Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Using Custom Shows
2. Click the hidden slide to which you want to jump.
If you already know the number of the hidden slide, then you can simply type the number on the keyboard and press
Enter to display it. This also works with slides that are not hidden.
Once you display a hidden slide, you can easily return to it later. When you move backward
through the presentation (using the Backspace key, the left or up arrow key, or the on-
screen Back button), any hidden slides that you displayed previously are included in the
slides that PowerPoint scrolls back through. However, when you move forward through the
presentation, the hidden slide does not reappear, regardless of when you viewed it previ-
ously. You can always jump back to it again using the preceding steps. You can also set up
hyperlinks to go to, and leave, hidden slides.
Using Custom Shows
Many slide shows have a linear fl ow: First you show slide one, and then slide two, and so
on, until you have completed the entire presentation. This format is suitable for situations
where you are presenting clear-cut information with few variables, such as a presentation
about a new insurance plan for a group of employees. However, when the situation becomes
more complex, a single-path slide show may not suffi ce. This is especially true when you
are presenting a persuasive message to decision makers; you want to anticipate their ques-
tions and their need for more information and have many backup slides, or even entire
backup slide shows, that are prepared in case questions arise. Figure 18.9 shows a fl ow
chart for this kind of presentation.
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If you simply want to hide a few slides for backup use, then you do not need to create a custom show. Instead, you
can just hide the slides.
Another great use for custom shows is to set aside a group of slides for a specifi c audience.
For example, you might need to present essentially the same information to employees at
two different sites. In this case, you could create two custom shows within the main show
and include in each show slides that they both have in common as well as slides that are
appropriate for only one audience or the other. Figure 18.10 shows a fl ow chart for this kind
of presentation.
 
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