Different Ways to View Slides in PowerPoint

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Four Different Views of the Slides in PowerPoint

Different ways to view slides in PowerPoint
There are several different ways to view slides in PowerPoint. © Wendy Russell

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Choose the Slide View that is Right for the Task

Slides in any PowerPoint presentation can be viewed in a variety of ways depending on the task at hand.

Note - Screen captures in this tutorial show the different views in PowerPoint 2003. However, all versions of PowerPoint, from 97 - 2003, have these 4 different slide views available, but may look slightly different.

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Normal View or Slide View

View the large version of the slide
View the large version of the slide. © Wendy Russell

The Most Common Slide View

Normal View or Slide View as it is more commonly known, is the most often used view while creating a PowerPoint presentation.

When you first start the program, the screen opens in Slide View. Working on a large version of a slide is helpful when designing your presentation.

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Outline View

Outline view shows only the text on the PowerPoint slides
Outline view shows only the text on the PowerPoint slides. © Wendy Russell

Text Only

Outline View shows all the text of all slides in a list on the left of the PowerPoint screen. No graphics are shown in Outline view.

Outline view is useful for editing purposes and can be exported out as a Word document to use as a summary handout.

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Slide Sorter View

Miniature versions or Thumbnails of slides show in Slide Sorter View
Miniature versions or Thumbnails of slides show in Slide Sorter View. © Wendy Russell

Miniature Versions of Slides

Slide Sorter View shows a miniature version of all slides, in horizontal rows. These miniature versions of the slides are called thumbnails.

Slides can be easily deleted or rearranged quickly in this view. Effects such as transitions and sounds can be added to several slides at the same time in Slide Sorter view.

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Notes View

Add speaker notes to printouts of slides in PowerPoint
Add speaker notes to printouts of slides in PowerPoint. © Wendy Russell

Speaker Notes

Notes View shows a smaller version of a slide with an area below for notes. Each slide is created on its own notes page. The speaker can print these pages out to use as a reference while making his presentation. The notes do not show on the screen during the presentation.

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