Title a slide

There are a couple of different ways to add titles to your slides in PowerPoint. Use the Layout option to create a standalone title slide or to add a title to a slide that contains other text. You can also use the Outline view to create and update the titles of your slides. 

Select a heading below to open it and see the detailed instructions.

  1. Select the slide whose layout you will change so that it can have a title.

  2. Click Home > Layout.

    The Layout option is on the Home tab.
  3. Select Title Slide for a standalone title page or select Title and Content for a slide that contains a title and a full slide text box. Many other layout options include titles, too. Pick the one that’s best suited for your presentation.

    On the Layout menu, choose a theme.
  4. Select the Click to add title text box. Enter your title for that slide.

    Slide with the theme you chose. Add a title in the upper text box.

You can also create a slide title in Outline view. This view also shows the titles for any other slides in your presentation.

  1. Click View > Outline View.

    • A slide without a title will have no text to the right of the slide number.

      Slide 1 has no title.
    • If your slide already has a title, it appears next to the slide number.

      Slide 2 has a title.
  2. Click to the right of the slide number.

  3. Type your new title here, or update an existing slide title. Your text will appear on the slide as you enter it.

    Tip: You can use Outline view as your notes when you give a presentation.

The Selection pane in PowerPoint lets you hide individual items on a slide. So, for example, you can add a title to a slide for accessibility or sorting reasons, but keep the title hidden from view to save space on the slide.

  1. Type the title in the Title placeholder box.

  2. On the Drawing Tools Format tab of the ribbon, in the Arrange group (toward the right end) choose Selection Pane.

    The Selection pane opens. Each item in the slide is listed in the Selection pane, and each item has an eye symbol The Visible symbol for items listed in the Selection pane on the right that indicates whether the item is visible.

  3. Click the eye symbol for the Title to switch it from visible to invisible. (You can click it again to toggle it back to visible, if necessary.)

    The symbol for Visible items looks like an eye. The symbol for hidden items is a horizontal line, representing a closed eye
    Visibility symbols in PowerPoint 2016/2013

    Visibility symbols in PowerPoint 2016/2013

    The eye symbol repesents a visible item. If the eye is "closed", then the item is invisible.
    Visibility symbols in PowerPoint 2010/20007

    Visibility symbols in PowerPoint 2010/20007

If you want all or many of your slide titles to be hidden, use Slide Master view to achieve it. Duplicate the slide layout for which you want to have hidden titles. Then on the duplicate layout, move the title placeholder off-slide. Then apply the new layout to the appropriate slides. For example:

  1. On the View tab of the ribbon, in the Master Views group, select Slide Master.

  2. In the slide thumbnail pane on the left side of the PowerPoint window, right-click a slide layout (such as Title and Content Layout) that you want to alter, and choose Duplicate Layout.

  3. Select the duplicated layout.

  4. Select the title placeholder, drag it upward, and drop it outside the boundary of the visible slide.

    Drag the Title placeholder upward, and drop it outside the boundary of the visible slide

    If PowerPoint doesn't allow you to drag the placeholder that far, use View > Zoom to make the slide surface area appear smaller so that there is adequate room to move the placeholder fully off-slide.

  5. Close Master view and return to Normal view.

  6. Select a slide whose title you want to hide. Right-click it, and apply the "hidden-title" slide layout that you just created.

    The title moves to an off-slide position, but it still exists. You can see the title of the slide by switching to Outline view.

If you want the same title on every slide, you may be thinking of what PowerPoint calls a footer. For instructions on putting footers on your slides, see Insert or change footers in PowerPoint slides.

See Also

PowerPoint expert Geetesh Bajaj has an article on his site about Hiding Slide Titles in PowerPoint.

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