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Account Tab in Backstage View in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn about options within the Account tab of Backstage view in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Windows 7 and higher






In PowerPoint 2013, and in other Office 2013 programs, you typically need to sign in to a Microsoft Account so that you can access saved settings, customizations, and even some files off the cloud. You typically do this by managing your Account, right inside PowerPoint or another Office 2013 program such as Word and Excel. The Account tab in Backstage view allows you to sign in to your Microsoft Account, and automatically connect to your OneDrive account. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to access PowerPoint 2013's Account Management options:

  1. Open a presentation in PowerPoint 2013. Click the File menu, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
  2. File Menu in PowerPoint 2013
    Figure 1: File menu
  3. This bring ups the Backstage view, as shown in Figure 2. Now, select Account option, highlighted in blue within Figure 2.
  4. PowerPoint 2016 Backstage view
    Figure 2: PowerPoint 2016 Backstage view
  5. This brings up the Account tab within the Backstage view, as shown in Figure 3.
  6. Account tab within the Backstage view
    Figure 3: Account tab within the Backstage view
  7. Within the Account tab, you'll find several options, as marked in Figure 3 above:
  8. A. User Information

  9. Here your find options to manage your account, change or update your account info, or switch to a separate account altogether, as explained below:
  10. Change Photo

  11. This option brings up a web page containing your Microsoft Account profile, as shown in Figure 4. Here you can change your profile picture, and soon your profile picture within PowerPoint and other Office programs will also update.
  12. Microsoft Account web page
    Figure 4: Microsoft Account web page
  13. About Me

  14. Click this option to bring up the same web page as you can see in Figure 4. Here you can edit your Contact info and Work info.
  15. Sign Out

  16. To learn more, read our Sign Out and Switch Accounts in PowerPoint 2013 (on Windows 8) and Sign In, Sign Out, and Switch Accounts in PowerPoint 2013 (on Windows 7) tutorials.
  17. Switch Account

  18. To learn more, read our Sign Out and Switch Accounts in PowerPoint 2013 (on Windows 8) and Sign In, Sign Out, and Switch Accounts in PowerPoint 2013 (on Windows 7) tutorials.
  19. B. Office Background

  20. PowerPoint 2013 now introduces the concept of Office Background, which essentially changes or adds a small image strip on the top right area of the program interface, as shown in Figure 5.
  21. The Office Background
    Figure 5: Office Background
  22. Learn more in our Office Background in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
  23. C. Office Theme

  24. Office Theme enables you to change the PowerPoint interface color.
  25. D. Connected Services

  26. Connected services help you access your settings and recent files or templates across all your devices, including laptops, tablets and even smartphones. Additionally, some services allow you to access media and document files too. Learn how to Manage and Remove Connected Services in PowerPoint 2013.
  27. Add a Service

  28. Learn more in our Add Services in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

    E. Product Information

  29. This area displays product info that can be useful to ascertain what type of license you are using. You can also determine whether the application is activated or not.
  30. The information and options available in this area may be a little different, depending on whether you are using an Office 365 subscription or a perpetual licensed version of Office 2013. To understand the differences, explore our Version and License of Microsoft PowerPoint and Office tutorial.
  31. The perpetual version’s Product Information area, shown in Figure 6, below has no Manage Account button, as you can see within the Office 365 subscription version (highlighted in blue within Figure 3, shown previously on this page). Clicking the Manage Account button launches your account page in a new browser window.
  32. In either version, you can click the About PowerPoint button, highlighted in red within Figure 6 below.
  33. About PowerPoint button within Product Information area
    Figure 6: About PowerPoint button within Product Information area
  34. This summons the About Microsoft PowerPoint message window with detailed technical information, as shown in Figure 7, below.
  35. About Microsoft PowerPoint message window
    Figure 7: About Microsoft PowerPoint message window
  36. Click the OK button to close the About Microsoft PowerPoint message window.

  37. Now, click the Back Arrow button on the top left area within the Backstage view (highlighted in red within Figure 8) to go back to PowerPoint's Normal view again.
  38. Back Arrow button within Backstage view
    Figure 8: Back Arrow button within Backstage view

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