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Slide Titles in PowerPoint

Each slide title in your PowerPoint presentation should have a clear, unique name so that it's distinguishable to screen reader users.

How to Add a Slide Title

In PowerPoint, the slide title is similar to your Heading Level 1 in Word: It should describe the main idea of the slide. Each slide in your PowerPoint should have its own unique title. As a screen reader user navigates through your thumbnail pane, the slide title should provide them with a general idea about the slide's content. 

To add a slide title in PowerPoint, you can either:

  1. Choose a Slide Layout that contains a title.
  2. Write a clear, unique name in the title placeholder.
    Screenshot of a PowerPoint slide with the placeholder text, 'Click to add title'.
    Example of a title placeholder.

Accessibility Checker and Slide Titles

Microsoft Accessibility Checker can catch if you have any slide titles missing. To fix the Missing Slide Title errors:

  1. Navigate to the Review tab and select Check Accessibility.
  2. In the Accessibility Checker pane, select one of the slides listed under Errors > Missing Slide Title.
    Screenshot of the Accessibility Checker in PowerPoint with the Error Missing Slide title for Slides 1 and 2.
  3. In the Accessibility tab, select Slide Title > Edit Slide Title.
  4. Write a clear, unique title for your slide.

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