How to add notes to Powerpoint

Presenting a long slideshow to an audience can be a challenging task. You must remember the finer details of each slide. Yet, it is easy to overcome this. PowerPoint allows adding notes to individual slides in an accessible format.

The notes will show up on the screen for you to read in the Presenter view, but will not be visible to the audience. You can still share the notes with your audience. Print the notes for sharing if you think that will benefit them.

Adding notes to PowerPoint slides is easy. Here’s how to do it.

How to add notes to Powerpoint

Step #1: Launch your presentation.

Launch your PowerPoint presentation

Step #2: Change the ribbon to View tab

Click on the View tab in the main toolbar at the top of the screen to change the ribbon.

Step #3: Change your presentation to Normal view

In the section Presentation Views, click on Normal and ensure the icon turns gray.

Step #4: Open the slide for adding notes

Click on the slide to which you want to add a note. PowerPoint brings the slide in view on the screen.

Step #5: Open the Notes area

Click on Notes at the bottom of the screen.

PowerPoint opens an area Click to add notes at the bottom of the screen.

You can also open the area Click to add notes by clicking on Notes in the Show section in the ribbon.

Step #6: Add the notes

Click inside the area Click to add notes and add your required notes.

Step #7: Stop adding notes

Click outside the area to stop adding notes.

Step #8: Repeat for other slides

Repeat Step #4-7 to add notes to any other slide.


The ability to add notes within individual slides in PowerPoint can be a great help. Especially when presenting your ideas to an audience.

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