When and how to use views in PowerPoint 2007
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Overview of PowerPoint 2007 views
The views in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 that you can use to edit, print, and deliver your presentation are:
Slide Sorter view
Notes Page view
Slide Show view (which includes Presenter view)
Master views: Slide, Handout, and Notes
As the screen capture below illustrates, you can find PowerPoint views in two places:
On the View tab, in the Presentations Views group, where all views are available.
On an easy-accessible bar at the bottom of the PowerPoint Window where the main views (Normal, Slide Sorter, and Slide Show) are available.
Views for editing your presentation
There are many views in PowerPoint that can help you to create a professional presentation.
Normal view is the main editing view, where you write and design your presentations. Normal view has four working areas:
Outline tab This is a great place to start writing your content — to capture your ideas, plan how you want to present them, and move slides and text around. The Outline tab shows your slide text in outline form.
Slides tab This is a great place to view the slides in your presentation as thumbnail-sized images while you edit. The thumbnails make it easy for you to navigate through your presentation and to see the effects of any design changes. You can also easily rearrange, add, or delete slides here.
Slide pane In the upper-right section of the PowerPoint window, the Slide pane displays a large view of the current slide. With the current slide shown in this view, you can add text and insert pictures, tables, SmartArt graphics, charts, drawing objects, text boxes, movies, sounds, hyperlinks, and animations.
Notes pane In the Notes pane, below the Slide pane, you can type notes that apply to the current slide. Later, you can print your notes and refer to them when you give your presentation. You can also print notes to hand out to your audience or include the notes in a presentation that you send to the audience or post on a Web page.
You can switch between the Slides and Outline tabs. To enlarge or hide the pane that contains the Outline and Slides tabs, see Show or hide the Outline or Slides tab.
Slide Sorter view
Slide Sorter view provides you with a view of your slides in thumbnail form. This view makes it easy for you to sort and organize the sequence of your slides as you create your presentation, and then also as you prepare your presentation for printing.
Notes Page view
The Notes pane is located just below the Slide pane. You can type notes that apply to the current slide. Later, you can print your notes and refer to them when you give your presentation. You can also print notes to hand out to your audience or include the notes in a presentation that you send to the audience or post on a Web page.
When you want to view and work with your notes in full page format, on the View tab, in the Presentation Views group, click Notes Page.
The master views include, Slide, Handout, and Notes view. They are the main slides that store information about the presentation, including background, color, fonts, effects, placeholder sizes and positions. The key benefit to working in a master view is that on the slide master, notes master, or handout master, you can make universal style changes to every slide, notes page, or handout associated with your presentation.
For more information about working with masters, see Apply one or more slide masters to a new or existing presentation and Create and customize one or more slide masters.
Views for delivering your presentation
Slide Show view
Use Slide Show view to deliver your presentation to your audience. Slide Show view takes up the full computer screen, like an actual presentation. In this view, you see your presentation the way your audience will. You can see how your graphics, timings, movies, animated effects, and transition effects will look during the actual presentation.
To exit Slide Show view, press ESC.
A key Slide Show-based view that you can use while delivering your presentation is called Presenter view. By using two monitors, you can run other programs and view speaker notes that your audience cannot see.
To use Presenter view, make sure that your computer has multiple monitor capabilities, turn on multiple monitor support, and turn on Presenter view.
For more information about using Presenter view, see Deliver a presentation on two monitors by using Presenter view.
Views for preparing and printing a presentation
To help you save paper and ink, you'll want to prepare your print job before you print. PowerPoint provides views and settings to help you specify what you want to print (slides, handouts, or notes pages) and how you want those jobs to print (in color, grayscale, black and white, with frames, and more).
Slide Sorter view
Slide Sorter view provides you with a view of your slides in thumbnail form. This view makes it easy for you to sort and organize the sequence of your slides as you prepare to print your slides.
Print Preview allows you to specify settings for what you want to print — handouts, notes pages, and outline, or slides, before you print.
Set a view as the default
When you change the default view to one that makes sense for your work, PowerPoint will always open in that view. Among the views that are available to set as the default are Slide Sorter view, Outline Only view, Notes view, and variations on Normal view.
By default, in Normal view, PowerPoint displays the pane that contains the Slides and Outline tabs. When you make changes to the size of panes in the view or to the view itself, the changes are saved and redisplayed with the presentation in which they are made. However, those customizations are not saved outside that presentation.
To make the default view apply every time you open PowerPoint, see Change the default view.