How to customize your local PowerPoint for better productivity

  • PowerPoint
  • 2013
  • / 2016
PowerPoint is rarely used by the average Microsoft Office user, but those who use it frequently might find these simple time-saving tips helpful.

1. Creating your own menu

Creating custom menus in PowerPoint is a very useful feature you can use to create groups of the options that you use most often, and then plug them into the new menu for better productivity.

Add command in the group in PowerPoint 2016

See Creating your own menu for more details.

2. Adding Commands to the Quick Access Toolbar

You can add frequent commands to the Quick Access Toolbar , for example, Subscript and Superscript .

Quick Access Toolbar PowerPoint 2016

See Adding Commands to the Quick Access Toolbar for more details.

3. Change the number of recently used presentations

You can increase the number of recently used presentations up to 50, and you can pin (fasten) some of them to the menu so that they remain there even if you haven't used them recently.

Advanced PowerPoint 2016 Options

See Change the number of recently used presentations for more details.

4. How to turn off Start screen

When you start most of the Office 2016 applications, you'll see a new feature called the Start screen , which adds an extra step that allows to choose a template, open a recent presentation, etc. You can disable this feature and create a presentation using the default template.

Options in PowerPoint 2016

See How to turn off Start screen for more details.

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