Backstage view is not akin to other PowerPoint views such as Slide Sorter view or Normal view that relate to working with slides. In fact, Backstage view is not a view in those terms, because you can be using Normal view (to work with slides) and Backstage view (to work with options) at the same time. Consider Backstage view as a over-sized menu that gives you access to many options. In PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, Backstage view and Presentation Gallery are one and the same for most purposes, except the way they are accessed. Let us explore existing features within Backstage view.
To access Backstage view click the File icon, as shown in Figure 1, below. The File icon (highlighted in blue) is placed at the left extreme of the Quick Access Toolbar.
Figure 1: File icon in QAT
No File Icon in Quick Access Toolbar?By default, the File icon is the first icon on the Quick Access Toolbar. However, if your Quick Access Toolbar is customized, you may not see the File icon in the leftmost position, or it may have been removed.
Alternatively, select the File | New from Template menu option as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: New from Template option
Either of the above options brings up Backstage view, as shown in Figure 3. Backstage view is mainly used for creating, opening, and saving files, and connecting and removing services.
Figure 3: PowerPoint Online Presentation Gallery
Options within the Backstage view are explained below, as marked in Figure 1 above:
Launches a window that provides your User Information and details of services connected to PowerPoint. These services show up as Places to open and save files, as explained in our Add Places in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac tutorial. You can learn more about options in the Account tab in our Account Option in Backstage View in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac tutorial.
This section provides quick access to the templates as shown in Figure 3. Options in this tab are explained in the New pane within the Presentation Gallery tutorial.
Here, you will see the list of recent presentations. To learn more, refer to the Recent pane within the Presentation Gallery tutorial.
This option, when selected brings up the Open pane. To explore more about this pane, reffer to the Open pane within the Presentation Gallery tutorial.
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