For Seniors: How to Understand PowerPoint Views
Like other Office applications, PowerPoint provides several different views for you to work with. Each view is useful for a different set of activities. Normal view — the default — is the most commonly used view. You can choose between the other views in either of these ways:
Click one of the View buttons in the bottom-right corner of the PowerPoint window. (Not all the views are represented there.)
On the View tab, click a button for the view you want.
The following table summarizes the available views and tells what each view is good for.
|View||How to Select||Useful For|
|Normal||Click the button in the bottom-right corner; or choose View→Normal||Editing the content of a slide|
|Slide Sorter||Click the button in the bottom-right corner; or choose View→Slide Sorter||Viewing all slides in the presentation at a glance, rearranging slide order|
|Reading View||Click the button in the bottom-right corner; or choose View→Reading View||Showing a presentation in a window|
|Slide Show||Click the button in the bottom-right corner; or choose View→Slide Show||Showing the presentation full-screen|
|Notes Page||Choose View→Notes Page||Editing the speaker notes for each slide|
|Slide Master||Choose View→Slide Master||Making global changes that affect all slides in the presentation|
|Handout Master||Choose View→Handout Master||Making changes that affect the design of the handouts you print|
|Notes Master||Choose View→Notes Master||Making changes that affect the design of the speaker note pages you print|