Panel of scene contents in Normal View - make vertical?

Jul 23, 2012

I have a series of slides in a scene, currently they have no triggers, so the left hand nav panel in Normal View is not having to work to show links between them. Yet the display of slides is horizontal (entirely unhelpful as the panel is thin and tall). is there a way to switch this panel to a vertical list of slide thumbs, as in PowerPoint?


8 Replies
Igor Belyaev

Dear support, is there any point in arranging slides horizontally on the scene panel if you remove all standard transition triggers in the player?

It would be convenient to use a vertical panel in a vertical direction. I think most developers make custom buttons and player menus and don't use the built-in player of the program. 

Walt Hamilton

If you replace the standard transition triggers with custom triggers, the thumbnails will line up vertically. The main purpose of that panel is to show the relationship between slides that the triggers create, thus showing the flow of the project from slide to slide.

So yes, if there is no flow from one to the next, it makes sense that they show up on the hierarchical chart as equals (horizontally).

Igor Belyaev

Hello Walt

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

But the fact is that the slides are numbered and, in the absence of triggers, they can calmly line up vertically. The built-in transition trigger does not clean up the hierarchy either, nor does the "absence" of triggers at all.

In addition, custom triggers are usually done on slide master, this is the normal way. The program could also pay attention to this )

There was an idea to make crutches: to enable temporary triggers for swipe. Then the standard buttons do not appear in the player, but the slides are rearranged ... True, a slide with a question knocks this flow down )

Jennifer Knott

Thank you all for bringing this up. I am facing the same issue today. That being the slides line up horizontally if there is no relationship between them. That means, even if I want to have separate slides that do not interact, I still have to create a link between them. Can something be done about this behavior so that we can choose to have slides line up vertically? It is impossible to work with tiny icons and navigate around in the extremely narrow slide panel without this option.

Judy Nollet

Here's a related thread: 

As I commented in that one, you can undock the Scenes panel, and then resize and reposition it as desired. So if your slides aren't linked and, therefore, appear horizontally (as per the standard flow layout), you could adjust the undocked Scenes panel so it's wide instead of long.