Using the agenda element you can manage the agenda of your presentation, create a table of contents and add or rearrange individual chapters. All agenda slides are automatically kept in sync as you edit the presentation.
To start a new chapter of your presentation, choose Chapter from the Elements menu. A new slide is inserted after the current slide which contains a new line “Chapter”. The new line is selected, so you can immediately type the name of the new chapter, overwriting the placeholder text. The new slide is by default titled “Agenda” which can be changed if desired (see Role Model).
When editing the agenda, you can also select a chapter heading and press Alt+Insert. This will insert a new chapter after the one currently selected.
While editing an agenda slide you can change the order of chapters using the following methods:
If you move a chapter, slides belonging to that chapter are moved along, i.e., all slides between the agenda slide of the moved chapter and the agenda slide of the following chapter.
In the slide sorter view you can reorder agenda slides or copy, paste and duplicate them in the same manner as normal slides. If you change the order of chapters, all agenda slides are updated accordingly.
The agenda element is centered on the slide if you do not change the placement. To move it, you can lock the top, bottom, left or right edge to a specific position.
For example, if a logo or image is displayed on the left side of every agenda slide, you can lock the left edge to leave enough space between logo and agenda and the agenda element will grow to the right to accommodate longer chapter headings. You should choose the correct agenda placement after inserting the first chapter slide, as subsequent chapter slides will then use the same placement automatically.
First, you need to select the whole agenda element. Position the mouse pointer so that all chapter headings are surrounded by an orange boundary and click once. Alternatively, use PowerPoint’s lasso selection to include all chapter headings. Afterwards, the whole agenda is highlighted with a blue boundary and every edge shows three handles: at both ends and in the center.
With the agenda element handles showing, you place the agenda by dragging one of the handles to the desired position along one of PowerPoint’s rulers. Drag one of the handles and a drag target appears at a position along, but slightly to the right of the left ruler or slightly below the top ruler. When you move the mouse to this position a red helper line and a lock icon will appear while dragging along the ruler. Once you release the mouse button, the edge is locked at that position.
The size of the agenda element is always determined dynamically, depending on the length and number of chapter headings. Therefore, you should lock two edges of the agenda element at most, so that in can grow and shrink by placing the other edges dynamically.
To change the position of a locked edge, drag the lock icon to another position. To unlock an edge and let think-cell place the agenda automatically again, simply drag the lock icon away from the ruler.
The chapter hierarchy is determined by text levels. PowerPoint provides several ways to change these. You can use PowerPoint’s buttons for increasing and decreasing the list level or hold down Shift+Alt and use the arrow keys ← and →.
Lower-level chapters will only be shown on chapter slides of the same level and on the slide of the parent chapter. If a chapter with hidden sub-chapters is selected, a marker is shown below the beginning of the heading text. Clicking this double arrow takes you to the first chapter slide that shows the hidden sub-chapters.
Agenda slides will be hidden during the slide show if there are no slides between a chapter and its first sub-chapter, i.e., the main chapter does not have content of its own. This avoids having to fast-forward chapter slides until you reach the actual content during slide shows. It is achieved by automatically setting PowerPoint’s “Hide Slide” attribute.
For example, when a chapter “A” contains a sub-chapter “A1”, and there are no content slides between the agenda slides for “A” and “A1”, then the agenda slide for “A” is automatically set to “hidden” in PowerPoint. Similarly, when the condition no longer holds, the slide is automatically “unhidden” in PowerPoint.
During slide shows, a displayed slide number will jump whenever a hidden agenda slide is omitted. To prevent this, choose Remove Hidden Agenda Slides from the context menu of any chapter heading to remove all such slides from the presentation. To add content between a removed chapter slide and the first sub-chapter slide, choose Insert Hidden Agenda Slides and navigate to the desired location in the presentation.
It is possible to split the presentation into multiple sections, each with its own agenda. To do this, go to the first slide of the second section and choose Split Agenda from the Elements menu. A slide can be identified as a splitter slide by a marker in its top left corner.
Chapters after a splitter are not included in agenda slides before the splitter and vice versa. The different sections in the presentation have independent agendas.
Typically, a splitter is used to separate a backup section from the main part of the presentation. In this case, usually the backup section has it’s own title slide, which just says “Backup” (with no agenda or overview on it). This is where the agenda splitter should be placed. The chapters after this slide do not appear on agenda slides at the beginning of the presentation and the backup slides are not moved along when moving the last chapter of the main part of the presentation.
Note: If you place the agenda splitter on the first agenda slide in the backup, the splitter would be moved along if you move this chapter later and would also be duplicated if you duplicate the agenda slide.
To add a slide showing all top-level chapters without any highlighting, choose Table of Contents from the Elements menu. If you have not yet defined any chapters, the slide will be empty, and will be populated when you add chapters. An example is shown below:
If the presentation already contains chapter slides, the contents slide will be inserted before the first chapter slide. If there are no chapter slides yet, an empty contents slide will be inserted after the current slide. Simply use PowerPoint’s slide sorter view to move it to the desired position.
When a chapter heading is selected, the floating toolbar offers controls for changing the font size and style (see Font), the fill (see Color and fill) and the style of the outline (see Line style). When an outline is used, you can also change its color.
The styling of a chapter heading is used for all chapters of the same type. For example, if you assign a blue fill and dashed outline to a highlighted top-level chapter heading, all other highlighted top-level chapters will be styled in the same way.
When styling the agenda, think-cell differentiates between the following types:
You can use all four arrow keys for chapter shortcuts: Shift+Alt and ↑ ↓ for reordering chapters and Shift+Alt and ← → for changing the hierarchy level.
In slide view, double-clicking a chapter heading takes you to the associated agenda slide. A single click accomplishes the same during a slide show.
Selecting a chapter heading and changing the font size and style using the floating toolbar applies the same change to all other chapters of the same type. However, selecting part of the chapter heading text and using PowerPoint’s controls, e.g. for italicizing a proper name, will change this chapter’s text on all agenda slides but will not affect other chapters.
When the second and any subsequent agenda slide is inserted in a presentation, it is created as a copy of the closest existing agenda slide, including shapes on the slide and the master setting. Thus, if the user has applied a specific slide master or custom layout to an agenda slide, this setting is inherited by all agenda slides that are created later.