I'm creating lecture presentations in PowerPoint (2010) and would like to be able to exclude some of the slides from the lecture handouts. I would have thought there'd be a 'properties' tab for each slide, and I'd be able to select 'exclude from handout'. Apparently not.

I could just create a second PowerPoint with some of the slides deleted, but this becomes laborious if I decide to make last-minute changes to one of the slides, as I would then need to produce a new handout file. Furthermore, I would like my students to be able to print their own handouts from the PPT file if possible, so specifying a reduced page range when printing is impractical.

I know this is possible it TeX, but I am wedded to Microsoft as this is what the entire department uses.

Any ideas?

  • Just for clarification. You are not looking for this option: Powerpoint » Slides » Set up Slide Show » Show Slides » From XX to YY, right?
    – nixda
    Sep 13, 2013 at 11:07
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    No, my PowerPoint presentation will include all the slides; I just intend on excluding some of the slides from the handouts. Sep 13, 2013 at 12:58

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You can designate some slides as hidden. When a presentation includes hidden slides, there's an option to print or not print hidden slides in the print dialog box.

If you include all of your slides in a Custom Show and then in the Set Up Slide Show dialog, tell PPT to play the custom show rather than starting with slide 1, all of the slides, hidden ones included, will be displayed.

  • Thanks @Steve; this is close to what I'm looking for, but by hiding the slides, they won't show when I actually deliver the lecture, and the students would also have to manually select the 'no-print' option when creating their handouts... Oct 9, 2013 at 10:55
  • "by hiding the slides, they won't show when I actually deliver the lecture" ... no, not so. If you link to a custom show, the slides will appear, hidden or not. Same should be true of doing it as I described. Oct 9, 2013 at 23:17
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    Ah! Sorry, I completely glazed over the words 'Custom Show'. I didn't realise this was an option within PowerPoint (rather, I thought you were referring to a whole other PPT file). Looks like this is what I'm looking for. However, the 'hidden' slides remain hidden, even if I play the Custom Show. Do you know any way to get around this? Oct 11, 2013 at 17:05
  • You need to either tell PPT to play the custom show when you start the slide show (Slide Show | Set Up Show | Choose Custom Show under "Show slides") or put a link to the custom show on a visible slide. Oct 12, 2013 at 16:01
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    If your custom show begins with a non-hidden slide, then PPT won't show the rest of the hidden slides. If the first slide in the custom show is hidden, then PPT will play it and the remainder of the hidden slides. Oct 13, 2013 at 14:46

Make it the other way around. Create a new Custom SlideShow called NoAnimation. Add all slides except those used to animate. On the Print Screen select the Custom SlideShow you just created, which does NOT have the slides you want.

  • Also a nice suggestion, too bad Adobe's PDF export does not provide that option... Aug 17, 2016 at 9:15

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