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Normal View (Editing View) in PowerPoint 2019 for Windows

Learn about the Editing view (Normal View) in PowerPoint 2019 for Windows. This is the view that you will use most of the time when you are creating and editing slides.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2019 for Windows

OS: Windows 10 and higher






PowerPoint 2019 for Windows provides several views that enable you to view and edit your slides. Unarguably, Normal view is the default and most often used view, as can be seen in Figure 1 below.

Normal View in PowerPoint 2019
Figure 1: Normal View in PowerPoint 2019

This view displays one slide at a time in the Slide Area, and is used mainly for editing and creating slides, and shows PowerPoint's typical tri-pane interface that includes the Slides Pane, the Slide Area, and the Notes Pane. If you cannot see the Slides Pane in Normal view, scroll down this page to read a tip that will help you restore that pane. And if you cannot see the Notes Pane, all you need to do is to click the small Notes button on the Status Bar.

To navigate to the next slide, you can use the vertical scrollbar on the Slide Area, or the Next and Previous buttons located at its bottom of the same vertical scrollbar. You can also use the Page Up and Page Down keys on your keyboard to navigate between the slides. These techniques are explained in further detail within our Slide Area tutorial.

If you are not in Normal view, you can easily get to this view by choosing the View tab on Ribbon, and clicking the Normal button (highlighted in red within Figure 2).

Normal button within Presentation Views group
Figure 2: Normal button within Presentation Views group

Other than the View tab of the Ribbon, you can also access Normal view by clicking the Normal button (highlighted in red within Figure 3) located towards the right side of the Status Bar.

Normal view button on the Status Bar
Figure 3: Normal view button on the Status Bar

Lost the Slides Pane?

Did you drag the Slides Pane so that you can no longer see any slides within the pane? Do you see just Thumbnails mentioned on the diminished pane, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4, below? Or maybe, you cannot see this pane itself in the Normal view?

Slides Pane diminished
Figure 4: Slides Pane diminished

You can restore the Slides Pane by clicking the Thumbnails option (shown highlighted in red within Figure 4, above). Alternatively, access the View tab of the Ribbon and click the Normal button (highlighted in red within Figure 2, shown earlier on this page). You can also click the Normal button (highlighted in red within Figure 3, earlier on this page) located towards the right side of the Status Bar.

Here are some keyboard shortcuts that will help you navigate Normal view:

  • F6: Move clockwise among panes in Normal view
  • Shift + F6: Move counterclockwise among panes in Normal view
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Switch between Normal and Outline views

Repeat clicking the Normal button (highlighted in red within Figure 3, earlier on this page) on the Status Bar also switches between Normal and Outline views.

Shortcut Manager, a third party PowerPoint add-in allows you to create your own shortcut keys in PowerPoint. Read the Indezine review of Shortcut Manager.

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See Also:

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