Create and present a custom show

When you create a custom show in PowerPoint, you can adapt a presentation for different audiences. Use a custom show to present only certain slides from your presentation, or to create a hyperlink to a group of slides in your presentation.

There are two kinds of custom shows: basic and hyperlinked. A basic custom show is a separate presentation or a presentation that includes some of the slides of the original. A hyperlinked custom show is a quick way to navigate to one or more separate presentations.

Basic custom shows

Use a basic custom show to give separate presentations to different groups in your organization. For example, if your presentation contains a total of five slides, you can create a custom show named "Site 1" that includes just slides 1, 3, and 5. You can create a second custom show named "Site 2" that includes slides 1, 2, 4, and 5. When you create a custom show from a presentation, you can always run the whole presentation in its original sequential order, too.

basic custom show

1. Slides for Site 1

2. Slides for Site 2

Hyperlinked custom shows

Use a hyperlinked custom show to organize content in a presentation. For instance, if you create a primary custom show about your company's new overall organization, you can then create a custom show for each department within the organization and link to these shows from the primary presentation.

hyperlinked custom shows

1. Slide with hyperlinks

2. Custom show for Department A

3. Custom show for Department B

You can also use a hyperlinked custom show to create a table of contents slide. A table of contents slide lets you navigate to different sections of your presentation so that you can choose which sections to show to your audience at a particular time.

Create a basic custom show

  1. Go to Slide Show > Custom Slide Show, and then select Custom Shows.

  2. In the Custom Shows dialog box, select New.

    Tip: To preview a custom show, click the name of the show in the Custom Shows dialog box, and then click Show.

  3. Under Slides in presentation, choose the slides that you want to include in the custom show, and then select Add.

  4. To change the order in which slides appear, under Slides in custom show, select a slide, and then click one of the arrows to move the slide up or down in the list.

  5. Type a name in the Slide show name box, and then click OK.

Create a hyperlinked custom show

  1. Go to Slide Show > Custom Slide Show, and then select Custom Shows.

  2. In the Custom Shows dialog box, select New.

  3. Under Slides in presentation, click the slides that you want to include in the main custom show, and then click Add.

    Tip: To change the order in which slides appear, under Slides in custom show, select a slide, and then click one of the arrows to move the slide up or down in the list.

  4. Type a name in the Slide show name box, and then click OK.

  5. To create a hyperlink to a supporting show in your presentation, select the text or object that you want to be the link.

  6. Go to Insert > Hyperlink.

  7. In the Insert Links dialog box, under Link to, click Place in This Document.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • To link to a custom show, in the Select a place in this document list, select the custom show that you want to go to, and then select the Show and return check box.

    • To link to a location in the current presentation, in the Select a place in this document list, select the slide that you want to go to.

Start a custom show from within PowerPoint

  1. On the Slide Show tab, in the Set Up group, click Set Up Slide Show.

  2. In the Set Up Show dialog box, under Show slides, click Custom show, and then click the custom show that you want.

  3. Click OK.

  4. On the Slide Show tab, in the Start Slide Show group, click Custom Slide Show, and then click Custom Shows.

  5. In the Custom shows list, select a show, and then click Show.

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