Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 3: Working in Outline View
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Working in Outline View
In This Chapter
Understanding the outline
Focusing on substance instead of form
Promoting and demoting, and the lateral arabesque
Adding a slide in the Outline tab
Collapsing and expanding the outline
Many presentations consist of slide after slide of bulleted lists. You
might see a chart here or there and an occasional bit of clip art thrown
in for comic effect, but the bread and butter of the presentation is the bulleted
list. It sounds boring — and it often is. But in some cases, an endless stream
of bullet points turns out to be the best way to get you through.
Such presentations lend themselves especially well to
outlining. PowerPoint’s Outline View lets you focus on your
presentation’s main points and subpoints. In other
words, it enables you to focus on content without
worrying about appearance.
Calling Up the Outline
In Normal View, the left side of the PowerPoint
window is devoted to showing thumbnail images of
your slides. But you can easily switch your
presentation into Outline View by clicking the Outline View
button in the Ribbon’s View tab (shown in the margin).
Then, your presentation appears as an outline, with the title of
each slide as a separate heading at the highest level of the outline,
and the text on each slide appears as lower-level headings subordinate to
the slide headings. See Figure 3-1. (Note that if a slide doesn’t have a title,
the slide still appears in the outline, but the top-level heading for the slide
is blank.)
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