Scrolling panels are versatile space-savers. They let you display more content than would otherwise fit on a slide. Learners just scroll vertically to see the additional content.

Scrolling panels can contain text boxes, shapes, pictures, videos, buttons, and more. In fact, they can hold anything except other scrolling panels and objects that originate from slide master placeholders. Use them on slides, layers, and even slide masters.

Adding Scrolling Panels

  1. Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon and click Scrolling Panel.
  2. Click and drag on the slide or layer to draw your scrolling panel.

Tip: Sometimes it's helpful to draw the scrolling panel especially large at first, so it's easier to drop objects into it. You can resize it at any time by dragging its sizing handles.

Sizing and Moving Scrolling Panels

  • To resize a scrolling panel, drag any of its sizing handles.
  • To move a scrolling panel, drag it to a new location.

Tip: If you're having trouble selecting a scrolling panel without accidentally selecting an object inside it, select the scrolling panel in the timeline instead.

Adding Objects to Scrolling Panels

  1. If the object you want to add to a scrolling panel doesn't already exist, you'll need to add it to the slide first.
  2. Select the object and drag it over the scrolling panel.
  3. When your mouse is over the scrolling panel, release your mouse button to drop the object into it. If the object is taller or wider than the scrolling panel, part of it will be concealed by the boundary of the scrolling panel.

Note: Although you can add objects to a scrolling panel that are wider than the scrolling panel, there won't be a horizontal scroll bar. Scrolling panels only support vertical scrolling.

Removing Objects from Scrolling Panels

  1. Select an object that you want to remove from the scrolling panel.

    Tip: If you're having trouble selecting the right object, you might need to scroll the panel up or down to see its contents. Another option is to open the timeline and click the triangle next to the scrolling panel object to reveal its contents.
  2. Drag the object out of the scrolling panel and drop it on another part of the slide.

Formatting Scrolling Panels

Scrolling panels are transparent by default. The slide background and anything that's behind the scrolling panel will show through it. However, you can format scrolling panels with fills, outlines, and effects. Just select a scrolling panel, go to the Format tab on the ribbon, then do any of the following:

  1. Select a ready-made shape style.
  2. Choose your own Shape Fill, Shape Outline, and Shape Effect.
  3. Click the arrow in the lower right corner of the Shape Styles group to open the Format Shape window.

The colors available on the Format tab are controlled by your theme colors.