How Do I Work with Slide Shows in Mathematica?
With the release of Mathematica
4.2, Wolfram Research
introduced a new slide show functionality. It is now possible to
present Mathematica notebook content in a presentation format
that allows the presenter to advance to the next slide or to go back to the
previous slide simply by clicking an arrow at the top of the
notebook. The first step to creating a slide show in
Mathematica is to open the Slide Show palette.
This palette can be found through the Mathematica Help
Browser under Other Information -> Style Sheets -> Working with Slide
Shows. There is also a stand-alone
version that can be downloaded.
Creating and Navigating Slide Shows
Once the palette is open, click the Create Template button on
the palette to create a new notebook with three "slides" in
it. The notebook is presented in the Authoring Environment style by
To see the template in the slide show environment, click the
Slide Environment button on the palette. While in this environment, the
slide can be advanced by clicking one of the arrows at the top of the
As with any Mathematica notebook, this notebook can be
edited. In the Authoring Environment, all of the slides are visible
in the window and can be edited. In the Slide Environment, only the
current slide can be edited.
Slides can be added anywhere in the Authoring Environment, just
as a new cell can be created anywhere in a notebook. To add a new
slide, place the cell insertion bar at the location where the new
slide is to be added. Once the location is chosen, click the
Insert New Slide button on the palette. The new slide will appear and
is ready to be edited.
In general, adding slides is as simple as pushing a palette button,
but there is one exception to this rule: when a slide is added to the
end of a slide show. Due to the way that the slide counter works, it
is necessary to indicate which slide is the last slide. In the
template slide show, the Section 3 slide is defined to be the last
slide. This is done through the use of a cell tag. To see this, use
your mouse to highlight the cell bracket of the first cell in the new
slide. Once the cell is selected, use the Find -> Add/Remove
Cell Tags... menu item to bring up a list of cell tags for this cell.
The image below shows the correct cell to highlight as well as the cell tag
window created by the menu item.
Once the cell tag window appears, type LastSlide into the Cell Tag
input field, and then click the Add button.
Now that the LastSlide tag has been added to the new slide, this same
tag needs to be removed from the Section 3 slide. This is done in a way similar
to the way the cell tag was added to the new slide. Highlight
the cell bracket for the first cell in the Section 3 slide. Use the
Find -> Add/Remove Cell Tags... menu item to bring up the list
of tags associated with this cell. In the middle input field, highlight
LastSlide and click the Remove button. Close the cell tag window.
If the counter still does not update the slide number correctly,
you can get the front end to update the counter by adding a cell to the
notebook. A good location is in New Slide. Place the cursor at
the bottom of that slide, and type any character; you can always remove
it later. This action should cause the counter to update.