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Getting Started with Sections in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Sections in PowerPoint 2016 can help organize your presentation in logical parts.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Windows 7 and higher






Sections in PowerPoint is a feature that lets you organize slides into segments or divisions for easier management. For instance, if you have many slides, you may find the content difficult to handle, edit, or even deliver. And if you have a few slides, even then you may have the need to organize them logically in Sections. The Section option within PowerPoint 2016 enables you to divide your presentation slides into logical parts.

New presentations created contain no Sections, but you can add a Section. After you create a Section, you can display or hide slides within that Section as required. Figure 1 below shows a sample presentation with a few logically organized sections within the Slides Pane in Normal view. Notice how each Section is named to describe its content slides. The number suffixed after the Section name represents the number of slides within that Section.

Presentation with sections in Slide pane within Normal view
Figure 1: Presentation with sections in Slide pane within Normal view

Now, look at Figure 2 where you can see the same Sections, but now as viewed in Slide Sorter view.

Presentation with sections in Slide Sorter view
Figure 2: Presentation with sections in Slide Sorter view

After creating Sections, you can move them backward and forward in a presentation. Also, you can go directly to a particular Section during the slide show. And, you can also print slides only within one or more Sections.

In this series of tutorials on Sections, we will learn about:

See Also:

Getting Started with Sections in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Getting Started with Sections in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Getting Started with Sections in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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