Learn about the Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2016.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher
PowerPoint 2016's work area below the
Ribbon continues to be tri-paned -- these three panes comprise
the Slides Pane, the Slide Area, and the
Notes Pane. The Slides Pane is the thin strip on the left side of
the PowerPoint 2016 interface that contains thumbnails
of all your slides -- as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.
Figure 1: Slides Pane within the PowerPoint 2016 interface
Usually when you launch PowerPoint, the Slides Pane is also visible. However, there may be times when the pane may not be visible in
Normal view. To bring it back again, choose the
View tab of the Ribbon , and click the
Normal button. Alternatively, click the Thumbnails button on the left side (highlighted in
red within Figure 2). This will bring back the hidden Slides Pane.
Figure 2: Thumbnails button to unhide the Slides Pane
Within Normal view, the Slide Pane allows you to:
Also, you can select one or more slides within the slide pane, and perform basic slide level edits such as copying and pasting slides, and
rearranging them, etc. Additionally, you can select a slide you need to work with, and then right-click to bring up the contextual menu you
see in Figure 4, below. Many of the options in this right-click menu replicate options already discussed in this
Figure 4: Right-click contextual menu for the slide within Slides Pane
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