Learn about the Notes Pane within PowerPoint 2016.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher
PowerPoint 2016's tri-paned interface has three regions: the Slides Pane, the Slide Area, and the Notes Pane. The Notes Pane is placed right below the Slide Area, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1. The Notes Pane provides space to add speaker's notes that can be so helpful to the presenter while presenting - you can also write any sort of information about the presentation or individual slide.
By default, the Notes pane may be completely empty -- you may also see some boilerplate text such as "Click to add notes", as shown in
Figure 1: Notes Pane in PowerPoint 2016
To add your notes in this area, you typically just click your cursor on the boilerplate text and start typing -- we explain this in more detail within the next section.
What's important to realize is that each slide in your presentation has its own notes. When you navigate to another slide, you will have to add more notes relevant to the active slide.
The Notes Pane can be seen in both Normal and Notes Page views. It also shows up in Presenter View. Follow these steps to enter text in the Notes Pane in Normal view:
Here are a few guidelines / tips / thoughts on working with both the Notes Pane and the actual notes:
Have your ever used keyboard shortcuts and sequences in PowerPoint? Or are you a complete keyboard aficionado? Do you want to learn about some new shortcuts? Or do you want to know if your favorite keyboard shortcuts are documented?
Go and get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences ebook.
Microsoft and the Office logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.