Table of Contents in PowerPoint PPT and Google Slides

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for Google Slides (PPTX), for Keynote (KEY), for PowerPoint (PPTX)



A Table of Contents in PowerPoint PPT and Google Slides serves as a roadmap for your presentation, guiding viewers through its various sections. Whether you’re designing a business presentation, academic lecture, or workshop, a blank template allows you to customize the content hierarchy according to your needs. Utilize these templates to provide clarity, enhance navigation, and structure your content effectively.

Creating a Table of Contents in Your PPT Presentation: A Step-by-Step Guide

Navigating a presentation is crucial for your audience, and nothing aids that better than a well-structured table of contents. Whether you’re using Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Keynote, our blank template can help you create a table of contents that’s both functional and visually appealing. This tutorial will focus on the PowerPoint presentation aspect, specifically catering to Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 and Microsoft 365.

  • Provides an overview of your presentation, allowing your audience to follow the flow easily.
  • Acts as a linked table of contents, enabling viewers to jump to different parts of your presentation.
  • Enhances professional touch, especially when using a PowerPoint table of contents.

Getting Started

  • Opening a New Slide
    • Launch your Microsoft PowerPoint application.
    • Go to the Home tab and click on the new slide option. This will be the table of contents slide.
    • Ensure your slide is set to an aspect ratio of 16:9 for optimal viewing.
  • Inserting a Text Box
    • Go to the Insert tab and select the “Text Box” option.
    • Click on the slide and drag to form a text box on your table. This will be where your contents will be listed.

Manually Creating a Table of Contents

  • Selecting Slides
    • On the left thumbnail view, select the slides you want to include in your table of contents.
    • Right-click on each slide title and copy it.
  • Pasting Titles
    • Return to your table of contents slide.
    • Right-click within the text box and paste the outline. Ensure titles are structured however you like.
  • Hyperlinking Titles
    • Right-click on the copied slide title within the text box.
    • Select the “Hyperlink” option from the context menu, which will open a dialog box.
    • Choose “Place in this document”, then select the slide you want to link to.

Using Zoom and Interactive Features

  • Slide Zoom
    • For an interactive table of contents, you can use the zoom feature. This feature in PowerPoint allows you to jump directly to the content slide from the table of contents slide.
    • Go to the Insert tab and click on the “Zoom” option. Choose “Slide Zoom” from the dropdown.
  • Creating Interactive Links
    • After using the slide zoom, you can make a link clickable, directing to the desired section of your presentation.

Wrapping Up

  • Finalizing Design
    • Ensure your table of contents is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Make use of PowerPoint’s design tools on the Home tab to change fonts, colors, and layouts.
  • Review
    • Run your presentation to test all the links in your table of contents presentation. This ensures a seamless flow during the actual presentation.
  • Advantages of a Properly Structured Table of Contents
    • Provides a clear outline, allowing your audience to follow along.
    • Gives a professional touch, elevating the quality of your presentation.

With this step-by-step guide, you can easily create a structured and interactive table of contents for your PowerPoint slides, offering your viewers a cohesive overview and easy navigation through your presentation. Remember, a well-crafted table of contents can truly enhance the user experience, ensuring your content is accessible and engaging.


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