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Creating Custom Slide Shows in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to create custom slide shows in PowerPoint 2013.

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Do you want to show only selected slides from your presentation to a particular audience? The answer is not to delete the slides you do not want to show and thereafter saving as a copy. The answer is to create a custom slide show! So what's a custom slide show? Think of your individual slides as songs -- then a custom slide show is a playlist of those songs! Even better, since this is like a playlist, you do not have to delete the slides that are not used. And there's more -- you can create any number of custom slide shows!

Follow these steps to learn how to create Custom Slide Show in PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Open the presentation in which you wish to create a Custom Slide Show.

  2. Access the Slide Show tab, and click the Custom Slide Show button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1. Within the drop-down menu that appears click the Custom Shows option, shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1.

    Rehearse Timings
    Figure 1: Custom Shows option

  3. This brings up the Custom Shows dialog box, as shown in Figure 2. Note that the area on the left, highlighted in blue is completely blank -- that's because this particular presentation contains no custom slide show yet. Within this dialog box, now click the New button, shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.

    Custom Shows dialog box
    Figure 2: Custom Shows dialog box

  4. This will open the Define Custom Show dialog box, as shown in Figure 3.

    Define Custom Show dialog box
    Figure 3: Define Custom Show dialog box

    All the options within the Define Custom Show dialog box are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above:

    1. Slide show name: Here you can provide name for your Custom Slide Show. By default PowerPoint may just call this Custom Show 1, but you can type in a new, more descriptive name.

    2. Slides in presentation: Shows a list of slides within the current presentation. To select slide(s), click within the check-box placed right in front of the slide(s) name.

    3. Add: This button adds the selected slides from the Slides in presentation area to the Slides in custom show area. Note that unless you select some slides within the Slides in presentation area, the Add button stays greyed out. Do note that you can also add the same slide more than once.

    4. Slides in custom show: Once you add the slides, this area shows the list of slides within the current custom show. Figure 4, below shows three slides added within Slides in custom show list (highlighted in red).

      Slides added within Slides in custom show list
      Figure 4: Slides added within Slides in custom show list

    5. Re-order / Remove: The Up, Remove, and Down buttons (highlighted in blue within Figure 4, above) are active only when there are slides added within Slides in custom show list. Use the Up and Down buttons to re-order the sequence of the slide - and use the Remove button to delete the slide from Slides in custom show list.

    Click the OK button to create the custom show.

  5. This brings you back to the Custom Shows dialog box, as shown in Figure 5. The custom show created can be seen within this dialog box.

    Custom Shows dialog box with the custom show listed
    Figure 5: Custom Shows dialog box with the custom show listed

    To preview the custom show, select it from the list and click the Show button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5 above.

  6. Within the Custom Shows dialog box, you will find other buttons such as:

    • New, to create more custom shows

    • Edit, to edit a selected custom show

    • Remove, to delete an existing, selected custom show, and

    • Copy, to create a duplicated copy of the selected custom show. This option is very useful if you want to create similar custom shows where only a few slides differ.

  7. Once you are happy with your custom show, click the Close button, highlighted in blue within Figure 5.

  8. To play your custom show in PowerPoint, explore our Playing Custom Shows in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

See Also:

Creating Custom Slide Shows in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Creating Custom Slide Shows in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

 

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