Modified on Sun, 10 Dec 2023 at 08:23 PM

The Agenda builder is one of the most powerful features in Power-user. This tool helps you work your storytelling and automatically structure your presentation with table of content pages that can be easily updated.

Video tutorial for creating Agenda pages automatically in PowerPoint using Power-user

Note: this video is not completely up to date and doesn't always reflect the current interface to edit the Agenda.


Benefits of using the Agenda

The importance of having an agenda to structure a presentation 

Any good business presentation needs to be properly structured. Organizing a presentation is as important as its content, because a presentation is a demonstration. People need to follow the logic of the presentation to be convinced and adhere to the demonstration. A presentation's structure can be built using the Minto Pyramid Principle, a very famous methodology developped for McKinsey strategy consultants. 

Agenda pages are a key part of this presentation structure. They give an overview of the content of the presentation and how it's organized. A table of content usually lists all indexed sections in the presentation with the corresponding page number.

Very often, these pages are repeated at the beginning of each section in the presentation, with a highlight on the next section. This helps people understand which section have been seen already, what comes next, and how it is part of the bigger demonstration.

Creating agenda pages manually is a highly time-consuming process

In Microsoft Word, users can generate table of contents automatically. But unfortunately, Microsoft PowerPoint doesn't come with an equivalent feature. 

So a typical PowerPoint user will have to create agenda pages manually. This means designing a slide listing section numbers, section names, page numbers, etc. Then this page is usually duplicated for each section of the presentation, and each of these pages is modified to show a highlight on the next section it is introducing. 

Not only can it be quite long to design and add highlights to all these pages, but it is also very long to update them. If a new section is added, all the existing shapes on the slide will need to be moved, aligned and distributed again. The section numbers and page numbers will also change. And these changes will need to be again replicated on all the agenda pages in the entire presentation. So if you have 10 sections already, it means you will have to replicate all your changes 10x, something that can a huge amount of time.

About the Power-user Agenda

With Power-user, you can create, design and update agenda pages automatically in your entire presentation:

  • Simply list your sections once,
  • Easily edit section names and slide titles to build a compelling storyline for your audience,
  • Select your preferred visual style, switch between using a table of content or a divider format, and easily customize the agenda pages with your colors, numbering style, etc,
  • Whenever there are changes to your structure, update all the agenda pages at once with just 1 click!

This feature can save you 20 min every time you have to update the agenda for your presentation, while ensuring it's always up to date and error-free.

Power-user l Agenda builder to create table of content pages automatically in PowerPoint 

How to create an Agenda with Power-user

Opening the Agenda

From the Power-user tab, click the Agenda button located at the center of the ribbon, under the Format menu. 

Power-user l Open Agenda

Once you have clicked Agenda, Power-user will open the below task pane at the right of your screen, like shown below:Power-user l Agenda pane

Creating the Agenda structure

From the Agenda task pane shown above, you can create the presentation for your agenda. The pane lists all your sections and slide titles, and lets you structure them: 

  • Click the green "+" sign to add a new section.
  • Click a section name in the list to rename it or use the Rename button from the menu on the top. 
  • Increase or decrease indent to to have sections and sub-sections.
  • Move your slides and sections up or down with the up/down arrows.

Power-user l Creating the Agenda structure


We recommend using this pane for working on your storytelling first. You can make sure that your section names are consistent with your slide titles, and that the all presentation will unfold in a natural and compelling way to convince your audience.

Once you are happy with your presentation structure, click Update at the bottom of the pane. Power-user will create any missing agenda page in the presentation, and update all existing pages. 

Customizing the Agenda design

Customizing Table of Content slides

Once you have created a default table of content, you will want to customize it to match your own brand and style.

Each type of item can be edited separately, so that you have complete flexibility in terms of what to do for section numbers, section names and slide numbers, for both inactive sections and for the highlighted section. 

To edit an item of the agenda page, just click it and edit with the usual PowerPoint interface. You can change colors, font sizes, add bold/italic/underline, change the text margins or the shape types and a lot more so that this item looks exactly how you need it. 

Once an item it ready, just click "Apply to all" from the contextual menu on that shape to reflect these changes on all similar objects for all your agenda pages.

Apply changes to all similar items on your Agenda page

Below are a few examples of custom Table of Content pages which users can create and udpate automatically with the Power-user Agenda.

Power-user automatic agenda builder - examples of table of content slides

Customizing Dividers 

If you are opting for Dividers instead of repeating the entire table of content on each agenda page, you can also customize how these Dividers should look.

Similarly as for Table of Content pages, you can edit the appearance of the items on the slide (the section number, the section name or decorative shapes). You can also directly position these shapes where you want them on the slide.

Then click "Apply to all" so that your changes are reflected on every Divider slide.

Below are some examples of Dividers you can generate automatically.

Power-user automatic agenda builder - examples of dividers slides

Other design options

Click the Design tab of the Agenda pane to access the options for customizing the Agenda design:

Power-user l Agenda Design tab 

From here you can:

  • Switch between using a Table of content format at the beginning of each section, or just Dividers.
  • Customize the style of the Tables of content (see below).
  • Add or remove a Cover page at the beginning of the presentation, which is an additional table of content slide, without highlight on any specific section.
  • Add or remove slide numbers on your agenda pages.
  • Add or remove section numbers on your agenda pages.
  • Customize the style of the section numbers, for instance 1) 2) 3), or I, II, III, or A, B, C. You can edit the style for each level of section.
  • Customize the title of the agenda pages. It can show an identical text on all agenda pages (for instance, "Agenda"), or show the name of each section.
  • Change the position of the agenda on the slide. You can customize the top/left/right/bottom margins to place the agenda exactly where you need it to be.

Once you have made your changes, click Update to apply them in the presentation. 

Selecting a style for a Table of content 

You can customize how your Table of content agenda pages should look, in order to match your brand as much as possible. Not all Table of content has to be tabular, and you can add an offset or make the table of content circular by changing the Style

From the Design tab, next to Table of content, click the Style button. The following window will show the different styles available:

Power-user Agenda l Table of content styles

Click the style of your choice, or use the star in the top-right corner to make it your favorite permanently (and the default style in the future).

Click Update to apply the new style to the presentation automatically.

Customizing the layout for Agenda pages

All slides are based on the layout from the Slide Master, so when an Agenda page is created, Power-user will initially use a layout by default. 

You may want to actually change which layout to use for Table of Content pages or Dividers. Using the right layout willa llow you to immediately have the size and position for your titles, logos and other items. 

To customize the layout, prepare the layout of your choice in the Master View. Then right-click a slide, and choose Set as Agenda layout or Set as Divider layout

Power-user l Set as Agenda or Divider layout

This will tell Power-user to always use this layout for when you create or update agenda pages.

We recommend admins to choose a corporate layout, and click Set as Agenda layout in their corporate master before releasing the master to all their users.

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