memory until you save it.

SEE ALSO  For information about saving presentations, see “Save and close presenta- tions” later in this chapter.

To create a new blank presentation 1. Start PowerPoint. 2. When the Start screen appears, press the Esc key. Or

1. If PowerPoint is already running, click the File tab to display the Backstage view. 2. In the left pane of the Backstage view, click New to display the New page. 3. On the New page of the Backstage view, click the Blank Presentation thumbnail.


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