When you click the File menu and access
Backstage view in PowerPoint 2010, you are presented with several options. On this page, we explore three of those options
(see Figure 1):
Follow these steps to open an existing file on your computer in
- Access the File menu, and choose the Open option (see Figure 1).
Figure 1: Open, Close, and Exit
- This brings up the Open dialog box, as shown in Figure 2. Navigate to wherever your presentation files are
saved, and you can open any of them. You'll find that
PowerPoint can open files of various
Figure 2: Open
- Select the presentation or file you want to open, and then click the Open button. Remember that the Open button has a downward pointing arrow next to it that provides more Open options (see Figure 3). Choose any of
them -- an explanation of these options follows.
Figure 3: Open options
Here's a brief explanation of these options:
- Open, the default option is the same as clicking the Open button.
- Open Read-Only lets you open a read-only copy of the presentation -- this is great if you don't want to
make some changes and overwrite the original presentation.
- Open as Copy lets you open a copy of the presentation -- almost like creating a new presentation while
leaving the original unaltered.
- Open in Browser works only with certain file formats, such as MHT -- see
file formats PowerPoint can open.
- Open in Protected View lets you open a presentation with restrictions to protect damage to your computer.
You can open potentially dangerous files, such as those downloaded from an unknown source on the Internet in the Protected
- Open and Repair allows PowerPoint to attempt repair of a file that is possibly corrupt.
Close and Exit
The Close option is used to close the active presentation. PowerPoint prompts you to save any unsaved
The Exit option allows you to exit the program. If you have one or more presentations open without unsaved
changes, you are prompted to save before the program exits.
Open and Close Options in Backstage View --
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