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Re-arrange Slides in PowerPoint without Switching Views

Do you use MS PowerPoint’s Slide Sorter view to rearrange your presentations?

Ever find yourself wishing that you didn’t have to switch from the Normal view to accomplish this task?

Do you have PowerPoint XP, 2003 or 2007?

If you answered yes to all three questions, then I have some good news for you. In the newer versions of PowerPoint, you can rearrange slides while still in the Normal view!

Here’s the scoop.

You’re looking for the Slides tab, which is found on the left side of the screen when you’re in the Normal view.


Don’t worry if you’ve already closed this tab – we can get it back.

In older versions of PowerPoint simply return to the View menu and choose the Normal view. This will restore the panes, giving you access to the Slides tab again.

PowerPoint 2007 will have what you need on the View tab of the Ribbon. Click the Normal view button (even though it’s already selected) and your pane will be restored.

Once you’ve got the Slides tab open, it’s a simple matter of click-hold-and-drag for slide relocation.

It’s just like the Slide Sorter, but without the hassle of switching views!

~ April