Add the selection pane that is in the Windows version to the Mac version. In fact, why not include most/all of the same functionality in the Mac versions as in Windows? Very frustrating and it's absolutely killing my ability to switch over.
This feature has now been released in build 15.18! Enjoy, and keep voting on other features that you’d like us to add. Thanks!
How can we get 15.18? As of 06/01/2016, latest update is 14.6.4.
PowerPoint for Mac needs selection pane just like in Windows version. This is a powerful tool for building complex animations. I daresay indispensable!
Yan Cowles commented
Very much agree that without this feature life has become so much more difficult. It does seem remarkable that microsoft have seen fit to leave it out - I wonder if anyone there has attempted to produce a deck without this because things get complex quite quickly.
Without functionality that one finds as standard on other software, shortcuts for send to back and bring to front, locking, proper layer panels, non-modality of menus, a sensible animation timeline, the selection pane was the only thing that helped (and it isn't great even on the windows version).
Jim Hoskins commented
need the selection pane....it is virtually impossible to edit complex presentations.
Peter Hanley commented
Telling MS that you're having trouble switching from MS to Apple isn't the way to get them to add features to their Mac Office products I bet. ;-)