How to Open Slide Sorter View in PowerPoint

Slide Sorter view in PowerPoint allows you to easily rearrange, organize, and manage the slides in your presentation. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to access this useful view.

What is Slide Sorter View?

The Slide Sorter view displays all the slides in your PowerPoint presentation as thumbnails in a grid layout. This view makes it easy to:

  • See an overview of your entire presentation
  • Reorder slides by dragging and dropping
  • Delete slides
  • Hide/unhide slides
  • Manage sections
  • Preview transitions

It’s especially helpful for long presentations with many slides.

How to Open Slide Sorter View

There are a few ways to switch to Slide Sorter view in PowerPoint:

1. Ribbon Tab

  • Click on the View tab
  • Click Slide Sorter in the Presentation Views group

2. Status Bar

  • Click the Slide Sorter button on the status bar at the bottom

3. Keyboard Shortcut

  • Windows: Press Alt + V + D
  • Mac: Press Command + 2

Rearranging Slides in Slide Sorter View

One of the biggest advantages of Slide Sorter view is being able to quickly and easily reorder your slides.

To rearrange slides:

  1. Click on the slide you want to move
  2. Drag it to the new position
  3. Drop the slide at the desired location

All subsequent slides will be automatically renumbered.

You can also:

  • Select multiple slides by holding Ctrl and clicking slides
  • Cut, copy, paste slides
  • Duplicate slides

Managing Sections

You can organize your PowerPoint presentation into sections in Slide Sorter view. This is helpful for:

  • Dividing topics
  • Assigning parts to different presenters
  • Collapsing sections you are not currently working on

To add a section:

  1. Select the first slide
  2. Right click
  3. Choose Add Section
  4. Type section name
  5. Press enter

You can then rearrange, rename or remove sections as needed.

Additional Features

A few other useful things you can do in Slide Sorter view:

  • Zoom in/out for better visibility
  • Fit slides to window
  • Hide/unhide slides
  • Preview transitions between slides

Switching Back to Normal View

To exit Slide Sorter view and return to editing view:

  • Click the Normal button on the status bar
  • Select Normal from the View tab
  • Use the keyboard shortcut:
  • Windows: Alt + V + N
  • Mac: Command + 1

The Slide Sorter view in PowerPoint is an indispensable tool for managing presentations. Mastering this view can help boost your productivity and efficiency when working with slides.