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PowerPoint Startup Screen Options

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When you start Microsoft PowerPoint, you are presented with a screen (Figure 1.1) which allows you to select what you want to do.

PowerPoint Startup Screen Options

1.  When you start PowerPoint, you will see Figure 1.1.

Figure 1.1

2.  This screen provides quick access to the many options of what PowerPoint can do for your presentations.

3.  If you want to create a new presentation, you have three options, an AutoContent Wizard, a Design Template, or a Blank Presentation.  The three options are described below.

--AutoContent Wizard - By selecting this option and clicking OK, PowerPoint will start a wizard which will ask you several questions regarding how you want your presentation to work.  This option is best for beginners.

--Design Template - This option lets you use a professionally designed style for your presentation.  The style you choose automatically sets a background, bullet style, font, size, color, and other options for your presentation.  Please note, however, that the Design Template option is available even if you don't select Design Template from Figure 1.1 (Learn how to Select a Design Template).

--Blank Presentation - If you are an advanced user of PowerPoint, or you want to create your presentation totally without any templates, you can select the Blank Presentation option from Figure 1.1.  This option will not set any settings for your presentation.  It gives you an entirely blank presentation.

4.  If you are creating a new presentation, select the option you want (described above), and click the OK button.

5.  If you are opening a presentation, click the Open an existing presentation option, and select a presentation from the list.  If the presentation you want to open is not listed, click More Files... from the list.  

6.  Click OK.

Tip: If you don't want PowerPoint to display this screen again, (Figure 1.1), check the "Don't show this dialog box again" check box, and click the OK button.

7.  If you chose to create a new presentation, you will be prompted with either the AutoContent Wizard, select a Design Template dialog box, or the select an AutoLayout screen.  If you selected to open a presentation, PowerPoint will open your presentation for you.

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