Office 2011 for Mac: Using PowerPoint’s Custom Shows Feature

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

In Office 2011 for Mac, PowerPoint’s Custom Shows feature lets you create shorter versions and different-order versions of your slide shows. To set up a smaller version of a slide show in PowerPoint 2011, sometimes called a child version, follow these steps:

  1. In Normal view, choose Slide Show→Custom Shows→Edit Custom Show from the menu bar.

    Alternatively, click the Ribbon’s Slide Show tab, and in the Play Slide Show group, choose Custom Shows→Edit Custom Shows.

    The Custom Shows dialog appears.

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  2. Click the New button to create your first custom show.

    The Define Custom Show dialog appears.

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  3. In the Slide Show Name text box, enter a name for your custom slide show.

  4. Click the Add button to assign selected slides from the Slides in Presentation list to the Slides in Custom Show list.

    Hold Shift and click to select a range of slides. Use Command-click to select noncontiguous multiple slides. You can also add the same slide twice to the same custom show!

  5. (Optional) Click Remove to remove selected slides from the Slides in Custom Show list.

  6. (Optional) Change the order of the slides in your custom show by selecting a slide and clicking the up or down arrows beside the Slides in Custom Show list.

  7. When you’re happy with the slides in the custom show and their order, click OK to close the Define Custom Show dialog, and then click Close to close the Custom Shows dialog or click Show to run the Custom Show in slide show view.

To run a custom show, choose Slide Show→Custom Shows→Name of Your Custom Show from the menu bar, or click the Ribbon’s Slide Show tab, and in the Custom Shows group, click the name of your custom show. Notice that the Edit Custom Shows button on the Ribbon lists your custom shows if you have any. Your show runs in Play mode.