Slides & layouts

Organize your PowerPoint slides into sections

Organize your PowerPoint slides into sections

Much like you use folders to organize your files, you can use sections to organize your slides into meaningful groups.

You can assign each colleague a section to make slide ownership clear during collaboration. And if you’re starting with a blank slate, you can use sections to outline your presentation.

Your browser does not support video. Install Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Flash Player, or Internet Explorer 9.

56 seconds

Add a section

  1. Right-click between slides and select Add Section.

    An Untitled Section is added in the thumbnail pane, and the Rename Section dialog box opens.

  2. Type a name in the Section name box.

  3. Select Rename.

  4. To collapse a section, click the triangle next to the section name. The numeral by the section name shows the number of slides in that section.

Move or delete a section

Select View > Slide Sorter.

From here, you can:

  • Move a section: Right-click and select Move Section Up or Move Section Down.

  • Delete a section: Right-click and select Remove Section.

Add a section

  1. Right-click between slides and select Add Section.

    An Untitled Section is added in the thumbnail pane.

  2. Right-click the Untitled Section and then select Rename Section.

  3. Type a name in the Section name box.

  4. Select Rename.

  5. To collapse a section, click the triangle next to the section name. The numeral by the section name shows the number of slides in that section.

Move or delete a section

Select View > Slide Sorter.

From here, you can:

  • Move a section: Right-click and select Move Section Up or Move Section Down.

  • Delete a section: Right-click and select Remove Section.

Add a section

  1. In Normal view, in the navigation pane, click the slide that will be the first slide of the section.

  2. On the Home tab, click Section Section button , and then click Add Section.

  3. In the Section Name box, enter a name for the section, and then click Rename.

  4. To add more sections, select a new starting slide for the new section and repeat steps 2 and 3.

    Adding a second section

    The names you enter appear as headers above each section, followed by the number of slides in each section in parentheses.

Tip: Click the arrows next to the section names to collapse and expand sections.

Change the order of sections

  • In Normal view or Slide Sorter view, drag the section title to where you want it—for example, move the third section before the first section.

Change the name of a section

  • In Normal view or Slide Sorter view, double-click the section name and enter a new name in the Section Name box.

Add a section

  1. In the navigation pane, click the slide that will be the first slide of the section.

    How to select slides in the navigation pane

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. On the Home tab, under Slides, click Section.

    Home tab, Slides group

  3. Click Add Section.

  4. In the Section Name box, enter a name for the section, and then click Rename.

Change the order of sections

  1. On the View menu, click Slide Sorter.

  2. Drag the section title to where you want it — for example, move the third section before the first section.

    Simultaneously edit a file

Change the name of a section

  1. In the navigation pane, click the section.

    How to select slides in the navigation pane

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. On the Home tab, under Slides, click Section.

    Home tab, Slides group

  3. Click Rename Section.

  4. In the Section Name box, enter a name for the section, and then click Rename.

See Also

Add, rearrange, duplicate, and delete slides

PowerPoint Online doesn't support sections. Use a desktop version of PowerPoint to add and edit sections in your presentation.

Expand your Office skills
Explore training
Get new features first
Join Office Insiders

Was this information helpful?

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like it might be helpful to connect you to one of our Office support agents.

×