Manually create a table of contents in PowerPoint

The ability to automatically create a text-based summary slide or a table of contents slide in your presentation isn't available in PowerPoint. But you can manually create a summary or table of contents slide by copying slide titles onto a new slide and (optionally) making a hyperlink of each one.

First, add the slide where you want to insert a summary or table of contents. On the Home tab, click the arrow next to New Slide, and then click a slide layout that contains the type of text placeholders and layout that you want (such as Title and Content, Two Content, or Comparison).

Office 365 subscribers can automatically make a picture-based table of contents. See Use Zoom for PowerPoint for details.

Copy slide titles from Outline view

The fastest way to copy all of your slide titles onto one slide is to use Outline view.

  1. On the View tab, click Outline View.

  2. Right-click in the thumbnails pane, point to Collapse, and then click Collapse All.

  3. Click and drag to select all the slide titles you want to include, and then right-click and select Copy.

  4. Switch to the text box on your table of contents slide, and on the Home tab, select Paste > Paste Special.

  5. In the Paste Special dialog box, select either Formatted Text (RTF) or Unformatted Text, and click OK. You may want to use Font options on the Home tab to change the appearance of your summary or contents list.

Make hyperlinks to the individual slides in your table of contents

After you have the titles on your table of contents slide, turn each one into a hyperlink that jumps to the corresponding slide in your presentation.

  1. Select one of the titles you pasted on the table of contents slide.

  2. On the Insert tab, select Link.

  3. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, select the Place in This Document tab.

  4. In the Select a place in this document box, under Slide Titles, select the slide title that corresponds to the title you selected in step 1.

  5. Click OK to insert a hyperlink on your table of content slide.

  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for each hyperlink you want to create in your table of contents.

Copy slide titles from Outline view

The fastest way to copy all of your slide titles onto one slide is to use Outline view.

  1. In the thumbnail pane on the left side, select the Outline tab.

  2. Right-click in the Outline thumbnails pane, point to Collapse, and then click Collapse All.

  3. Click and drag to select all the slide titles you want to include, and then copy them (Right-click, and then click Copy).

  4. Click in the text box on your summary or outline slide, and then on the Home tab click Paste > Paste Special.

  5. In the Paste Special box, select either Formatted Text (RTF) or Unformatted Text, and click OK.

    You may want to use Font options on the Home tab to change the appearance of your contents list.

Make hyperlinks to the individual slides in your table of contents

After you have the titles on your table of contents slide, turn each one into a hyperlink that jumps to the corresponding slide in your presentation.

  1. Select one of the titles you pasted on the table of contents slide.

  2. On the Insert tab, select Hyperlink.

  3. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, select the Place in This Document tab.

  4. In the Select Place in Document box, under Slide Titles select the slide title that corresponds to the title you selected in step 1.

  5. Click OK to insert a hyperlink on your table of content slide.

  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for each hyperlink you want to create in your table of contents.

Copy slide titles from Outline view

The fastest way to copy all of your slide titles onto one slide is to use Outline view.

  1. On the View tab, click Outline View.

  2. Ctrl+click or right-click in the thumbnails pane, point to Collapse, and then click Collapse All.

  3. Click and drag to select all the slide titles you want to include, and then copy them. (Ctrl+click or right-click, and then click Copy.)

  4. Click in the text box on your table of contents slide, and then click Edit > Paste Special.

  5. In the Paste Special dialog box, select either Formatted Text (RTF) or Unformatted Text, and click OK. You may want to use Font options on the Home tab to change the appearance of your summary or contents list.

Make hyperlinks to the individual slides in your table of contents

After you have the titles on your table of contents slide, turn each one into a hyperlink that jumps to the corresponding slide in your presentation.

  1. Select one of the titles you pasted on the table of content slide.

  2. On the Insert menu, select Hyperlink.

  3. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, select the This Document tab.

  4. Select the triangle next to Slide Titles to expand the list of slide titles for the current presentation. Then select the slide title that corresponds to the title you selected in step 1.

  5. Click OK to insert a hyperlink on your table of content slide.

  6. Repeat steps 1-5 for each hyperlink you want to create in your table of contents.

Copy slide titles from Outline view

The fastest way to copy all of your slide titles onto one slide is to use Outline view.

  1. In the thumbnail pane on the left side, select the Outline tab.

  2. Ctrl+click or right-click in the Outline thumbnails pane, point to Collapse, and then click Collapse All.

  3. Click and drag to select all the slide titles you want to include, and then copy them (Ctrl+click or right-click, and then click Copy).

  4. Click in the text box on your summary or outline slide, and then click Edit > Paste Special.

  5. In the Paste Special, dialog box, select either Formatted Text (RTF) or Unformatted Text, and click OK.

    You may want to use Font options on the Home tab to change the appearance of your contents list.

Make hyperlinks to the individual slides in your table of contents

After you have the titles on your table of contents slide, turn each one into a hyperlink that jumps to the corresponding slide in your presentation.

  1. Select one of the titles you pasted on the table of contents slide.

  2. On the Insert menu, select Hyperlink.

  3. In the Insert Hyperlink dialog box, select the Document tab.

  4. Select Locate.

  5. In the Select Place in Document dialog box, click the triangle next to Slide Titles to expand the list of slide titles for the current presentation. Then select the slide title that corresponds to the title you selected in step 1.

  6. Click OK to insert a hyperlink on your table of content slide.

  7. Repeat steps 1-6 for each hyperlink you want to create in your table of contents.

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