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Getting Started with Sections in PowerPoint 2010

Learn how the Sections option in PowerPoint 2010 can help to organize your presentation into logical parts.

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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8

February 4, 2015

It doesn't matter if there are many slides within your presentation, or just a few. If you have many slides, you may find the content difficult to handle, edit, or even deliver. And if you have a few slides, even then you may have the need to organize them logically in Sections. Yes, Sections are a PowerPoint feature that lets you organize slides into segments or divisions for easier management. The Section option is new within PowerPoint 2010 -- and enables you to divide your presentation slides into logical parts.

All new presentations that you create have no Sections by default. You first need to add a Section. After you create a Section, you can display or hide slides within that Section as required. Figure 1 below shows a sample presentation with a few logically organized sections -- as seen within the Slides Pane in Normal view. Notice how each Section is named to describe its content slides. The number suffixed after the Section name represents the number of slides within that Section.

Presentation with sections in Slide pane within Normal view
Figure 1: Presentation with sections in Slide pane within Normal view

Now, look at Figure 2 where you can see the same Sections, but now as viewed in Slide Sorter view.

Presentation with sections in Slide Sorter view
Figure 2: Presentation with sections in Slide Sorter view

After creating Sections, you can move them backward and forward in a presentation. Also, you can go directly to a particular Section during the slide show. And, you can also print slides only within one or more Sections.

In this series of tutorials on Sections, we will learn about:

See Also:

Getting Started with Sections in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Getting Started with Sections in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac


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