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Office 2007 Bible by Lisa A. Bucki, Gavin Powell, Michael R. Irwin, Peter G. Aitken, Michael R. Groh, Cary N. Prague, Faithe Wempen, Herb Tyson, John Walkenbach

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Changing the View

A view is a way of displaying your presentation on-screen. PowerPoint comes with several views because at different times during the creation process, it is helpful to look at the presentation in different ways. For example, when you add a graphic to a slide, you need to work closely with that slide, but when you rearrange the slide order, you need to see the presentation as a whole.

PowerPoint offers the following views:

  • Normal: A combination of several resizable panes, so you can see the presentation in multiple ways at once. Normal is the default view.

  • Slide Sorter: A light-table-type overhead view of all the slides in your presentation, laid out in rows, suitable for big-picture rearranging.

  • Notes Page: A view with the slide at the top of the page and a text box below it for typed notes. (You can print these notes pages to use during your speech.)

  • Slide Show: The view you use to show the presentation on-screen. Each slide fills the entire screen in its turn.

There are two ways to change a view: click a button on the View tab, or click one of the view buttons in the bottom-right corner of the screen. See Figure 20-7. All of the views are available in both places except Notes Page, which you can access only from the View tab.

Figure 20-7. Select a view from the View tab or from the viewing controls in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

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When you save, close, and reopen a file, PowerPoint opens the same view in which you left the ...

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