Reading Order in PowerPoint

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Reading Order

Because of how PowerPoint renders content, it is possible that users with a screen reader can read your content in a different order then what is visually displayed. This is called Reading Order, which is the order in which content is actually read to a user.

You can easily change the reading order by following these steps:

  1. Click on “Home“, then click on “Arrange” (Layout for Mac) and select the “Selection Pane“.
  2. Check your reading order using the selection pane. Items on the bottom of the list are read first.

Screenshot of the process for changing Reading Order in PowerPoint

Please view the following video tutorial from Diablo Valley College that discusses how to modify reading order in PowerPoint:


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