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How to Hide and Unhide a Slide in PowerPoint

Make a slide appear and disappear in your presentation

what you need to know

  • When creating a presentation, use Normal or Slide Sorter view. Right click on a slide and select Hide Slide/Show the slide.
  • Windows: To show a hidden slide during a presentation, right-click and select See all slides or click See all slides. Choose the hidden slide.
  • On Mac, press H on the slide before the hide. Using Presenter View, click the hidden slide in the bottom navigation pane.

This article explains how to hide and show slides in Microsoft PowerPoint on Windows and Mac.

How to Hide a Slide in PowerPoint

You can hide a slide while creating or reviewing your presentation. The process is the same for PowerPoint on Windows and Mac.

Go to the To see tab and click Normal either slide sorter on the tape Right-click on the slide and choose hide slide, which marks the option. You can also select multiple slides at once and hide them all at once.

When you hide a slide in PowerPoint on Windows, the slide number is crossed out. Here you can see that slides 10, 11 and 12 are hidden.

Hidden slides in PowerPoint on Windows

When you hide a slide in PowerPoint on a Mac, it shows a crossed out circle. Again, you can see that slides 10-12 are hidden.

Hidden slides in PowerPoint on Mac

Show a hidden slide during a presentation

You can present a hidden slide during your presentation and resume your slideshow as usual. Although you have several ways to do it, the options differ slightly in PowerPoint on Windows compared to Mac.

Show a hidden slide in Windows

To show a hidden slide in PowerPoint on Windows, it will show all the slides in the presentation as thumbnails, and then choose the hidden one.

If your slideshow is full screen, right-click the current slide and select show all slides. Your audience will not see you perform this action. They will only see the hidden slide when you select it as described below.

View all slides in PowerPoint slide

If you’re using Presenter View, right-click the slide and select show all slides or click on the show all slides icon at the bottom left of the screen.

Show icon for all slides in Presenter View in PowerPoint

Once you see your slides as thumbnails using one of the actions above, simply select the hidden slide to present it.

Hidden slide in PowerPoint

Show a hidden slide on a Mac

There are two ways to show a hidden slide during a presentation in PowerPoint on a Mac. The option you use depends on whether you’re presenting the slide show full screen on all monitors or using Presenter view.

If your slideshow is full screen, tap H on your keyboard when you get to the slide prior to the hidden slide.

If you’re using Presenter view, click the hidden slide in the navigation pane at the bottom of the screen.

Hidden slide at the bottom of Presenter view in PowerPoint

show a slide

To view a slide while you’re working on your presentation, use Normal or Slide Sorter view. Right click on the slide and select hide slide to uncheck the option.

Hide slide in PowerPoint

You can hide slides based on audience, such as a presentation for different departments in your company. Either way, this is a useful PowerPoint feature to look out for.

frequent questions

  • How to hide parts of a slide in PowerPoint?

    You can hide and reveal text in PowerPoint using the Dim Text effect or PowerPoint animations. You can also hide slide numbers and crop images to hide parts you don’t want to appear on the slide.

  • How to hide slide pane in PowerPoint?

    To hide or shrink the left Slide panel in Normal view, move the mouse pointer over the divider bar between the thumbnails and Slide view, then drag the divider bar to the left.

  • How to hide the taskbar when playing a PowerPoint slide?

    To hide the toolbar while presenting in PowerPoint, go to Case > Choice > Advanced and uncheck Show context toolbar. To hide the sound icon, select the sound clip icon on the slide and choose Proofreading > Hide during the show.

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