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how to 'hide' slides in Powerpoint

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In Excel, I know how to hide  Rows & Columns but how
do we  hide slides in PwrPnt 2016?  Appreciate step by
step instructions with screen shots if possible
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To hide slides, you first need to be editing your slides in either of these two views:

In Normal view, within the Slides Pane
In Slide Sorter view

You select the slides you want, right-click, and in the resultant menu, choose the Hide Slides option. Here is a more detailed explanation:

To select, you can select the first slide you want to hide, and then Shift=click the last slide you want so that you end up selecting all slides in between. If you want to select non-contiguously, you can select your first slide and then Ctrl+click individual slides to select more slides. Yes, this sort of selection works best in Slide Sorter view than in the Slides Pane of Normal view.

Then, carefully right-click. In the resultant menu, you will find the Hide Slides option. You can also access the Slide Show tab of the Ribbon, and click the Hide Slides button to achieve the same results.

Hide Slides
Hide slides with a click
Do note that this Hide Slides option in both the right-click menu and the Slide Show tab are toggle options. Select once to hide slides and click again to unhide.

How do you know which slides are hidden? That's easy: all the hidden slides have a diagonal strike over the slide number, and also look faded in both in the Slides Pane in Normal view pr Slide Sorter view.

Faded slides indicate their hidden status
All screenshots are sourced from my tutorial at  Hide/Unhide Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows, where you can learn more.

Do let me know if you have any questions, and have a fabulous day.
Rob HensonFinance Analyst
The slides will still be visible in the slide manager on the left hand side but will not appear when in Slide Show mode. The hidden slides will show with their slide number crossed through.
Hidden slide
NoahHardware Tester and Debugger

Hi there! :)

Not sure what you mean but from what I know, hide can mean two things.

1) Hide your slide only during presentation.


2) Hide your slide both in presentation and on the slide view panel. If this is what you want to do, do tell me again. This is a lot more complicated.


> 2) Hide your slide both in presentation and on the slide view panel.
Above is what my colleague required.
John WilsonCEO PowerPoint Alchemy

There is no way to hide a slide in the left slide view panel. (unless you are prepared to write some complex code)

You might want to explain exactly what they want to achieve.
Rob HensonFinance Analyst

The only thing that I can think of is maybe slide master view.

The slide master slides don't appear in the standard list in the navigation pane.