PowerPoint 2010: Saving and Printing

Lesson 9: Saving and Printing



PowerPoint 2010

Are you saving for the first time? Do you need to share your presentation with someone who doesn't have PowerPoint 2010? Would you like to print handouts of your presentation? Do you need a printout that shows your notes with your slides? All of these factors will affect how you save and print your PowerPoint presentations.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use the Save and Save As commands, in addition to learning how to save in alternative file formats. We'll also cover all of the printing tasks and settings in the Print pane, along with the Quick Print feature.

Saving and printing presentations

When you create a new presentation in PowerPoint, you'll need to know how to save it in order to access and edit it later. PowerPoint allows you to save your presentations in several ways.

Once you've created your document, you may want to print it to view and share your work offline. It's easy to preview and print a document in Word using the Print pane.

Optional: You can download this example for extra practice.

To use the Save As command:

Save As allows you to choose a name and location for your presentation. It's useful if you've first created a presentation or if you want to save a different version of a presentation while keeping the original.

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Select Save As.
    Save AsSave As
  3. The Save As dialog box will appear. Select the location where you want to save the presentation.
  4. Enter a name for the presentation, then click Save.
    The Save As dialog boxThe Save As dialog box

If you're using Windows 7, you'll usually want to save things to your Documents library, and in other versions of Windows you'll save them to the My Documents folder. For more information, check out our lessons on Windows 7 and Windows XP.

To use the Save command:

  1. Click the Save command on the Quick Access toolbar.
    Saving a presentationSaving a presentation
  2. The presentation will be saved in its current location with the same file name.

If you are saving for the first time and select Save, the Save As dialog box will appear.


PowerPoint automatically saves your presentation to a temporary folder while you're working on it. If you forget to save your changes or if PowerPoint crashes, you can recover the autosaved file.

  1. Open a presentation that was previously closed without saving.
  2. In Backstage view, click Info.
  3. If there are autosaved versions of your file, they will appear under Versions. Click the file to open it.
    Opening an autosaved fileOpening an autosaved file
  4. To save changes, click Restore, then click OK.
    Restoring a fileRestoring a file

By default, PowerPoint autosaves every 10 minutes. If you are editing a presentation for less than 10 minutes, PowerPoint may not create an autosaved version.

Other file formats

To save as a PowerPoint 97-2003 presentation:

You can share your presentation with anyone using PowerPoint 2010 or 2007 because they use the same file format. However, earlier versions of PowerPoint use a different file format, so if you want to share your presentation with someone using an earlier version of PowerPoint you'll need to save it as a PowerPoint 97-2003 presentation.

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Select Save As.
  3. In the Save as type drop-down menu, select PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation.
    Saving as a PowerPoint 97-2003 presentationSaving as a PowerPoint 97-2003 presentation
  4. Select the location where you want to save the presentation.
  5. Enter a name for the presentation, then click Save.

To save as a different file type:

If you want to share your presentation with someone who doesn't have PowerPoint, you have several file types to choose from.

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Select Save & Send.
  3. Choose from three special File Types:
    • Create PDF/XPS Document: This saves the contents of your slide show as a document instead of a PowerPoint file.
    • Create a Video: This saves your presentation as a video that can be shared online, in an email, or on a disc.
    • Package Presentation for CD: This saves your presentation in a folder along with the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer, a special slide show player that anyone can download and use.
Selecting a different file typeSelecting a different file type


In previous versions of PowerPoint, there was a Print Preview option that allowed you to see exactly what the presentation looked like before printing it. You may have noticed that this feature seems to be gone in PowerPoint 2010. It actually hasn't disappeared; it has just been combined with the Print window to create the Print pane, which is located in Backstage view.

To view the Print pane:

  1. Click the File tab to go to Backstage view.
  2. Select Print. The Print pane appears, with the print settings on the left and the Preview on the right.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn about the various printing settings and options found in the Print pane.

labeled graphic

Preview Page

Click the arrows to advance and view the pages of your presentation in the Print Preview area.


Before printing, you can preview your presentation and adjust settings if needed.

When you're ready, enter the number of copies you need and click the Print button to print your presentation.

Print Preview

The Print Preview pane allows you to see how your presentation will look when printed.


You may need to select a specific printer if your computer is connected to multiple printers.

Print Range

Here, you can choose whether to print all of the slides in your presentation or a specific selection of slides.

Custom Range

If you want to print a custom range of slides, enter the slide numbers here.

Page Layout

Here, you can choose how you want your presentation to appear on the page.

Options include printing the full-page slide or slides with notes or displaying multiple slides in handouts.


If you are printing multiple copies, you can choose whether you want the copies collated or uncollated.

Print Color

Here, you can change your print color, which is chosen by default depending on whether you are using a black and white or color printer.

Because presentations use a lot of color, you may want to print in grayscale or black and white to save ink.


Here, you can choose your page orientation as portrait or landscape.

If you're printing a full-page slide, you may want to choose landscape for a better fit on the page.


You can drag the slider to zoom the Print Preview. If you zoom out, you can view multiple pages at the same time.

To print:

  1. Go to the Print pane.
  2. Determine and choose how you want the slides to appear on the page.
  3. If you only want to print certain slides, you can type a range of slides. Otherwise, select Print All Slides.
  4. Select the number of copies.
  5. Select a printer from the drop-down list.
  6. Click the Print button.

Quick Print

There may be times when you want to print something with a single click using Quick Print. This feature prints the document using the default settings and the default printer. In PowerPoint 2010, you'll need to add it to the Quick Access toolbar in order to use it.

Quick Print always prints the entire presentation, so if you only want to print part of your presentation you'll have to use the Print pane.

To access the Quick Print button:

  1. Click the drop-down arrow on the right side of the Quick Access toolbar.
  2. Select Quick Print if it is not already checked.
    Adding Quick Print to the Quick Access toolbarAdding Quick Print to the Quick Access toolbar
  3. To print, click the Quick Print command.
    The Quick Print commandThe Quick Print command


  1. Open an existing PowerPoint presentation. If you want, you can use this example.
  2. Using Save As, save the presentation with the file name trial.
  3. Save the same presentation as a PowerPoint Show file.
  4. Close the presentation.
  5. Open another existing PowerPoint presentation.
  6. Save the presentation so it is compatible with PowerPoint 2003.
  7. Close the presentation.
  8. Preview the presentation in the Print pane.
  9. Print a Handout version of the presentation with three slides per page.