Learn about the Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
PowerPoint 2013'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 2013 interface that contains thumbnails of all
your slides -- as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below. Long time PowerPoint users will
recollect that this pane used to be twin tabbed in all older versions -- other than the Slides Pane, you could also access the Outline Pane . The
Outline Pane has been removed in PowerPoint 2013 -- since there's just one pane, there are no tabs for this pane -- by default you can just see
the Slides Pane now.
Figure 1: Slides Pane within the PowerPoint 2013 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 article.
Figure 4: Right-click context menu for the slide within Slides Pane
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