Slide Basics

Understand the basics of working with PowerPoint slides and PowerPoint slide templates, including changing views and slides.

Adding notes to slides

PowerPoint gives you the ability to add notes to your slides—often called speaker notes—to help you deliver or prepare for your presentation. You can enter and view your speaker notes using the Notes pane or the Notes Page view.

To use the Notes pane:

  1. Locate the Notes pane at the bottom of the screen, directly below the Slide pane.
  2. Click and drag the edge of the pane to make it larger or smaller.
    Adjusting the Notes paneAdjusting the Notes pane
  3. Type your notes in the Notes pane.
    Typing in the Notes paneTyping in the Notes pane

To use Notes Page view:

  1. Go to the View tab.
  2. Click the Notes Page command in the Presentation Views group.
    Notes Page commandNotes Page command
  3. Type your notes in the text box, or use the scroll bar to review your slides.
    Using the Notes Page ViewUsing the Notes Page View