Slides From Outline


PowerPoint is great for creating and presenting a presentation, but you may not feel
comfortable organizing your thoughts or writing text there. Although PowerPoint has an outline pane
(see the Outline tab in the image below in the upper-left?), I often prefer organizing text in
Microsoft Word or Notepad, where I can focus on my text without worrying how it
looks.

Fortunately, it’s easy to import this text into PowerPoint once I’m ready to create my presentation.

Check out the Insert menu | Slides From Outline.

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Then just apply a design template to make it pretty.

I’ve gotten this to work most successfully with:

  • plain text files and
  • Word files that have headings created in Outline View (View |
    Outline in Word)

This feature’s been around at least since PowerPoint 4.0, but I never quite found it until someone pointed it out to me.

Comments (3)

  1. Chris says:

    Enterprise is awesome!! Especially this season. Much better than many Voyager episodes.

  2. Wayne Kao says:

    Really? I admit I haven’t watched Enterprise at all this season. Was never a big fan of Voyager either.

    I watched TOS, TNG, and DS9 religiously, but starting with Voyager, I felt the show degraded mostly into cheap thrills with action and sex to appeal to a larger audience, and lost the good stories and character development. Enterprise had a good premise with the prequel stuff, and I enjoyed First Contact, but from what I saw, it never really built on it and became just another bad action show.

    Maybe I’ll give it another chance next season.