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How to Open a PowerPoint Presentation

How to Open a Presentation in PowerPoint

Before you can work on a presentation that you or someone else has previously created and saved, you need to open it. You can locate a presentation on your computer and simply double-click to open it, or you can open a presentation from within PowerPoint.

Open an Existing Presentation

  1. Click the File tab.
    Open a Presentation
  2. Click Open.

    Press Ctrl + O.

    The Open screen appears and gives you a few ways to find a presentation to open.

  3. Select the location where the file is saved.
    • Recent displays a list of presentations that you’ve recently opened.
    • Shared with Me displays files others have shared with you on OneDrive or SharePoint Online.
    • OneDrive and/or SharePoint let you browse through your files stored on these cloud services, if you have them.
    • This PC lets you browse through your Documents folder for files to open.
    • Browse opens a dialog box, where you can browse through your computer’s folders, drives, and network shares.
  4. Open a Presentation
  5. Locate and double-click the file you want to open.

    Open a Presentation

The presentation opens in PowerPoint and you can begin making edits.