How to Hide a Slide in PowerPoint 2010

Hiding a slide in PowerPoint 2010 is useful when you want to remove a slide from the slideshow temporarily but do not want to delete it entirely. For example, you may have extra slides with more detailed information that you only want to show to certain audiences.

There are a few ways to hide a slide in PowerPoint 2010:

Hide a Slide in Normal View

  1. Open your PowerPoint 2010 presentation and click on Normal View in the Presentation Views group on the View tab
  2. In the thumbnail pane on the left side, click on the slide you want to hide
  3. Right-click on the slide and select Hide Slide from the context menu

The slide will now appear grayed out in the thumbnail pane, indicating it is hidden.

Hide a Slide Using the Ribbon

  1. Open your presentation and ensure you are in Normal View
  2. Select the slide you want to hide by clicking on its thumbnail
  3. Go to the Slide Show tab on the ribbon
  4. Click on Hide Slide in the Set Up group

Hide Multiple Slides at Once

You can hide several slides at the same time:

  1. Open your presentation in Normal View
  2. In the thumbnail pane, Ctrl + Click to select multiple slides
  3. Right-click on any of the selected slides
  4. Choose Hide Slide

All selected slides will now be hidden.

Unhide a Slide

To unhide a slide:

  1. Locate the hidden slide in the thumbnail pane
  2. Right-click on it
  3. Select Unhide Slide

The slide will become visible again.

Show Hidden Slides During Presentation

If you want to temporarily show hidden slides during your presentation:

  1. Launch the slideshow
  2. When you reach the slide before the hidden slide, right-click
  3. Choose See All Slides from the context menu
  4. Navigate to and click on the hidden slide to show it

Keyboard Shortcuts

There are keyboard shortcuts you can use to hide and unhide slides:

  • Alt + S: Access the Slide Show tab on the ribbon
  • H: Hide the currently selected slide
  • U: Unhide the currently selected slide

So for example, to hide slide 5 you would:

  1. Select slide 5 in the thumbnail pane
  2. Press Alt + S to access the Slide Show tab
  3. Press H to hide slide 5

Use the Selection Pane

The selection pane allows you to easily manage objects on your slides, including hiding/showing objects:

  1. Go to the Home tab
  2. Click Select > Selection Pane to open it
  3. Click the eye icon next to an object to hide/show it

Hide Slide Titles

You may want to hide the title on a slide but keep the slide content. Here is how:

  1. Select the slide with the title you want to hide
  2. Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon
  3. Click Header & Footer
  4. Uncheck the Slide title checkbox
  5. The title will disappear but the content remains

Hide Speaker Notes

If you do not want to print or show speaker notes with your presentation:

  1. Go to the File tab and click Info
  2. Click Check for Issues > Inspect Document
  3. Check the boxes for Comments and annotations and Presentation notes
  4. Click Remove All to delete them


  • Use hidden slides to store slides with more detailed information to show only to certain audiences
  • Unhide slides when you get questions related to those slides during your presentation
  • Rename hidden slides in the selection pane so you can easily identify their content

Hiding slides in PowerPoint 2010 gives you more flexibility and control over your presentations. It allows you to customize presentations for different audiences without having to create separate presentation files.