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Lesson 6. Saving, Closing, and Opening P... > Finding a Presentation File

Finding a Presentation File

If you're having trouble locating your file, PowerPoint can help you look. Follow these steps to find a file:

  1. Choose File, Open if the Open dialog box is not already open.

  2. In the File Name box at the bottom of the dialog box, type the name of the file you're looking for. (Refer to Figure 6.3.)

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    Wild Cards You can use wild cards if you don't know the entire name of a file. The asterisk (*) wild-card character stands in for any character or set of characters, and the question mark (?) wild-card character stands in for any single character. For example, if you know the file begins with P, you could type P*.ppt to find all PowerPoint files that begin with P.


  3. (Optional) Enter other search criteria:

    • If you're looking for a different file type, choose it from the Files of Type drop-down list.

    • If you're looking for a file containing certain text, type that text in the Text or Property box.

    • If you know when you last modified the file, choose the time interval from the Last Modified drop-down list.

  4. Click the Advanced button. The Advanced Find dialog box appears (see Figure 6.4).

    Figure 6.4. Use the Advanced Find dialog box to select the folders and drives you want to search.

  5. In the Look In section at the bottom of the Advanced Find dialog box, narrow the search area as much as possible using these techniques:

    • If you are sure the file is in a certain folder, type that folder's path (such as C:\WINDOWS) in the Look In box.

    • If you are sure the file is on a certain drive, select that drive from the Look In drop-down list.

    • If you don't know which drive contains the file, select My Computer from the Look In drop-down list.

  6. Make sure the Search Subfolders check box is marked. If it isn't, click on it.

  7. Click the Find Now button. The File Open dialog box reappears and displays the files that match your search criteria.

  8. Double-click on the desired file to open it.


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