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Slides / Outline Pane in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows

Learn more about the Slide / Outline pane in PowerPoint 2003.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2003
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista

In the PowerPoint 2003 Interface page, I already showed you the different parts of the program interface -- in this page, we'll focus on one particular area of the interface that is shown as a highlighted section in Figure 1 below. This is the Slides/Outline pane, and it is normally placed on the left side of the interface. In Figure 1, the Slides tab is selected -- but to get to the Outline tab, all you need to do is select the second tab shown in the pane.

Slide/Outline pane
Figure 1: Slide/Outline pane

Tip - Is the Slides/Outline pane not visible even in Normal view? No worries -- just choose the View | Normal (Restore Panes) menu option.

The pane contains two tabs -- the Outline tab and the Slides tab (see Figure 2).

Outline and Slides tab
Figure 2: Outline and Slides tab

The two tabs are explained below:

  1. Outline tab (see Figure 3 ) display the title and text content of the slides.

    Outline tab
    Figure 3: Outline tab

    Within the Outlining tab, there's so much you can do to rearrange the content of your slides -- most of these options are accessible by using the Outlining Toolbar.

  2. The Slides tab of the pane shows thumbnails of all slides in the open presentation, and allows the user to move slides easily from one slide position to the other as shown in Figure 4.

    Slides tab

    Figure 4: Slides tab

    As shown in Figure 4 above, if the presentation has more slides than the length of the pane can display, you'll get a scroll bar to move up and down and see more slides.

    You can select one or more slides within the Slides tab of the pane, and perform basic slide level edits such as deleting the slide, copying and pasting slides, rearranging them, etc. Most of these options are available from the right-click menu as well shown in Figure 5. To access this right-click menu, select one or more slides in the Slides pane, and right-click.

    Right-click menu
    Figure 5: Right-click menu

See Also:

Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Slides Pane in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Outline View in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Slides and Outline Pane in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Slides and Outline Pane in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Slides and Outline Pane in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows


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