What are Handouts in PowerPoint 2013?

By Faithe Wempen

PowerPoint 2013 gives you various methods for delivering your presentation: You can deliver a presentation live in a meeting room, broadcast it on the Internet, package it on a writeable CD, or send it out via e-mail, just to name a few.

You can also use PowerPoint 2013 to print handouts, either in PowerPoint or in Microsoft Word. When you print in PowerPoint, you have a choice of the type of printout you want. (Technically you can use any of these printout types as handouts, although the Handouts type is obviously custom-made for that purpose.) Here are the choices available:

Handouts are paper copies of your presentation that you give to the audience. They give your audience something tangible to refer to and to take home. They can also write on the handouts to make their own notes. (Some handout layouts even include lines for writing.)

  • Full Page Slides: A full-page copy of one slide per sheet.

  • Notes Pages: One slide per page, but with the slide occupying only the top half of the page. The bottom half is devoted to any speaker notes you typed into PowerPoint.

  • Outline View: A text-only version of the presentation, structured as an outline, with the slide titles as the top-level outline items.

  • Handouts: Multiple slides per page (two to nine, depending on your choice of settings), suitable for giving to the audience to take home.

Different numbers of slides per page have different layouts. For example, if you choose three slides per page, the layout has lines next to each slide so the audience can take notes.

You can print the handouts directly from PowerPoint, or you can export them to Word for further formatting.