Reading Order in PowerPoint

Reading order in some applications is automatic. For example, in a Word document, a screen reader will read all text and other items on the page, going from top to bottom and left to right. In PowerPoint, the reading order is not automatic. The content creator must check and set the reading order manually so that the information reads in a meaningful sequence.

Reading order pane

The following video will explain more about reading order, why it is needed and how to set it correctly.

Selection pane

Most people will not need to use this method. If you are using an older version of PowerPoint, you may not have the reading order pane available to you. Only if this is the case, you should use the selection pane, as shown in the following video.