You have a secret slide with useful information that you do not want to delete. But you don’t want to show it to your audience
inadvertently! What do you do? The solution is easy: you just hide the slide. Hidden slides don’t show up in
Slide Show view,
but they are still available to edit and to possibly unhide when you are ready to show that slide to the world.
Follow these steps to hide and unhide your slides in PowerPoint
- Open your presentation that contains slides you want to hide. To make the hiding process easier, view the slides in
Slide Sorter view, as shown in
Figure 1, below.
Figure 1: Slide Sorter view
- Next, you need to select the slides that you want to hide. To select a single slide, just click on it. To select multiple,
non-contiguous slides, select the first one, and then press the Ctrl key as you click on other slides. To
select contiguous slides, select your first slide, and then press the Shift key and click on the last slide
you want to select—you will end up selecting all slides in between.
Whatever selection options you choose, you will end up with a selection of one or more slides, as can be seen in
Figure 2, below.
Figure 2: Select your slides
- Now carefully right-click on any selected slide to bring up a contextual menu, as shown in Figure 3,
below. Choose the Hide Slide option, highlighted in red within
Figure 3: Right-click and hide slides
You can also access the Slide Show tab of the
Ribbon, and click
the Hide Slide button, highlighted in red within
Figure 4, below.
Figure 4: Hide slides with a click
You are not necessarily restricted to Slide Sorter view to hide or unhide slides. You can also select slides within the
access the same right-click options (see Figure 5
), or even use the Hide Slide
the Slide Show
tab of the Ribbon.
: Hide slides from the Slides Pane
Do note that all hidden slides have diagonally strikes over the slide number in the Slides pane, and also in Slide Sorter
view (see Figure 6).
Figure 6: Diagonal strikes indicate a hidden slide
Tip: All options used to hide slides work as toggles. You choose these options to hide slides, and then
choose the same options to unhide slides.
Hide/Unhide Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Hide/Unhide Slides in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
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