PowerPoint 2010: 'Add Section' command is unavailable


When you try to add sections by clicking the Home tab, in the Slides group, click on Section, the Add Section command is unavailable (grayed out). The command is also unavailable if you right-click inside of the slides pane in Normal View or right-click inside of Slide Sorter View.


The presentation is in Compatibiliy Mode. The file was saved as PowerPoint 97-2003 Presentation (*.ppt) format. If you look at the Title Bar of the PowerPoint application (bar accross the top of the PowerPoint window) it will read filename [Compatibility Mode] and the file extension is *.ppt.


Convert the presentation to a native PowerPoint 2010 presentation by clicking on the File tab, and in the Info section click the Convert button and save the file as PowerPoint Presentation (*.pptx).

More Information

Once you convert the presentation to a PowerPoint Presentation (*.pptx) and open the file in previous versions of PowerPoint you will no longer have the sections visible. However, if you re-open the file in PowerPoint 2010 the sections will be available.

For more information on slide sections in PowerPoint 2010 read the following help article on the Office website:

Article ID: 2622653 - Last Review: May 28, 2014 - Revision: 1