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Views in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn about various Views in PowerPoint 2010.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8

In PowerPoint 2010, many of the views remain unchanged from PowerPoint 2007 -- or are very slightly changed. In this article, we will explore all these view options.

PowerPoint 2010 continues to provide the seven different views available in PowerPoint 2007, and adds a new Reading view to make a total of eight views. The Outline view from PowerPoint 2003 and earlier is still not accessible through a menu option or button, but we'll explore that later in this article. For the rest of the views, you can switch between all of them with a single click or a keyboard shortcut.

To access any of these views, you'll need to select the View tab of the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 1. Then click on any of the buttons in the Presentation Views group. Each of these views is explained in more detail later in this article.

View tab of the Ribbon  in PowerPoint

Figure 1: View tab of the Ribbon

These seven views are:

  1. Normal
  2. Slide Sorter
  3. Notes Page
  4. Reading View
  5. Slide Master
  6. Handout Master
  7. Notes Master

We also explore three other views which are accessible from other tabs of the Ribbon, or the PowerPoint interface:

  1. Slide Show
  2. Presenter
  3. Outline

Other than the View tab of the Ribbon, you can also access most of these views by clicking the four small buttons towards the right side of the Status Bar (see Figure 2).

View buttons in PowerPoint
Figure 2: View buttons

These four buttons (explained left to right) allow quick access to the same views:

  1. Normal
  2. Slide Sorter
  3. Reading
  4. Slide Show (F5 shortcut key also works)

If you Shift-click any of these four buttons, the view options change:

  1. Slide Master
  2. Handout Master
  3. Does not bring up any view -- instead it brings up the Set Up Show dialog box.
  4. Also brings up the Set Up Show dialog box.

Links to individual pages on each of PowerPoint's views can be accessed from the links below:

Slide Sorter
Notes Page
Slide Master
Handout Master
Notes Master
Slide Show

See Also:

Views in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Views in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Views in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Views in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Views in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Views in PowerPoint Online


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