About handouts

You can print your presentation in the form of handouts — with one, two, three, four, six, or nine slides on a page — that your audience can use for future reference.

A slide handout that has three slides per page and includes room for audience notes

Callout 1 The three-slides-per-page handout includes lined space for note-taking by the audience.

You can select a layout for your handouts in print preview (print preview: A view of a document as it will appear when you print it.) or in the Print dialog box.

Previewing your handout

Print preview allows you to select a type of layout for your handout and to see exactly what the printed version will look like. You can also apply, preview, and edit headers and footers, such as page numbers. Layout options include landscape or portrait orientation. In the one-slide-per-page layout, you can apply headers and footers to the handout only and not the slides, if you don't want header and footer text, date, or slide numbers appearing on the slides.

Handout master

If you want to change the look, position, and size of the header and footer text, date, or page number on your handouts, make the changes to the handout master (master: A slide view or page on which you define formatting for all slides or pages in your presentation. Each presentation has a master for each key component: slides, title slides, speaker's notes, and audience handouts.). To include a name or logo that should appear on every page of the handout, add it to the master. Changes you make to the handout master also appear when you print an outline.

Additional layout options

There are additional options for the look of your handout if you send the presentation from Microsoft PowerPoint to Microsoft Word.

Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003