First of all, the Notes page shows the speaker notes that you add to the Notes pane for each slide. Secondly, these speaker notes are visible in three distinct places within PowerPoint, depending on the view you choose:
- Within the Notes Page view that we discuss on this page. You see the notes while printing slides.
- Within the Notes pane in Normal view. You see the notes while editing slides.
- Within the Notes area of Presenter view. You see the notes while presenting slides.
The Notes Page view enables you to view your speaker notes in a page view (see Figure 1). Each slide created contains its own Notes Page. You can print these pages out to use as a reference while delivering the presentation. These notes do not show on the screen during Slide Show view.
Figure 1: Notes Page view in PowerPoint 365 Windows
To access the Notes Page view (without having to print them), select the View tab on the Ribbon, and click the Notes Page button (highlighted in red within Figure 2). This brings up the Notes Page view, that you have already seen in Figure 1, above.
Figure 2: Notes Page button
Here is a description of the various elements within Notes Page view, as marked in Figure 1:
A. Slide Preview on Notes Page
The large box on the top half of the page is a single slide that shows the same slide that you see in Normal view.
B. Notes Area on Notes Page
The box located on the bottom half of the page is the Notes area, and this box contains the same notes that are available within the Notes pane of Normal view. You can also add notes and edit them here, and all changes made here show within the Notes pane of Normal view, and vice versa.
Additionally, you can also format the text content here. Select the text that you want to format and right-click to bring up the Mini Toolbar, as shown in Figure 3, below.
Figure 3: Format your text using the Mini Toolbar
C. Zoom Slider on Notes Page
Remember that you can use the Zoom slider which is placed towards the right on the Status Bar to get a better, zoomed-in view of any part of the Notes Page (see Figure 4).
Figure 4: Zoom slider on the Status Bar
Views: Notes Page View in PowerPoint (Index Page)Notes Page View in PowerPoint 365 for Mac
Notes Page View in PowerPoint 2019 for Windows
Notes Page View in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Notes Page View in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Notes Page View in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Notes Page View in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Notes Page View in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows