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Print Option in Backstage View in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn about the Print option in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

OS: Windows 7 and higher






Among the tabs within Backstage View, we have already explored some options such as Open, New, Save, etc. In this tutorial, we will explore the Print option used to print the current presentation in the form of selected slides, notes pages, handouts, etc. Follow these steps to learn more about Print options within Backstage view in PowerPoint 2016:

  1. Open a presentation in PowerPoint 2016. Click the File menu, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1.

    File menu
    Figure 1: File menu
  2. This opens Backstage View. Select the Print option in the sidebar to reveal options shown in Figure 2.

    Print option selected within backstage view
    Figure 2: Print option selected within backstage view

    Alternatively, the Ctrl+P keyboard shortcut replicates this step and the preceding one.

    Want more keyboard shortcuts? Explore our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences Ebook.
    Options within the Print tab of Backstage view are explained below, as marked in Figure 2, above:

    A. Print

    Click on this large Print button after you have selected all other options.

    B. Copies

    Specify the number of copies that you want to print.

    C. Printer

    Select the printer from the drop-down list that you want to send this print job to, as shown in Figure 3. Do note that this can be a physical printer or even a virtual printer driver that creates PDF files.

    Printer drop-down list
    Figure 3: Printer drop-down list

    D. Print What

    You can click on the drop-down list to see more options, as shown in Figure 4, below. You can select whether you want to print all slides, sections, a selection of slides, just the current slide, or a custom range of slides.

    What do you want to print?
    Figure 4: What do you want to print?

    If you choose to print a custom range of slides, you will be able to type in individual slide numbers, as well as slide ranges, as shown in the area highlighted in red within Figure 5, below.

    Slide numbers and slide ranges to print
    Figure 5: Slide numbers and slide ranges to print

    You can also choose the Print Hidden Slides option (see area highlighted in red within Figure 4, previously on this page). If the hidden slides option is grayed out, that means you have no hidden slides in the currently open presentation.

    E. Print Layout

    Click to reveal a drop-down list shown in Figure 6, below. You can opt to print regular slides, or slides within Notes pages. You can also opt to print just the text outline of your presentation. Additionally, you are also provided options to print various Handout layouts which include slide thumbnails.

    Slide and Handout layouts
    Figure 6: Slide and Handout layouts

    We now explain other options shown in Figure 6 - do note that the preview shown on the right slide will auto-update as you change and choose these options:

    Frame Slides adds a dark (black) frame around slides. This option is very useful if you are printing white or light-colored slides on white paper.

    Scale to Fit Paper adjusts the size of the printed slides to match the size of the paper.

    High Quality creates a better quality print output. Do note that if you have too many slides, this option may increase printing time.

    Print Comments and Ink Markup is available as an option if your presentation has comments or any ink annotations.

    F. Collated

    This option opens up a drop-down list, as shown in Figure 7, below. Collated lets you print in sequence, even if you are printing multiple copies. For example, if you need four copies of your ten-slide presentation, choosing the Collated option will print all the ten slides first, and then print the extra copies of those ten slides. If you do choose Uncollated, then four copies of the first slide will print, followed by four copies of the second slide, as so forth.

    Collated drop-down list
    Figure 7: Collated drop-down list

    G. Color

    Clicking this option opens up the drop-down list that you see in Figure 8, below with three options:

    Color drop-down list
    Figure 8: Color drop-down list

    Color: This is the default option, and will print your slides in color, provided you selected a printer that is capable of printing in color within the Printer drop-down list (see point C). Figure 9, below shows you how a preview of a slide printed in Color looks like.

    Color preview
    Figure 9: Color preview

    Grayscale: Prints in grayscale, as shown in the preview shown in Figure 10, below.

    Greyscale preview
    Figure 10: Greyscale preview

    Pure Black and White: Prints in just black and white and removes fills of all objects such as charts, shapes, SmartArt, etc., as shown within the preview you see in Figure 11, below.

    Pure Black and White preview
    Figure 11: Pure Black and White preview

    H. Edit Header and Footer

    Opens up the Header and Footer dialog box, shown in Figure 12, below. To learn about options within this dialog box, see our Add Headers and Footers to Slides in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial.

    Header and Footer dialog box
    Figure 12: Header and Footer dialog box

As you make choices, you will continue seeing updated previews towards the right side. When you are ready to print, just click the prominent Print button (marked as A in Figure 2, shown previously on this page).

See Also:

Print Option in Backstage View in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Backstage View - Print Option in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Backstage View - Print Option in PowerPoint Online

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