Renaming Slide Titles

In the previous lesson, you learned how to modify how your course advances. This lesson focuses on appearances - menu appearances.

To generate the course Outline menu, Presenter uses the title text headings you create in PowerPoint. This works great for most courses, but there will be times when you need to customize the Outline without affecting the title text on your slides. That's where Slide Properties can help.

In this lesson, you'll learn to modify the Outline titles using Slide Properties.

If you're following along, I'm working in Lesson Files > Chapter_02 > Slide_Titles.pptx.

Here's an example of both Outline menus.  You'll notice that the slide titles match the outline titles.

There are times when the slide title text isn't the text you want to show up in the course outline.  In the example below, you can see that the PowerPoint slide title is the actual statute: 5 U.S.C. § 7323-§ 7326. That's not a warm and friendly title, is it? 

Using Slide Properties, you could modify the Outline menu to something more specific to the topical area, such as: The Hatch Act.

So what about blank slides or slides without text? Well, there are several ways to go about that, but the easiest way is to create the Outline title in Presenter's Slide Properties.

Open Slide Properties if it isn't already open from the previous step.

  1. In Slide 1's Navigation Title cell, double-click the current title, DIY Tire Changing
  2. Click-drag your cursor over the title to select it
  3. Type Introduction to change the title to Introduction

You can change as many Navigation Titles as you like. The title changes you make in Slide Properties won't affect the Title text in your PowerPoint slides – they only affect the Published titles in the Outline Menu.

As a best practice, it's most efficient to work from your PowerPoint slide titles when possible. We'll look at some other ways for modifying Outline titles and Title text in later lessons. For now, just know you can make changes from Slide Properties.

What's next?

Now that you know how to control course playback, we'll look at another common feature in Slide Properties: Slide Level hierarchy.

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