How to Create a Table of Contents for a PowerPoint Presentation

By Kevin Lee

An informative table of contents can give your audience a visual overview that shows an overview of every slide in a PowerPoint presentation. You can create one adding lines of text to a blank slide and making it the first one in your presentation. Each line of text describes one of your slides. You can also make the TOC interactive by converting each line item into a hyperlink. You can then click any TOC item and jump to the slide associated with that item.

Create Table of Contents

Step 1

Open a PowerPoint presentation, click "Home" and then click the arrow below “New Slide.” PowerPoint displays thumbnail images of available slide types. Click “Title and Content” to add a “Title and Content” slide to the presentation.

Step 2

Move to the Thumbnails Pane to view thumbnail images of your slides. Click and drag the new slide to the top of the pane so that it becomes the first slide. Click that slide to make it active and you’ll see a larger representation of it in the slide pane. That slide has two sections.

Step 3

Click inside the slide’s top section and type “Table of Contents.” Click inside the bottom section and type text that describes the presentation’s first slide. The first slide is the one that follows your table of contents. Press “Enter” after you type the text and PowerPoint creates a new line below the previous one. Type the text that describes the presentation’s second slide.

Step 4

Repeat this process until you have created a TOC containing lines of text where each line describes one of the presentation’s slides. When you’re done, your TOC may look similar to the example shown below: Table of Contents • Introduction • Company History • Product Catalog

Make Table of Contents Items Interactive

Step 1

Highlight the first item in your TOC. For instance, if you created one that looks like the example in the previous section, you would highlight "Introduction."

Step 2

Click “Insert” followed by “Hyperlink” to open the Insert Hyperlink window. Click “Place in This Document” and review the line items in the Slide Titles section that appears. Each item represents the title of one of your slides. For example, if the title of the first slide after the TOC is “Introduction,” you’ll see that in the list.

Step 3

Click the item you want to associate with the text you highlighted and then click “OK.” PowerPoint converts the text you highlighted into a hyperlink that’s associated with the slide you selected in the Insert Hyperlink window.

Step 4

Repeat this process for all items in your TOC. For instance, if the second item is Company History, highlight that text, click “Insert” and then click “Hyperlink” to reopen the Insert Hyperlink window. Click “Place in This Document” followed by the slide title you’d like to associate with that TOC item.

Step 5

Save your Presentation and press "F5" to preview it. The TOC appears. Click any item in the TOC to jump to the slide associated with that item.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make the TOC slide look more professional by highlighting the text you typed in the slide’s top section, clicking “Home” and then pressing “Ctrl-E” to center the text.
  • Make the TOC more useful by adding a hyperlink to each slide that takes you back to the TOC when you click it. Simply type “Return to TOC” somewhere in any slide, highlight that text and click “Hyperlink.” When the Insert Hyperlink window opens, click “Place in This Document” and then click the first item in the Slide Titles section. That item will be “Table of Contents” unless you change that text to something else. Click “OK” to save your changes. After you add this hyperlink to all of the slides, you can jump from the TOC to any slide and then back to the TOC instantly by clicking the links.
  • Information in this article applies to Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.