Can more than person work on a PowerPoint presentation at the same time (Answer: PowerPoint 2010 Training)

First of all, you must save your PowerPoint Document on a Sharepoint Server. Then:

Co-author a presentation

  1. In PowerPoint 2010, open the presentation that is stored on the server.

 Note   When one or more other authors does the same, a notification appears in the status bar at the bottom of PowerPoint, together with the total number of co-authors currently working on the presentation. To see the names of the co-authors, click the number in the status bar.

Notification that others are editing your presentation

  1. On the View tab, in the Presentation Views group, click Normal to view your presentation in Normal view.
  2. In the left pane that contains the Outline and Slides tabs, on the Slides tab, a small icon appears on the lower-right corner of the slide thumbnail that indicates that a co-author is making changes to that slide. Click the icon to see the name of the co-author.


  • Another way to see the names of the co-authors of the presentation is to click the File tab, and then click Info on the left side of the screen. The names of the co-authors appear in the middle pane.

People currently editing the presentation, and how to send them a message

  • To send an e-mail message or instant message to your co-authors, click Send a Message, and then click Send an E-mail Message or Send an Instant Message.
  • When another author saves their changes, PowerPoint notifies you, the original author of the presentation, that changes have been made. On the pane that contains the Outline and Slides tabs, on the Slides tab, an icon appears in the lower-right corner of the slide thumbnail that was changed.

Notification that changes have been made

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Review changes made by other authors

  1. To see whether other authors have changed your presentation, click the File tab and then click Info. Then, next to Document Updates Available, click Save, and then click Save and Review.

The File tab as a way to see whether other authors changed your presentation

  1. Then, to see the changes that other authors made, click Review Changes.

The Review Changes button

  1. When you click Review Changes, PowerPoint opens a new tab, which is named the Merge tab, on the ribbon and a Revisions pane on the right side of the PowerPoint window. The Revisions pane contains a Slides tab that lists the slides that other authors changed, and a Details tab that lists the changes to the currently displayed slide.

On the Merge tab, you can use the buttons in the Resolutions group to show next and previous changes made by other authors, and accept or reject those changes. To exit Merge view, click Close Merge View.

 Note   While in Merge view, you cannot merge in new updates from other authors or upload changes to the server. You must complete your review by clicking Close Merge View, which then automatically uploads your changes to the server.

The Merge tab and Revisions pane

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Configure PowerPoint to notify you each time authors make changes

If you always want to review (and then accept or reject) changes that other authors make to all PowerPoint 2010 presentations that you work on, instead of having changes merged with your presentations without notification, do the following:

  1. Click the File tab.
  1. Click Options on the left side of the screen, and then in the PowerPoint Options dialog box, click Save.
  2. Under File merge options for shared document collaboration server files, select the Show detailed merge changes when a merge occurs check box.

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