How To Change The Way PowerPoint Looks When We Open It

I believe almost everyone has wondered if there is a way to change how PowerPoint looks when we open it. Meaning that if there is a way to have the Slide Sorter View by default, or the Outline View every time we open the application.

Well there is a way and this is the way of how it can be done.

In PowerPoint, we have to select the File tab in order to go to the backstage view and then select the Options category. Then from the PowerPoint Options window that appears we select the category Advanced from the left pane of the window. Then we scroll down in the window until we reach the Display section and then from Open All Documents Using This View we set the view we want to use from the right as we can see in the following image. Once selected we press the OK button to apply the changes.

The available views to be selected are the following:

  • The View Saved In The File
  • Normal – Outline, Notes And Slide
  • Normal – Thumbnails, Notes And Slide
  • Normal – Outline And Slide
  • Normal – Thumbnails And Slide
  • Normal – Notes And Slide
  • Normal – Slide Only
  • Outline Only
  • Slide Sorter
  • Notes


The next time we start PowerPoint it will be in the view that we selected.

This adjustment can also be made in PowerPoint 2003 (Tools menu – Options – View Tab – Default View) and PowerPoint 2007 (PowerPoint Options – Advanced – Display).

About officesmart

MVP: Honored with the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for OFFICE SYSTEM title for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 by Microsoft, for my contribution and commitment to the technical communities worldwide. Microsoft Master Specialist: This certification provides skill-verification tools that not only help assess a person's skills in using Microsoft Office programs but also the ability to quickly complete on-the-job tasks across multiple programs in the Microsoft Office system

Posted on December 9, 2011, in Microsoft Office 2010 English, PowerPoint 2010 English and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on How To Change The Way PowerPoint Looks When We Open It.

Comments are closed.