PowerPoint Views

The Six Different PowerPoint Views

There are 6 different views you can use to look at your PowerPoint presentation and each one has its advantages over the others. The default view in PowerPoint is normal view. This means that when you sart PowerPoint, and as lond as you don't change the view, you will be working in Normal View. There are two place to change to a different view: at the top of the left side panel and at the bottom of the workspace to the right (next to the zoom slider). OK, make that three, as you can also see the presentation views on teh View tab!

To change to Slides View or Outline view, click the corresponding tab at the top of the left side panel:

Slides View and Outline View

To change to any of the other PowerPoint view, use the small toolbar at the bottom:

Normal View, Slide Sorter View, Reading View, Slide Show

Here is an explanation of how you should use the different views:

PowerPoint View Description
Slides View 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
Outline View 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.
Normal View Normal view is the main editing view, where you write and design your presentations.
Slide Sorter View Slide Sorter view gives you 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.
Reading View Use reading view to deliver your presentation not to an audience (via a large screen, for example), but instead to someone viewing your presentation on their own computer. Or, use Reading view on your own computer when you want to view a presentation not in full-screen Slide Show view, but in a window with simple controls that make the presentation easy to review. You can always switch from Reading view to one of the other views if you want to change the presentation.
Slide Show View Use Slide Show view to deliver your presentation to your audience. Slide Show view occupies the full computer screen, exactly 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.