How to Insert Section Headers in PowerPoint

By Filonia LeChat

A Microsoft PowerPoint presentation usually follows a linear progression from the first slide to the last, but just because users are going from start to finish doesn't mean you can't break up the slideshow. Using section headers helps divide information and let users know when topics are changing. With PowerPoint, section header slides are already created and ready in template format, waiting for you to drop them into your slide deck and customize.

Step 1

Open Microsoft PowerPoint and click the Office button in the upper left corner. Click "Open." Navigate to the presentation you want to insert the section headers into and double-click the file name. The presentation opens with the first slide showing in the main portion of the work area.

Step 2

Scroll or press the "PgDn" key to get to the first slide that should be after a section header. Click the "Home" tab if it is not already enabled.

Step 3

Click the drop-down arrow on the "New Slide" button.

Step 4

Select the "Section Header" slide, which is then inserted into the slide deck. If the new slide is inserted after the place it should be, click the section header slide on the slide deck on the left side of the screen and drag it into place.

Step 5

Click into the two placeholder text boxes on the section header slide and type the section header text. To remove a text box, click it once and press the "Delete" key on the keyboard.

Step 6

Repeat the process to add additional section header slides throughout the presentation.