How to Summarize a PPT?

It’s hard to summarise a PowerPoint presentation. So many slides, so much information! You have summarise small points of an idea, it will not gonna easy, right? 

The good news is that there are some handy tips to help you create a summary of your work. It’s not as difficult as it seems. 

In this article, we will share our top tips on how to summarise a PowerPoint presentation (PPT). However, first, you need to know the following to get a clear idea of what you are tackling. 

What is a summary?

A summary is a condensed version of something—usually a book, movie, article, or speech. It offers an overview of the main points and key takeaways in a concise form. Summaries are often used for purposes like increased understanding or getting up to date with what’s happening in the world. They can also be helpful when you have little time to read, but still want to know what an article or book is about before reading it from start to finish.

Benefits of summary

  • Helps you “get the big picture” of a topic
  • Helps you decide if something is worth reading or watching
  • Allows you to get up to speed on what’s happening in the world without spending too much time reading or watching something

What is a Presentation summary?

A presentation summary is a written summary of the content and idea of the PowerPoint presentation. It helps you focus on the main points and provides you with a quick way to review the main points before you listen to the full presentation.

You can follow the below steps to write a perfect summary of a PPT. 

Tips on How to Summarize a PPT


1. Start with the general overview:

Look for significant points or trends mentioned in each slide. Highlight what those points mean or demonstrate each point on the screen by using an example from the text on the slide. Look for transitions and links between slides that may be helpful in understanding your next point of discussion; underline them, highlight them, or use bold text for emphasis.

2. Points and sub-points are important:

Make a list of main points, sub-points, and examples relating to these two things. Then write a concise statement explaining each point on a separate card. These cards can then be arranged in order to come up with a summary paragraph for each slide.

3. Compare against the original text:

Make sure you check your cards against the original PowerPoint presentation before you prepare the final draft. If it doesn’t fit then change it! However, make sure to keep the general theme of the presentation correct. 

To make sure you’re doing this correctly, compare each sentence on your cards with the sentences on each slide and make any necessary adjustments (such as deleting extra words).

4. Read the whole thing first:

 It’s easiest to write a summary when you know all the details and main points of the original text. If it helps, underline or highlight important parts as you read through. Taking notes while you are reading is another useful way of making sure you don’t forget what you have read.

5. Make a list of key points: 

Once you have read the text, try to write down all the main points and key sentences. Don’t worry about order or making everything perfect; just get them down as quickly as possible.

6. Use numbered steps:

If you have a large amount of information to summarize, it can be difficult to remember the way things are organised. Instead, breaking the main points down into several “steps” will help make them easier to follow. First, in a separate sheet break the points. After this, write the summary.


To summarise from a PowerPoint presentation, use the above 6 tips and you’ll soon be able to do it easily! Just remember, you have to cover all the main points that are mentioned in the PPT without dragging them. 



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