PowerPoint 2007: Viewing and Printing Slides

Lesson 8: Viewing and Printing Slides



PowerPoint 2007 Views Once you finish creating slides, you may want to view your presentation to make sure all of them appear how you want. PowerPoint gives you the ability to view the presentation in four ways, depending on which task you are completing. For example, if you will be using your slides to talk to an audience—which is how PowerPoint is often used—you may want to practice your presentation and view your slides in Slide Show view.

You may also want to print copies of the slides, either for yourself or for people viewing your presentation. You have several printing options that are specific to PowerPoint. This lesson covers the different ways you can view and print your PowerPoint slides, depending on your needs.

Viewing and printing slides

Slide views

It's important for you to be able to access the different PowerPoint slide views and use them for various tasks. Three of the four views are visible from the Normal default view. The slide view commands are located on the bottom-right side of the PowerPoint window in Normal view. Click a view command to switch to that view.

Normal view: This view is where you create and edit your slides. You can also move slides in the Slides tab on the task pane on the left.


Slide Sorter view: Miniature slides are arranged on the screen in this view. You can drag and drop slides easily to reorder them, and you can see more slides at one time. This is a good view to use to confirm that you have all the necessary slides and that none have been deleted.

 Sorter View

Slide Show view: This view fills the computer screen with a slide and is what the audience will see when they view the presentation. The Slide Show view has an additional menu that allows you to navigate the slides, as well as other features you can use during a presentation.

Slide Show View

Use the arrow keys, Page Up and Page Down keys, spacebar, and Enter key to move through the slides in Slide Show view. Press the Esc key to end a slide show.

The slide show menu

Arrows: The forward arrow displays the next slide, while the back arrow displays the previous slide.


Menu icon: Click the menu icon, and a menu appears that gives you the option to move to the next or previous slide, jump to a specific slide, change your screen options, or end the show.


Pen icon: Click the pen icon, and a menu appears that allows you to change your cursor to a ballpoint pen, felt-tip pen, or highlighter, as well as to choose the color of the pen. This allows you to annotate your slides and make notes while you present to an audience.


Notes Page view

The fourth view is Notes Page view. It is not one of the view commands included at the bottom of Normal view; however, it can be accessed from the View tab. Notes Page view provides a space for presentation notes, which are often called speaker notes. The notes can be added to the presentation from this view. You can enter your speaker notes directly into the text placeholder in Notes Page view, or while in Normal view you can enter your notes in the area below the slide.

To change to Notes Page view:

  • Select the View tab.
  • Locate the four view commands on the left side of the Presentation Views group.
All Views
  • Click Notes Page view.
Notes Page


You may want to print copies of your slides for the people who view your presentation or for yourself. There are three print options available from the Microsoft Office button menu: Print, Quick Print, and Print Preview.

Print Options

To use Print Preview:

  • Click the Microsoft Office button.
  • Select PrintactionPrint Preview. The presentation opens in Print Preview format.
Print Preview
  • From here, you can view each slide in grayscale, make decisions about whether to print the slides individually or as handouts, and choose various other options.
Print Preview

To print:

  • Click the Microsoft Office button.
  • Select PrintactionPrint. The Print dialog box appears.
  • Select the printer you want to use if you have more than one printer.
Printer Choice
  • Click Properties. From here, you can make choices on paper size and whether to print on both sides. These options vary from printer to printer.
  • Enter a print range.
    • Leave the default setting, All, selected, or click Slides.
    • The field beside it will become active, and you can enter the slide numbers of the slides you want to print.
Print Range
  • Decide what you want to print: slides, handouts, notes pages, or an outline.
    • Handouts print several slides per page. The default is six, but you can change it to three and have room for someone to take notes or set another amount of slides per page.
    • Choose horizontal or vertical slide layout, if given the option.
    • You can print Notes Pages if you typed speaker notes for the slides.
    • You can choose to print in grayscale or color.
Print Range
  • Choose the number of copies to print.
  • Click OK.


Use the Workshop presentation or any other PowerPoint presentation you choose to complete this challenge.

  • Open a presentation.
  • View it in Normal view.
  • View it in Slide Sorter view.
  • View it in Slide Show view.
  • View it in Notes Page view.
  • Print the slides as handouts with six slides to a page.