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Home Tab of Backstage View in PowerPoint 365 for Mac

Learn about options within the Home tab of Backstage view in PowerPoint 365 for Mac. This is the tab where you can open files, and also create new presentations, based on templates and Themes.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 365 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X

What if you are working on a presentation within PowerPoint, and want to create a new presentation, or even open another existing one? The answer is easy: you access the Home tab of Backstage view. When you bring up Backstage view, Home is the default tab.

Alternatively, you first click the Home icon, which is placed at towards the extreme left of the Quick Access Toolbar, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.

Home icon in QAT
Figure 1: Home icon in QAT

This brings up the Home tab, which is the first tab within Backstage view in PowerPoint 365 for Mac, as shown in Figure 2.

Home tab of Backstage View
Figure 2: Home tab of Backstage View

All options within the Home tab of Backstage View are explained below, as marked in Figure 2 above:

A. Search

Within the Search bar, you can type in a file name or even part of a file name. Results will look through your recent files and folders, pinned files, and also files shared with you on cloud locations.

B. Themes

Here you'll find templates and Themes that you have used recently. You can also bring up a clean slide using the Blank Presentation option. Click the More themes option (highlighted in red within Figure 2) to bring up more templates and Themes—doing so essentially brings up the New tab of Backstage view.

C. Recent

In this tab, you can find a list of your recently accessed presentations.

D. Pinned

This tab shows all your pinned presentations, as shown in Figure 3.

Pinned tab
Figure 3: Pinned tab

To pin a presentation, you can hover your cursor over any file within the Recent tab, and click the Pin icon, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4, below. It's a good idea to pin your most frequently used files so as to access them quickly.

Pin item to the list
Figure 4: Pin item to the list

E. Shared with me

In this tab, you'll find a list of online documents that are shared with you. You need to sign in to your Microsoft account within PowerPoint to see this list. In Figure 5, below you can see an empty list since no one has shared anything with this Microsoft account.

Shared with me tab
Figure 5: Shared with me tab

F. Cancel

Press the Cancel button to come out of Backstage view.

G. Create/Open

This button changes depending upon what is selected. If you select a Theme or template, you will see the button is called Create. However, when you select an existing presentation, you will see the button is called Open. Clicking Create brings up a new presentation based on the selected theme, whereas clicking Open opens the selected presentation in PowerPoint.

See Also:

Home Tab of Backstage View in PowerPoint 365 for Windows
Home Tab of Backstage View in PowerPoint 2019 for Windows

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