How to Print with Speaker’s Notes in Powerpoint 2013

Last updated: January 28, 2019

Even if you have been working on a Powerpoint presentation for a very long time and know it by heart, it can be easy to forget something when you add in the pressure of public speaking. So it’s a good idea to use the speaker’s notes section that is available at the bottom of each slide and add some talking points that you want to make sure to cover as you present.

If you are going to print out a copy of your presentation so that you can follow along as you give the presentation, then it is helpful to include your speaker’s notes on the printed slide. Our guide below will show you the setting that you need to change on the Powerpoint 2013 print menu so that you print the speaker’s notes with the slides.

Quick Summary – How to Print Powerpoint with Notes

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Select the Print tab.
  3. Choose the Full Page Slides button.
  4. Click the Notes Pages option.

For more information, including pictures, continue to the section below.

Printing the Notes in Powerpoint 2013

The steps in the guide below will allow you to print the slides in your presentation, along with any speaker’s notes that you have added to the slide. The format that we will be selecting in this article will print one slide, along with its notes, on each page.

  1. Open your presentation in Powerpoint 2013.
  1. Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
click the File tab
  1. Click Print in the column at the left side of the window.
click print in the left column
  1. Click the button under the Slides field (the one that says Full Page Slides in the image below), then select the Notes option.
how to print speaker's notes in powerpoint 2013
  1. Click the Print button to print out your presentation with any speaker’s notes that you have added to the slides.

Additional Notes

  • The printouts that you create with this method are helpful not only for you, the presenter, but for your audience as well. Good handouts can help to create a more engaged audience.
  • If you don’t have any notes for a slide, then only the slide will print on that page of the document.
  • You can add notes to a slide by clicking in the field under the slide.
  • If you plan to create handouts with your speaker notes, then it is important that the content in the notes section is easy to understand. Your audience will evaluate the note content just as critically as the slide content if they are able to see the notes.

Do you need to share an individual slide from your presentation, but don’t want to send the entire presentation? Learn how to save a slide as an image in Powerpoint 2013 and send only that individual image file.

Are there slide numbers throughout your presentation, but they either detract from the appearance of your slides, or are incorrect? Find out how to remove slide numbers from a presentation in Powerpoint 2013.

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