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New Tab of Backstage View in PowerPoint 365 for Windows

Learn about options within the New tab of Backstage view in PowerPoint 365 for Windows. This is where you create new presentations, based on templates and Themes.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 365 for Windows

OS: Windows 10 and higher








When launched, PowerPoint 365 for Windows typically opens with Backstage View. If you are already working on an open presentation, and want to create a new presentation at that point, you can do so using the New tab.

Tip: You can also use the Ctrl + N keyboard shortcut to create a new presentation. However, this keyboard shortcut won't get you to the options for new presentations in Backstage View.
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Follow these steps to explore options with the New tab of Backstage View in PowerPoint 365 for Windows:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 365 for Windows and open an existing presentation.
  2. Click the File menu, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
  3. File menu
    Figure 1: File menu
  4. This action opens Backstage View. Select the New tab as shown in Figure 2.
  5. New tab selected within Backstage view
    Figure 2: New tab selected within Backstage view
  6. Options within the New tab are explained below, as marked in Figure 2, above:
  7. A. New

  8. Here you'll find templates and Themes that you have used recently, or have pinned. You can also bring up a clean slide using the Blank Presentation option. Click the Show More option (highlighted in red within Figure 2, above) to bring up more templates and Themes.
  9. You can pin any template or Theme within the New area by hovering over the thumbnail preview until you see the Pin icon, as shown in Figure 3, below. Now click this Pin icon to see the template or Theme within the New area permanently until you unpin.
  10. Pin template or Theme
    Figure 3: Pin template or Theme
  11. B. Office Tab

  12. Here, within the Office tab, you'll find templates and Themes installed as part of Microsoft Office.
  13. C. Custom Tabs

  14. The Custom tab (and you may see more than one Custom tab) shows a list of templates and Themes created by the active user, or placed by your system administrator in a designated folder. It can also include your custom made themes and templates. If you haven’t created or placed any custom templates or Themes, you will not see this list.
  15. D. Search

  16. Here just enter any keyword(s) and click the Search button to search for Online templates and Themes. You can see the results in another window, as shown in Figure 4. Click on any of the thumbnails to open a new presentation based on the template.
  17. Search result
    Figure 4: Search result
  18. E. Suggested Searches

  19. Here you'll find some suggested searches based on keywords and categories. These include Presentations, Theme, Education, Charts, Diagrams, Business, and Infographics. Just click on any of these keywords to get relevant results

See Also:

File Types, File Menu, and Backstage View: New Tab in Backstage View in PowerPoint (Index Page)

New Tab of Backstage View in PowerPoint 365 for Mac
New Tab of Backstage View in PowerPoint 2019 for Windows
New Tab of Backstage View in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
New Tab of Backstage View in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
New Tab of Backstage View in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
New Tab of Backstage View in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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