Explore Backstage view in PowerPoint 2016.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher
How people use PowerPoint can certainly depend upon how intuitive and easy-to-discover the interface elements are. We will explore the existing features within the Backstage view which makes such features easy to access.
You access Backstage view from the File tab, as shown in Figure 1, below. The
File tab (highlighted in red) is placed at the left extreme of the Ribbon.
Figure 1: File tab in PowerPoint 2016
Although it looks like a tab, the File tab brings up a menu on the left side of the Backstage view that it
spawns, as shown in Figure 2 -- notice that there are no other menus in the
PowerPoint 2016 interface. Within
Backstage view, you'll find frequently used features for managing your PowerPoint presentation files. This view is also used to
manage files and the data about the files, such as creating and saving files, inspecting for hidden metadata or personal information, printing
slides, and setting file options.
Figure 2: PowerPoint 2016 Backstage view
When Backstage view is open, you can find eleven options on the left side (these options open individual Panes). When you launch PowerPoint, or when PowerPoint has been launched but there are no presentations open, you'll see the Open Pane visible within Backstage view (see Figure 2, above). If you access Backstage view with a presentation already open, you will see the Info Pane instead of the Open Pane. Here is a list of all eleven Pane:
To go back from Backstage view to Normal view, you click the Back arrow placed on the
top left of the interface, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3 below.
Figure 3: Back arrow within Backstage view
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