How to Make Table of Contents in PowerPoint

If you know how to automatically generate a table of contents in Word, you’ll be surprised that creating a table of contents in PowerPoint is different. Don’t be daunted, however, because doing this in PowerPoint is quick and easy. Having a table of contents (TOC) in your PowerPoint presentation can be a good tool as it sets the stage for what’s in store for your audience. It also shows the direction which your presentation is going and therefore serves as a preview and guide for them. Here is how to make table of contents in PowerPoint.

Many would probably create a table of contents in PowerPoint by going over their slides repeatedly to check and then type in or copy-paste each of the headings and subheadings on their table of contents slide. However, this can be tedious and time-consuming. A great tip we’ll show you is going to be quick and easy.


How to Make Table of Contents in PowerPoint

To quickly and easily create your table of contents in PowerPoint, you have to first start with a blank PowerPoint slide where your TOC will go.


Then, go to the View menu so you can see a simpler version of your presentation through the Outline View. This shows the structure of your whole presentation on a sidebar from beginning to end. Now, using your mouse, select or highlight the outline on the sidebar and copy with Ctrl+C on Windows or Cmd+C on Mac.

Now, switch to the normal view by going back to the View menu and choosing “Normal.” Then, go back to the blank slide you earlier made in your presentation. Click on Ctrl+P or right click and select Paste to paste your outline on the blank slide.

What you will see is a list of the main topics of your presentation which will make up your basic outline.


Customize Your Table of Contents

You can still make your outline list more attractive with a few formatting touches. Still, copying and pasting your outline from Outline View is a better way to start your table of contents in PowerPoint. It’s more efficient instead of creating one from the very start.


You can add bullets, change the alignment, change the font faces and sizes, as well as add shapes and animations. You can even look for free PowerPoint templates right here on this portal to apply the themes to your own presentation.

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