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The Outline pane in Normal view (Figure 2.25) displays an outline of your presentation that includes the slide titles and any main text, such as bulleted items.

Figure 2.25Figure 2.25 Use Outline view to see an outline of your presentation.

With the Outlining toolbar, you can hide or collapse part of the outline so that you see only the slide titles. Outline view is ideal for seeing the textual structure of your presentation and for quickly adding bullets to existing slides or an entirely new slide of bullets. For reordering slides, it is easier to use the Slide Thumbnails or Slide Sorter view.

To use the Outline pane:

  1. Select Normal view and click the Outline tab on the Outline/Slide Thumbnail pane.

  2. If the Outlining toolbar is not displayed, choose View > Toolbars > Outlining (Figure 2.26).

  3. Figure 2.26Figure 2.26 The Outlining toolbar provides options for creating outlines directly in PowerPoint.

  4. To display only the slide titles, click the Collapse All button on the Outlining toolbar.

  5. To redisplay the entire outline, click the Expand All button.

  6. To display or hide text formatting, click the Show Formatting button (Figure 2.27).

  7. See Chapter 13, "Working in Outline View," for more information about Outline view.

    Figure 2.27Figure 2.27 The Show Formatting choice displays text formats in Outline view.


To move a slide, select it by clicking the icon in front of the slide title. Then, click the Move Up or Move Down button until the slide is in its new position, or simply drag it into place in the Outline pane.

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