Organize your slides into sections

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Overview of sections

Have you ever gotten lost in a giant presentation when the slide titles and numbers start blurring together, and navigating through the presentation becomes impossible? You simply lose track of where you are!

In Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, you can use the new Sections feature to organize your slides, much like you would use folders to organize your files. You can use named sections to keep track of groups of slides. And, you can assign sections to colleagues to make ownership clear during collaboration. If you’re starting with a blank slate, sections can even be used to outline the topics in your presentation.

While you can view sections in either Slide Sorter view or Normal view, Slide Sorter view tends to be more helpful when you want to organize and sort your slides into logical categories that you have defined.

Below is an example of how you can view sections in Normal view:

Sections in Normal view

And, below is an example of how you can view sections in Slide Sorter view:

Use sections to separate different types of content

Callout 1 Shows the selected section in the slide deck
Callout 2 Another section in the slide deck

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Add and name a section

  1. In either Normal view or Slide Sorter view, right-click between the two slides where you want to add a section.

Add a section

In this example, in Normal view, right-click between two slides, and then click Add Section.
  1. To rename the section to something more meaningful, right-click the Untitled Section marker, and click Rename Section, as shown below.
  2. Enter a meaningful name for the section. and then click Rename (as shown below in Rename a section).

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Rename a section

  1. To rename an existing section, right-click the Untitled Section, and click Rename Section, as shown below.

Rename a section

  1. Enter a meaningful name for the section. and then click Rename.

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Move a section up or down in a list of slides

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  • Right-click the section that you want to move, and then click Move Section Up or Move Section Down.

Remove a section

  • Right-click the section that you want to remove, and then click Remove Section.

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