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Resume Reading in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how the Resume Reading feature picks up where you left off in your presentation within PowerPoint 2013.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8

You have a 100 slide presentation that you are working on -- it's past midnight and your eyes feel glassy. In a state of semi-consciousness, you save your slides and shut down the presentation. You were probably working on slide number 60 when you called it a day. Now it’s another day -- and you want to complete where you stopped. The only problem is that you have no clue about where you need to resume! And then up comes a small message that says: Slide 60 Pick up where you left off!

Was that real? Do you want to pinch yourself to wake up? No, you are not hallucinating -- PowerPoint 2013's new Resume Reading feature is at work. As part of this feature, PowerPoint remembers the slide number you worked on last and enables you to resume your work from that particular slide. You will be prompted with a callout that appears on the right edge of your presentation, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.

Resume reading callout
Figure 1: Resume reading callout

Now, place your cursor over this callout to view a more detailed description, as shown in Figure 2.

Resume reading restored callout
Figure 2: Resume reading restored callout

Within this callout, you can see the last slide you had open in the active presentation, and also the time and date when you ended your last session. Clicking the callout will take you to that particular slide in a jiffy.

The best part of this feature is that the callout will be available all the time as long as you are logged into your Microsoft Account. If you open a file from SkyDrive on your laptop at office and later open the same file on your desktop at home, you’ll be able to jump back to where you last worked on your laptop.

Note: This Resume Reading feature also works in Microsoft Word 2013.


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