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Using Outline View in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to use Outline view in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. This view shows the structure of your PowerPoint presentation and reveals slides with missing titles.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher



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The Outline view is new for PowerPoint 2013, wait, that's not absolutely true since you always had access to your presentation's text outline through the Slides / Outline pane on the left side of the PowerPoint interface. What's changed though is that you no longer need to switch tabs within the pane (as you would do in PowerPoint 2010), now you just access the outline within a new view! The Outline view displays all the text contained within the title and text placeholders of your slides, and is one of the ten views in PowerPoint 2013.

Here's a walkthrough of Outline view:

  1. First open a presentation which has at least a few slides populated with text. Then access the View tab of the Ribbon and click the Outline View button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
  2. Outline View button
    Figure 1: Outline View button
  3. This opens the Outline pane on the left side of PowerPoint 2013 interface (highlighted in red within Figure 2, below). Note that this replaces the Slides pane that shows up in Normal view. As you can see in Figure 2, below, the Outline pane displays a list of the slide titles and text placeholders in an outline format. You can drag the Outline pane to occupy a larger part of the onscreen area.
  4. Outline pane within PowerPoint interface
    Figure 2: Outline pane within PowerPoint interface
  5. No Text in the Outline Pane?

  6. If you cannot see any text in the outline pane for some or all slides, then those slides may have no slide titles or even text placeholders. Explore our Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes in PowerPoint tutorials to understand more.
  7. Do you see slide titles in the Outline pane, but not on the slides? Look at our Hiding Slide Titles in PowerPoint page to know more.
  8. Within the Outline pane, you can see the title and text content of the slides, as shown in Figure 3. Also, you can use the scroll bar to move and navigate up and down the Outline pane, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
  9. Scroll bar within Outline pane
    Figure 3: Scroll bar within Outline pane
  10. Also, many Outline options are available through right-click menus within the Outline pane, as shown in Figure 4. These options are explained in our Outline Pane Options PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
  11. Outline view edit options
    Figure 4: Outline view edit options
Tip: Use Ctrl + Shift + Tab shortcut key to switch between the Normal view and Outline view.

See Also:

01-07-04 - Views: Using Outline View in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)

Using Outline View in PowerPoint 365 for Windows
Using Outline View in PowerPoint 365 for Mac
Using Outline View in PowerPoint 2019 for Windows
Using Outline View in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
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