How to Print Handouts in PowerPoint 2013

By Faithe Wempen

When you print handouts from PowerPoint, the Handout Master’s settings determine the details of how the handouts appear. You may want to customize the Handout Master before you print. The Handout Master settings apply only when you’re printing the Handouts layouts, not when printing full-page slides, notes pages, or outline view.

1On the View tab, click the Handout Master button.

The Handout Master opens. It’s a blank layout.

2On the Handout Master tab, click the Slides Per Page button and choose 3 Slides from the menu.

The layout changes to show placeholders for only three slides per page. See this figure.

3Deselect the Date check box on the Handout Master tab.

The placeholder for the date disappears from the layout.

4Still on the Handout Master tab, click the Handout Orientation button and choose Landscape.

The layout changes to show the three slides side by side, as shown in this figure.

5Click the Close Master View button.

Choose File→Print.

6Click the Full Page Slides button to display its menu and then choose 3 Slides.

The Print Preview shows the first handouts page with the layout you customized earlier. See the figure.

7Click the Print button.

The handouts print on your default printer.