Is There Any Way to Shuffle Slides in PowerPoint?

By Filonia LeChat

PowerPoint requires manual shuffling of its slide
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Although on-screen PowerPoint’s digital slides look similar in shape to playing cards, they don’t have the exact same ability to be shuffled. While this will save you a game of 52 Pick Up, it means a slight restriction on flexibility when you want to change or randomize your presentation. There’s a workaround on one of PowerPoint’s ribbons that you can use to ensure different employees get a different hiring test or that customers view products in a different order. You can also just try out several ways to present your slides before actually making the big presentation.

Launch PowerPoint and open the presentation with the slides to shuffle.

Click the “View” tab.

Click the “Slide Sorter.” Depending on how large your presentation is, your slide deck will appear in columns and rows with smaller versions of the slides depicted, with a gray background. They are ordered linearly from left to right in rows.

Click one slide. Press and hold down the left mouse button and drag and drop it in a new place in the deck. This is your manual version of shuffling. The slides adjust to their new order.

Click another slide and drag and drop it into place. Continue until you have shuffled the order to your preferences.

Resave the presentation with a new name. It’s a little easy to try to close the program and say “Yes” to Microsoft’s Save prompt, or to press “Ctrl-S” yourself, but you don’t want to overwrite the presentation’s original, pre-shuffling order. Rename the slideshow file via the File tab’s “Save As” option, select where to save it and click the “Save” button.