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Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn about the Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Windows 7 and higher






PowerPoint 2016'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 2016 interface that contains thumbnails of all your slides, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.

Slides Pane within the PowerPoint 2016 interface
Figure 1: Slides Pane within the PowerPoint 2016 interface

What Happened to the Outline Pane?

Longtime PowerPoint users will recollect that the Slides Pane used to be twin tabbed in PowerPoint 2010 and older versions. With the Slides Pane in one tab, you could also access the Outline Pane in the other tab. Wonder what happened to the Outline Pane? In PowerPoint 2016, the Outline is a separate view called Outline View, we explain this further in our Outline View in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial.

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.

Thumbnails button to unhide the Slides Pane
Figure 2: Thumbnails button to unhide the Slides Pane

Within Normal view, the Slide Pane allows you to:

  1. Move slides easily from one position to the other just by dragging and dropping, as shown in Figure 3.
  2. If the presentation has more slides than the length of the pane can display, you'll get a scroll bar to move and navigate up and down, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
  3. Scroll bar for the Slide Pane
    Figure 3: Scroll bar for the Slide Pane
  4. You can duplicate slides in the Slides Pane by selecting the slide(s) you want to duplicate, then press the Ctrl+D keyboard shortcut. Want more keyboard shortcuts? Get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts Ebook.
  5. To delete slides in the Slides Pane, select the slide(s) you want to delete, then press the Delete key on your keyboard.

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.

Right-click contextual menu for the slide within Slides Pane
Figure 4: Right-click contextual menu for the slide within Slides Pane

Tip: If you need to view more slides at a time and perform slide level edits, you'll want to change the view in PowerPoint to Slide Sorter.

See Also:

Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows
Slides Pane in PowerPoint Online

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