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Webucator's Free PowerPoint 2013 Tutorial

Lesson: Creating a PowerPoint Presentation

Welcome to our free PowerPoint 2013 tutorial. This tutorial is based on Webucator's Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Training course.

In this lesson, you will learn how to create your first PowerPoint presentation.

Lesson Goals

  • Start Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Learn about Normal view.
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Save a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Learn about the Status Bar.
  • Close a PowerPoint presentation.

Starting Microsoft PowerPoint

To start Microsoft PowerPoint:

  1. Select the Start menu.
  2. Select All Programs.
  3. Select Microsoft Office.
  4. Select Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.Start Menu

Normal View

When PowerPoint starts, it opens by default in Normal view. In Normal view, the application window includes the following areas:PowerPoint Environment

  • Slides tab - A pane in the left pane with thumbnail previews of your slides. You can click and drag the thumbnails to rearrange slides.
  • Slide pane - Displays the slide that is currently selected in the Slides tab.
  • Notes pane - Displays speaker notes for the slide currently active in the Slide pane.

In PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, the Notes pane will open by default in Normal view; however, in PowerPoint 2013 you must enable it by clicking NOTES in the Status bar. Notes in the Status Bar

Creating a Presentation

When you open Microsoft PowerPoint, a presentation is automatically opened as well. As you can see in the screenshot below, the default presentation is named "Presentation1".

To start creating a presentation, simply click in a text box and begin typing your text. The arrows in the screenshot denote where you can click and start entering text.

New PowerPoint Presentation

Saving a Document

The first time you save a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, you need to give it a name and location. To do this:

  1. From the FILE menu, select Save As. (In Word 2007, select the Microsoft Office button Microsoft Office Button and then click Save As.)Save As
  2. Now, select a location to save your document. (In Word 2007 and 2010, this step does not apply.) Save As Location
  3. The Save As dialog box opens, in which you can see:
    1. The document location or where on your computer PowerPoint will save your presentation. You can choose a different location by navigating to the new location and selecting it.
    2. The file name. Note that this is highlighted because Microsoft PowerPoint expects you to provide your own name for the presentation. Simply begin typing to do so.
    3. The file type. Note that this defaults to "PowerPoint Presentation," which is the default file type for Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 presentations. When final, you can save your presentation as another type, such as a pdf, by selecting the file type from the Save as type drop-down list.Save As Dialog Box
  4. After you provide this information, click Save to save the presentation.

Maintain Backward Compatibility

To maintain backward compatibility with previous versions of PowerPoint, select the Maintain compatibility with previous versions of PowerPoint check box. This will ensure that the 2013 document can be opened in earlier versions of PowerPoint.

Importing a File

You can import a file into PowerPoint, including text files.

To import a text file:

  1. From the FILE menu, select Open. Open in File Menu
  2. Select where the file is located and in the Open dialog box, select the file and click Open. Select the drop-down arrow, if necessary, to show all file formats. Open Dialog Box
  3. The file is displayed in PowerPoint.

The Status Bar

The Status Bar, located at the bottom of the PowerPoint application window, shows basic information about your presentation and enables you to change your view settings. Specific items on the Status Bar include:

  1. Slide number.
  2. Notes pane button. Click to enable the Notes pane (new to PowerPoint 2013).
  3. Comments pane button. Click to enable the Comments pane (new to PowerPoint 2013).
  4. View controls. You can choose from a variety of views (Normal, Slide Sorter, Reading, and Slide Show).
  5. Zoom control. You can zoom in or out to make the presentation bigger or smaller based on your personal viewing preference. Zooming changes the size of what you're viewing, not the print-out size. Status Bar

Closing a Presentation

The two most common ways to close a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation are:

  1. Click the "X" in the red box in the upper right corner.Close Window X
  2. From the FILE menu, select Close. (In Word 2007, select the Microsoft Office button Microsoft Office Button and then click Close.)Close in the File Menu

When you close your presentation, you will be prompted to save if you have made any changes since the last time you saved.

Creating a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation

Duration: 5 to 10 minutes.

In this exercise, you will create, save, and close a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.

  1. If you currently have Microsoft PowerPoint open, please close it before starting the exercise.
  2. Create a presentation, name it "My First PowerPoint Presentation", and save it to the Webucator/PowerPoint2013.1/Exercises folder.


  1. From the Start Menu, select All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.Start Menu
  2. Click on the slide in the box labeled "Click to add title" and type "My First Presentation".First Slide
  3. Select FILE > Save As.Save As
  4. Navigate to Webucator/PowerPoint2013.1/Exercises.
  5. File name: Type "My First PowerPoint Presentation".
  6. Save as type: Select "PowerPoint Presentation" if it is not already selected.Save As Dialog Box
  7. Click Save.
  8. Select FILE > Close.Close