Notes Pane in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn about the Notes pane in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
The Notes pane is the highlighted area that you can see in Figure 1 -- right below the actual slide. This area provides space to add speaker's notes that can be so helpful to the presenter while presenting -- the Notes pane can be also used to write any sort of information about the presentation or individual slides. When there are no notes added for a particular slide, the Notes Pane just displays the "Click to add notes" boilerplate text.
Figure 1 shows the Notes Pane in the PowerPoint 2011 interface. The Notes Pane is an important part of PowerPoint's tri-pane interface consisting of the Slides/Outline pane, the Slide itself, and the Notes pane.
Figure 1: Notes Pane
Remember, each individual slide in your presentation contains notes associated with it -- so whatever you have in the Notes Pane area for any given slide will not show up for any other slide.
The Notes Pane can be seen in both Normal and Notes Page views. Notes also show up in Presenter View, but cannot be edited while in this view.
Follow these steps to enter text in the Notes Pane in Normal view:
- Create a new presentation, or open an existing presentation (see Figure
2). Select any slide for which you want to add some notes.
Figure 2: Open presentation
- Now click inside Notes pane to make it active -- the "Click to add notes" boilerplate text disappears as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Add notes
- Now type in some text in the Notes pane. Figure
4 shows notes added
for one of the slides.
Figure 4: Notes added
- Remember to save your presentation so that the notes are saved within the presentation!
Here are a few guidelines / tips / thoughts on working with both the Notes Pane and the actual notes:
- You can do basic text formatting in the Notes Pane by using bullets and non-bulleted lists -- or just use plain sentences.
- To insert pictures in the Notes area, go to Notes Page view by selecting the View | Notes Page menu option. You'll find that you can also do all sorts of text and picture formatting in the Notes Page -- but these won't show up within the Notes Pane in Normal view.
- You can change the look of your Notes pages by working with the Notes Master -- to access the Notes Master, choose the View | Master | Notes Master option.
- You can choose to print just the notes for the entire presentation by choosing the Notes pages option in the default Print dialog box.
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