How to insert an index in a powerpoint

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How to insert an index in a powerpoint
Skip from slide to slide in mid-presentation with an index. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Versions of PowerPoint prior to 2007 allowed you to create a summary slide or table of contents that would collect the titles from all of the slides in the presentation. Microsoft Office 2007 and later does not support that feature in PowerPoint, but you can put together an index of the slide titles manually with just a bit of copy-and-paste work. Additionally, you can create links from the index to each of the slides in the index to make it easy to navigate around the presentation.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click on the "Home" tab and then click on the "New Slide" button. Drag the new slide in the list on the left and drop it in the location you want your index. Click on the title placeholder and type: "Index."

  2. 2

    Click on the first slide that you want to index. Highlight the slide title and press "Ctrl+C" on the keyboard to copy the text. Click back to the Index slide and click in the text box underneath the title. Press "Ctrl+V" on your keyboard to past in the title of the first slide. Press "Enter" to get to the next line. Repeat the process for each slide title that you want in the index.

  3. 3

    Select the index slide. Highlight the text for the first entry in the index. Click the "Insert" tab and then click "Action." Choose "Hyperlink" from the list of radio-buttons. Select "Slide..." from the drop-down list under "Hyperlink." Select the slide title from the list of slides. Repeat this process for all the slide titles. Now during the slideshow whenever you click on the listing in the index you will jump to that slide.

  4. 4

    Click on the first slide in your presentation -- that's not the index slide. Click "Insert" then click on "Shapes" and choose the house icon shape in the "Action Buttons" section. Click and drag to draw the house icon on your slide where it will be accessible yet out of the way, for example, in the lower right corner. Click on the drop-down menu under "Hyperlink" in the dialogue box that appears and select the location of your index slide from the list. For example, if your index is the first slide, choose "First Slide."

  5. 5

    Right-click the house icon action button and choose "Copy." Click to the next slide in your PowerPoint and press "Ctrl+V" on your keyboard to paste the action button on the next slide. Repeat for all the slides in the index. Now clicking on the action button from any slide will return you to the index and clicking on any entry in the index will take you to the slide with that title.

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