Backstage View – Info option in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Learn about the Info section within Backstage view in PowerPoint 2010.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Date Created: February 13th 2012
Date Created: March 20th 2013
Information is power, and within PowerPoint 2010 all the information that you need about your presentation is available in a single convenient location. This is the new Info panel of the Backstage View. This panel gives you information about permissions set for the active presentation, helps you prepare your content for sharing, and also lets you recover older versions of unsaved files. In addition, it also provides access to all the properties for a specific presentation. To access the Info panel, open the File menu, and choose the Info option, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Info option within File menu selected
This brings up the Info panel, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Info panel in Backstage View
All the options marked in Figure 2 above are explained below:
- Permissions: Provides several options for protecting your presentation. You can mark your presentation as "final", apply a password, make your presentation read-only, apply a digital signature, or use Information Rights Management (IRM) to control presentation access. These links below provide detailed information:
Mark as Final
Remove Mark as Final
Encrypt with Password
Remove and Change Passwords
Sign Up for Windows Rights Management
Using Windows Rights Management
Advanced WRM Permissions
Opening WRM Protected Files
Get Started with a Digital Signature
Acquire or Create a Digital Signature
Creating Digital Certificates Outside PowerPoint 2010
Enable Trusted Certificates
Removing Certificates in Internet Explorer
Remove Digital Signatures
Note: If you have some media files (audio or video) contained within your presentation -- then you will see an additional option within the Info tab of Backstage view. This option, called Compress Media lets you optimize any media files so that they take less space -- more of this is explained in our Video Compression Options in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.
- Prepare for Sharing: If you are planning to share your presentation with others, you should consider doing a quality check such as, inspect your presentation for confidential information, validate its accessibility, and check for compatibility with previous versions. You can also do a spell check, and examine the presentation for hidden data and personal information stored in comments, notes, or document properties. All these tasks can be performed within this area. These links below provide detailed information:
- Versions: In this section you can recover your unsaved presentations (if you have closed your file without saving it, or if your computer or application crashed). This link below provide detailed information:
Recovering Presentations Manually
- Properties: Here you can create and modify many of the presentation’s properties.These links below provide detailed information:
Properties of a Presentation
Advanced Presentation Properties
We will explore all these options individually in subsequent tutorials of this series.
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