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Create a dynamic summary slide in PowerPoint

Need to review your key points at the end of a presentation? Create a summary slide that hyperlinks back to each of your main slides.
Adding a summary slide to the end of a PowerPoint presentation is a good idea. That way, you can review items with your audience. To create a summary slide, select all of the slides you want to summarize (from the Slides tab in Normal View) and then click Summary Slide on the Outlining toolbar. PowerPoint inserts the summary slide before the slides, so be sure to drag it to the end of the presentation. If that's the end of things, the summary slide, as is, is adequate. However, you might find the summary items prompt questions from the audience. If that's a possibility, and you're willing to continue the presentation to answer questions, hyperlink the summary items to their respective slides as follows:

  1. Select the item on the summary slide.
  2. Choose Hyperlink from the Insert menu.
  3. Click Place In This Document.
  4. Identify the slide.
  5. Click OK.

With the summary slide on screen, you can click any of the hyperlinked items to return to the original slide for a quick review. Just be sure to add hyperlinks on each slide for the return trip to the summary slide.

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

7 comments
danny
danny

Yes, I used this feature (Create Summary Slide) frequently in PowerPoint 2003. I am really disappointed that it was removed in PowerPoint 2007. However, as Susan suggest, it is a great idea to include a "hyperlinked" summary slide at the end of the presentation. I use this quite a bit during the Question & Answer period to refer back to the main points. If you are interested, here is a link to a short video lesson that I created to illustrate this point: http://www.thecompanyrocks.com/powerpoints/powerpoint/work-in-outline-view-in-powerpoint/ I will be thinking about a way to make this easy in version 2007. Danny Rocks www.thecompanyrocks.com

longneck69
longneck69

Damn, I looked for it for half and hour before I came back here and saw that it doesn't work on 07. Nice work Billy.

LittleFish 7
LittleFish 7

MS, in its infinite wisdom, has gotten rid of this feature in PPT 07.

Gromit
Gromit

I use the Custom Slide Show feature to create hyperlinks that show a slide, then return to the place where you were without the need for a "return" hyperlink. Just go to Custom Slide Shows and create new custom slide shows that each contain one slide that you wish to be able to hyperlink to, giving each one a name. Then create the hyperlinks on your summary slide so that each one goes to a place in this document, scroll down to the bottom of the list of slides where you find Custom Shows, and select the slide to which you want to link. Check the box marked "show and return" and click ok. Now when you click on the hyperlink it will go to that slide and any animation there will work normally. When you click the final time, it will return to your summary slide - no need to worry about an icon you have to click on for that. And as a plus, you can link to the same slide from multiple places in your presentation and it will return to the slide that originated the hyperlink every time.

mslizny
mslizny

Thanks for this great tip! Custom Slide Shows is available on the "Slide Show" tab in PowerPoint 2007.

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