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Getting Started with Sections in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how the Sections option in PowerPoint 2011 can help to organize your presentation into logical parts.

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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X

No matter if your presentation has many slides or just a few, you will always want them to be easily manageable. This leads to the need to organize them logically in Sections. Sections in PowerPoint is a feature that lets you organize slides into segments or divisions for easier management. The Section option within PowerPoint 2011 enables you to divide your presentation slides into logical segments.

Any new presentation that you create has no Sections by default. You first need to add a Section. After you create a Section, you can show 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

Once you divide your presentation into 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, you will learn about:

See Also:

Getting Started with Sections in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Getting Started with Sections in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows


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