What Is a PowerPoint Deck?

In PowerPoint, a deck is another name for the series of slides that make up your presentation file. When you create a presentation, you start with a single slide and then add others, ultimately building a deck of slides that contains all your information. The slide you're working on appears on the screen; the full deck appears as thumbnails on a task pane at the side of the screen. PowerPoint has a variety of slide layouts and designs, and it allows you to shuffle the order of slides in the deck.

Creating a PowerPoint Deck

Step

When you open PowerPoint, it shows a single white title slide by default. To change the presentation's design, apply a template theme.

Select a theme from the Design tab.
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Open the Design tab. To preview a theme, hover your mouse over a design. When you find a design you like, select it to apply it. PowerPoint applies the theme to the current slide and any new slides you add.

Select the arrow in the Variants area.
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To customize the template theme, go to the Variants area and select the down arrow.

Use Variants options to customize the template theme.
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Use the Colors, Fonts, Effects and Background Styles options to customize the theme. Select an option to apply the change.

Select the arrow by New Slide to open the slide menu.
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To add a slide to a deck, select the Home tab and then select the New Slide down arrow.

Select a layout for the slide you want to add.
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Choose a slide layout from the list to insert the new slide.

Organizing a PowerPoint Deck

To change the order of slides, use the Slide Sorter tool or rearrange them in the thumbnail task pane.

Shuffle the Deck in Slide Sorter

Step

Open the View tab and select Slide Sorter. All the slides appear on the screen in their current order.

Select Slide Sorter to open a sort view.
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Drag the slide to change its position in the presentation.
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Step

Select the slide you want to move and drag it to its new position. Repeat for any other slides you want to reposition.

Select Normal to close the Slide Sorter.
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Select the Normal button on the View tab to return to the regular presentation view.

Change Order in the Task Pane

Step

Select the thumbnail of the slide you want to move.

Select the slide you want to reposition.
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Drag the slide up or down in the list.
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Drag the slide to its new position.