Parts of a slide

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Parts of a slide

Parts of a slide

A slide has parts that are displayed to the viewer as well as parts that are not visible.


Slides are made up of containers. A container is an invisible rectangle on the slide that can hold text or a graphic. There are several default container layouts available in the Layout gallery that you can apply to a slide, or you can add containers to individual slides.

When you select a container, its corners will be identified by small red squares, called handles. You can re-size a container by dragging its handles.

One container will usually contain talking points. A talking point is a brief text note relating to the theme of the slide. Each talking point is preceded by a bullet. You can change the set of bullets used in your presentation from the Bullets gallery.

To hide bullets on the current slide, select the talking points container, then click the Show/Hide Bullets button btn_showhide on the Formatting toolbar.

Use the speaker notes as reference when practicing your presentation. If the computer you use to play your presentation has two displays (or one display and a projector), the speaker notes will show on the screen that only you can see. See Presenting a slide show.

The hidden parts of a slide

Slides also have some properties that relate to how they are displayed during a slide show. These are:


Turn this on to allow talking points to be revealed one at a time during your presentation.

Click the Reveal Talking Points button btn_reveal on the Formatting toolbar, or on the Slide menu choose Reveal Talking Points to turn this feature on or off.

A slide that has Reveal enabled appears in the Slide Sorter with three vertical dots next to its thumbnail.



The visual effect that is displayed when moving from one slide to the next.

On the Slide menu, choose Slide Transition to select a transition.

A slide that has a transition applied appears in the Slide Sorter with a colour bar above its thumbnail.