How to Select More Than One Slide in PowerPoint

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In PowerPoint, there are three options when you want to select a group of slides to apply formatting, such as an animation effect or a slide transition to all of them. To select a group, either switch to Slide Sorter view by clicking on the View tab or use the Slides Pane at the left of the screen. Toggle between these two views using the icons on the status bar at the bottom of the screen.

Select All Slides

How you select all slides differs slightly depending on whether you are using the Slide Sorter or the Slides Pane.

  • In Slide Sorter view, hold the Shift key and click on the first slide. All slides are selected.
  • In the Slides Pane, click the first slide, press the Shift key and then click on the last slide to select all slides.

Select a Group of Consecutive Slides

  1. Click the first slide in the group of slides that you are wanting to format.

  2. Hold the Shift key and click on the last slide you want to include in the group. This will include the first slide and the last slide you selected as well as all of the slides in between the two.

You can also select consecutive slides by holding down your mouse button and dragging across the slides you want to select.

Select Non-Consecutive Slides

  1. Click the first slide in the group you want to select. It doesn't have to be the first slide of the presentation.

  2. Hold the Ctrl key (Command key on Macs) while you click on each specific slide that you want to select. They can be chosen in random order.

Slide Sorter View

In the Slide Sorter view, you can rearrange, delete, or duplicate your slides. You can also see any hidden slides. In Slide Sorter view there are many applicable options. You can:

  • Drag a slide from one position to another
  • Delete a slide by clicking on it and pressing Delete on your keyboard
  • Copy a slide by clicking on it and pressing the Ctrl+C shortcut key combination or by choosing the Copy button in the Clipboard group of the Home tab of the ribbon
  • Paste a copied slide by clicking at the desired insertion point by pressing the Ctrl+V shortcut key combination or by choosing the Paste button in the Clipboard group of Home tab of the ribbon
  • Adjust the timing of the selected slides
  • Control the transition effects on the selected slides