PowerPoint Basics:
Slides Thumbnails

Title: Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101

Did you want: Working with Presentations: PowerPoint 2007,2010,2013,2016 or español

The Navigation Pane at the left of the PowerPoint 2002/03 window shows thumbnails of the Slides by default.


View: Normal with Slides

Icon: PowerPoint 2002 Normal view with Slides (thumbnails)

Where you are:
JegsWorks > Lessons > Presentations

Before you start...

Project 1: PowerPoint Basics
    Getting StartedTo subtopics
    Interface Arrow to Subtopics
      Views Arrow to Subtopics
        Icon: Step-by-StepSlide Pane
        Icon: Step-by-StepSlides Thumbnails
        Icon: Step-by-StepOutline
        Icon: Step-by-StepNotes
        Icon: Step-by-StepSlide Sorter
        Icon: Step-by-StepSlide Show
        Icon: Step-by-StepPrint Preview
        Icon: Step-by-StepMasters
      Task Pane
      Smart Tags
    CreateTo subtopics
    PrintingTo subtopics
    ExercisesTo subtopics

Project 2: PowerPoint FormattingTo subtopics

Project 3: Advanced PowerPoint To subtopics


Slide Thumbnails in Navigation Pane

What can you do with slide thumbnails?

  • Select a slide, which will then display in the Slide Pane.
  • Change the order of the slides by dragging thumbnail.
  • Select multiple slides to copy, move, or delete.
  • Run slide animations from icon Icon: Animation.

What can you not do with slide thumbnails?
    (Use Outline or Slide Pane instead.)

  • Edit or format text on slides.
  • Change the order of bullet points on slides.
  • Move text to a different slide.

Navigation Tabs

You can switch between Outline and Slides by clicking the tab at the top of the Navigation Pane. The tabs will show either words or icons, depending on the size of the window.

Tabs: Navigation Pane - text

Text labels in large windows.

Tabs: Navigation Pane - icons

Icon labels in small windows.

Icon Step-by-Step

Step-by-Step:Slide Thumbnails 

 Icon Step-by-Step

What you will learn:

to change which slide is shown in the Slide Pane
to run animation
to change order of slides
to switch to Outline view

Start with:Icon: Class disk, issues.ppt from your Class disk

Slides: Switch Slide Shown in Slide Pane

  1. issues.ppt in Normal view with Slides thumbnailsIf necessary, open issues.ppt again. (It should be in a Recent Files list.)
  2. If necessary, click on the Slides tab in the Navigation Pane to show the thumbnails of slides.
  3. Click on each of the slide thumbnails in turn. The slide shown in the Slide Pane changes to match. Easy navigation!
  4. Click on the Slide #1 again.

Slides: Run Animation

  1. Click animation icon by slide thumbnail to run the animationClick on the animation icon below the number 1 by the thumbnail of Slide #1. In the Slide Pane to the right, the custom animation plays - Subtitle moves onto the screen from below.
  2. Repeat for each slide:
    Click on the animation icon and observe the motion in the Slide Pane.
    In this presentation, all of the animations are different. Don't do that in a real presentation! It's bad design.

Slides: Change Slide Order: Drag

  1. Click on the thumbnail of Slide #3: Privacy. A dark blue border surrounds the thumbnail and the slide is shown in the Slide Pane.
  2. Drag the thumbnail up. A line between thumbnails shows where the slide will be positioned if you drop.
  3. When the drop line is between slides 1 and 2, drop. The thumbnail is moved and the slides are now in a new order.
    Line shows where new position of slide will be.

    Position line shows where
    thumbnail will be if dropped

    Slides in new order

    Privacy is now Slide #2
    instead of #3

  4. Undo your change.

Switch to Outline

  1. In the Navigation Pane, click on the Outline tab. The view in the pane changes to show the outline of the presentation. The Navigation Pane widens to show more of the outline text.

Selecting a slide in the outline displays the slide in the Slide Pane.


  1. Icon: Class diskFrom the File menu select Save . (Be sure your Class disk is still in the drive.) [issues.ppt]