About this lesson
We'll examine the different ways to launch PowerPoint and run through the functionality available on the Start Screen.
Launching PowerPoint and the Start Screen
When to use
The start screen should be used when you first launch PowerPoint and want to create a new presentation, choose a template or open an existing presentation.
Once PowerPoint has been downloaded and installed on your PC, you can launch it from the search box in the task bar.
Windows 10/8.1/8 Users
Click in the search box and type PowerPoint. If installed, the app will appear at the top of the menu. Click on the app to launch.
Pin PowerPoint to the Taskbar
To launch PowerPoint with one-click from the taskbar, pin the application.
Right-click on the app in the menu. Select the Pin to taskbar option from the contextual menu. This will pin the app permantely to the taskbar at the bottom of the screen until you choose to remove it. Click on the icon to launch.
The Start Screen
When you open PowerPoint for the first time, the Start Screen will appear. From here, you'll be able to create a new presentation, choose a template, and access your recently edited presentations. You can also search for presentations you have saved using the search bar.
The Search Bar
Type a full or partial keyword into the search box to search for a file. Search will look for files saved to your local drives and any attached file storage applications like OneDrive. Click the X to clear the search.
The recent lists shows the last presentations you accessed. The number of recent files you see in this list is controlled by a setting in PowerPoint options. You can display a maximum of 50 recent presentations. The recent list is dynamic. This means it will change and update depending on your activity.
If you have presentations or templates that you use frequently, you can pin them to the top of the list. Pinning a file also adds it to the Pinned area. To pin a presentation, hover your mouse over a file in the recent list and click the drawing pin icon. Click the drawing pin icon again to unpin a file and remove it from the pinned list.
Shared with me
Files that have been shared with you by others will show in this list. Files will stay in this list until the owner of the file removes your access.
Hints & tips
- If you prefer, apps can be pinned to the start menu instead of the task bar.
- To see more templates, click the More themes button.
- When searching for a file in the search box, click Show more results to see the whole list.
- If you don't want to see the New section, click the down-arrow next to the section to minimize.
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