PowerPoint: Facing Pages

Facing Pages are special slides that will always be printed on the back of your pages when doing two-side printing (see ex below). They allow you to make use of those blank pages when you need them. For instance they can help you illustrate data by showing a chart next to it, while avoiding to clutter a single slide with too much information.

To work with these pages, you will need to use three buttons on the UpSlide ribbon.

Add a facing page

This button allows you to add a facing page at the current location.

  • If a slide is selected, the facing page will be inserted just before it.
  • If several slides are selected, a facing page will be inserted before each of them.
  • You can also insert a facing page between slides by positioning the cursor in the Thumbnail pane.

To help you keep track of the facing pages, a shape is displayed on the left side of your slide (see picture below). The shape is located outside of the print zone, so there is no need to delete it.


Create a print version

Once your presentation is ready, you have to click this button to make full use of the facing pages.

It will create a copy of your current presentation, and make all the necessary modifications to make it ready for printing: refresh the table of content, add blank pages where there is no facing page, renumber the slides, etc...

The print version is marked as final because it should never be modified directly (for example, updating the table of content of the print version will completely mess up the numbering).


Print Settings

This button gives you access to the Facing Pages setting panel. There, you will find various options to customize the way the print version is created (each has a tool tip describing its impact):

  • Remove redundant dividers: if checked, UpSlide will delete any section divider immediately followed by a subsection divider. This is very useful if your subsection dividers have the same content as your sections.
  • Two side printing: if checked, UpSlide will insert empty facing pages between before all the slides which do not have a facing. If you did not check this option, there is no point in using facing pages. However, It can be useful if you just want to use the print version to remove redundant dividers.
  • Facing pages default layout: with this option, you can choose the layout used by default for facing pages among the available layouts in the slide master (if a layout named "Facing" is found, it is selected by default).
  • Use a layout for auto-generated pages: by default, blank pages will be inserted in the print version to allow two side printing. With this option, you can assign a layout to these pages (for example with a logo or a different background).


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