Open An Existing PowerPoint Presentation

Open Existing Presentations

There are several reasons why you might need to open an existing Microsoft PowerPoint presentation instead of creating a new one. You might have previously saved an incomplete presentation and now need to dos ome more work on it. Alternatively, you might want to open a complete presentation and actually run it for an audience. Whatever the reason, opening an existing presentation is quite easy.

Start PowerPoint and then click the File tab > Open. The usual Open file dialogue box that you may already be familiar with opens and you use this to locate your presentation.

Open an existing PowerPoint template

When you find your presentation, either double click it to open it, or select it and then click Open. The presentation will then open for you to either work on it or run it.

The keyboard shortcut for opening a presentation the same as that for opening existing documents in other Microsoft Office programs: ctrl-o.