If your slideshow is very long, chapters can help to structure your slideshow into logical parts. Chapters offer several benefits during authoring and playback, they include:

  • Chapters can be collapsed or expanded in the Storyboard. Collapsing chapters that you are not currently working on saves a lot of horizontal space and thus less horizontal scrolling is required.
  • Chapters can have custom background colors. Color coding your chapters help with quick navigation as you are working on large projects. Instead of looking for particular thumbnails as you are scrolling through your Storyboard, simply look for the correct chapter background color. You can assign colors based on the status of the chapters: Red for “needs work”, yellow for “minor tweaks”, and green for “done”.
  • During playback you can jump to the start of the previous or next chapter.

Adding a Chapter

  • Move the Playhead in the Storyboard or Timeline to the first slide of the intended new chapter.
  • Select Add… from the Chapter submenu of the Slideshow menu.
  • Optionally you can also right click on the Storyboard background to and select the same menu command from the context menu.
  • In the popover that appears, enter the chapter name and then press the ⏎ key

Deleting a Chapter

  • Move the Playhead in the Storyboard or Timeline to the first slide of the chapter.
  • Select Remove from the Chapter submenu of the Slideshow menu.
  • Optionally you can also right click on the Storyboard background to and select the same menu command from the context menu.

Chapter Color

  • Move the Playhead in the Storyboard or Timeline to the first slide of the chapter.
  • Select Options… from the Chapter submenu of the Slideshow menu.
  • Select the desired chapter color

Select Chapter > Options… from the Slideshow menu or Control+click from the context menu. A popover opens that lets you edit additional chapter parameters.
Click a color to assign to the chapter. The color is displayed in the slide background.

Collapsing & Expanding Chapters

You can collapse a chapter, to take up less horizontal space, so that less scrolling is required to move around in your slideshow. You can also expand a chapter that you are currently working on, to easily focus on a specific chapter.

To collapse a chapter, click on the disclosure triangle next to the chapter name. If you press the ⌥ key and click on the disclosure triangle all chapters will collapse at once.

To expand the chapter, click on the disclosure triangle again.

To collapse a chapter, click on the disclosure triangle next to the chapter name.

Chapter Navigation

To quickly navigate between chapters you can:

  • Select a chapter name from the Chapter submenu of the Slideshow menu.
  • Press ⌥→ to move to the start of the next chapter
  • Press ⌥← to move to the start of the previous chapter