Creating Custom Slide Shows in PowerPoint 2010
Learn how to create custom slide shows in PowerPoint 2010.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8
Custom Slide Shows, as indicated by their name itself, are Slide Shows customized by the user. The purpose of creating a Custom Slide Show is to display only selected slides from your presentation, without deleting the slides you do not want to show. To understand 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 from a single presentation!
Follow these steps to learn how to create Custom Slide Show in PowerPoint 2010:
- Open the presentation in which you wish to create a Custom Slide Show.
- Access the Slide Show tab (shown highlighted in red within
Figure 1) of the Ribbon,
and click the Custom Slide Show button, as shown highlighted in
blue within Figure 1. Within the drop-down menu that appears,
click the Custom Shows option, as shown highlighted in green
within Figure 1.
Figure 1: Custom Shows option
- 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. To create a Custom Slide Show, click the New button, shown highlighted in red within
Figure 2: Custom Shows dialog box
- This will open the Define Custom Show dialog box, as shown in Figure 3.
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:
- 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
- Slides in presentation: Shows a list of slides within the current presentation. To
select slide(s), click the slide name(s).
- 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.
- Remove: This button removes selected slides from the
Slides in custom show area. Note that unless you select a slide within the
Slides in custom show area, the Remove button stays
- 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) -- you can also
see that we have changed the Custom Show name to 'Important Slides'.
Figure 4: Slides added within Slides in custom show list
- Re-order: The Up 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 selected slide(s).
- 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.
- This brings you back to the Custom Shows dialog box, as shown in
Figure 5. The Custom Show you just created can be seen within this dialog box.
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.
- 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.
- New, to create more Custom Shows
- Once you are happy with your Custom Show, click the Close button, highlighted in
blue within Figure 5.
- To play your Custom Show in PowerPoint, explore our Playing Custom Shows in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.
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