Hide or show a slide

If there is a slide that you need in your presentation, but you do not want it to appear in the slide show, you can hide the slide.  

A hidden slide remains in the file; it is merely hidden when you run Slide Show view. You can switch the Hide Slide option on and off individually for any slide in the presentation.

Hide or un-hide a slide

  1. In the left navigation pane, select a slide.

    • To hide a slide, right-click the slide that you want to hide, and then click Hide Slide.

    • To show a slide that you previously hid, right-click the slide that you want to show, and then click Hide Slide.

  2. Right-click the slide and then select Hide Slide.

In the navigation pane on the left, the slide number has a slash through it to indicate that the slide is hidden: A slash through the slide number indicates that the slide is hidden

To make a hidden slide visible again, select the slide, right-click and select Hide Slide.

Show a hidden slide during a presentation

If you are in Slide Show view and you decide that you want to show a slide hidden slide, you can do so:

  1. Right-click the current slide and select See All Slides.

    The screen switches to a thumbnail list of all the slides in the presentation.

  2. Select the hidden slide you want to show.

    The selected slide is shown full-screen and the slide show resumes.

If you are using presenter view, your audience won't see the steps you take to select the slide. They will simply see the slide you select in step 2.

  1. Right-click the current slide and point at Go to slide.

    A list of the slides appears.

  2. Select the hidden slide you want to show.

    The selected slide is shown full-screen and the slide show resumes.

If you are using presenter view, your audience won't see the steps you take to select the slide. They will simply see the slide you select in step 2.

  1. Right-click the current slide and point at Go to slide.

  2. In the Go to dialog box, type the slide number of the slide that you want to show.

  3. Click OK

    The selected slide is shown full-screen and the slide show resumes.

Show a hidden slide during a presentation

Do one of the following:

  • If you're presenting with the full screen slide show on all monitors, go to the slide that appears before the hidden slide, and then press H.

  • If you're using Presenter view, move the pointer to the bottom of the screen to access the slide navigation pane, and then click the hidden slide.

See also

Select slides to show during a presentation

Deliver your presentation

Create and present a custom show

Why hide slides?

Hiding slides is particularly useful when you have added slides to a presentation that provide different levels of detail on the subject matter, perhaps for different audiences. You can mark these slides as hidden so that they are not displayed in your main slide show, but you can still access them if you need to. 

For example, a member of your audience might ask you to explain an item in more detail. In that case, you can reveal the hidden slides that contain those details. However, if time is short and the audience is comprehending the concepts that you are delivering, you may want to keep the slides with the supplementary information hidden so that you can continue your presentation without visibly skipping over slides.

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