Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2010

When you open a new presentation in PowerPoint 2010, the program assumes you’re starting the slideshow on the title slide. Adding a title and subtitle to this slide layout is as easy as clicking in the provided text boxes and typing.

Is there an old version? Learn more about slide layouts in PowerPoint 2007.

  1. Add a new slide
  2. Title and content slide layout for text
  3. Title and content slide layout for content
  4. Chart content
  5. Nine different slide content layouts
  6. Change slide layout
  7. Slide/Overview Panel
  8. Move text fields to change the layout

Add a new slide

Knob New slide on the left side of the tab At home on the tape. It contains two separate function buttons. The default slide layout for a new slide is the slide type Title and content

  1. If the currently selected slide is a slide header or it will be the second slide added to the presentation, the default slide layout type will be added Title and content
    Subsequent new slides are added using the current slide type as the master. For example, if the current slide on the screen was created using a slide layout Image with caption the new slide will also have this type.

  2. The bottom button opens a context menu with nine different slide layouts of your choice.

Title and content slide layout for text

When using the bulleted text option on a slide layout Title and content you simply click on the large text field and enter your details. Each time you press a key Enter a new letter appears on the keyboard for the next line of text.

Remark † You can enter bulleted text or any other content type on this slide type, but not both. However, if you want to use both features, there is a separate slide layout for displaying two types of content on a slide. This is the slide type two content

Title and content slide layout for content

Add content other than text to a slide layout Title and content , click the corresponding colored icon in the set of six different content types. These choices include:

  • table

  • diagram

  • smart art

  • Paint

  • clip art

  • media clip

Chart content

One of the most commonly used features in PowerPoint slides is charts. Many different chart types are available to represent your specific content type.

Click on icon Diagram on a slide of any content type in PowerPoint, add a general chart to a slide in PowerPoint 2010. In addition, the general data of the chart is displayed in the data table. When you edit this data, the changes in the chart are reflected immediately.

The overall chart can be changed in many ways by selecting options from the toolbar that appears above the chart. These options include the type of chart and the different ways in which the data displayed on the chart can be manipulated.

To change the chart later, double-click the chart on the slide. In the dialog box that opens, click the button Edit existing † Customize your schedule the way you want.

Nine different slide content layouts

Any slide layout can be changed at any time by simply clicking the button Layout tab At home on the tape.

The list of slide layouts looks like this:

  1. Slide title – used at the beginning of a presentation or to separate parts of a presentation.
  2. Title and content † The default slide layout and the most commonly used slide layout.
  3. Section title † Use this slide type to separate different sections of the same presentation, rather than using an additional title slide. It can also be used as an alternative to the title slide layout.
  4. Two content † Use this slide layout if you want to display text in addition to the graphic content type.
  5. Comparison – Similar to the dual content slide layout, but this slide type also includes a title text box for each content type. Use this type of slide layout for:

    • compare two types of the same content type (e.g. two different charts)

    • display text next to graphic content type

  6. Title only † Use this slide layout if you only want the title on the page, not the title and subtitles. You can then insert other types of objects, such as clip art, WordArt, drawings, or pictures, as needed.
  7. empty † A blank slide layout is often used when an image or other image that does not require additional information is inserted to cover the entire slide.
  8. Titled Content † Content (usually a graphical object such as a chart or picture) is placed on the right side of the slide. The left side allows a title and text to describe the object.
  9. Image with caption † The top of the slide is used to place the image. You can optionally add a title and description text below the slide.

Change slide layout

Press the button Layout tab At home on the tape. This shows a context menu with nine different slide layout options in PowerPoint 2010.

The current slide layout is highlighted. Hover over the new slide layout of your choice and that slide type will be highlighted as well. When you click the mouse, the current slide changes to the new slide layout.

Slide/Overview Panel

Panel Slides/structure on the left side of the PowerPoint 2010 screen.

  • The default value is slides † This shows thumbnails of the slides in your presentation.

  • Click on the tab sketch you see the text outline for each slide in your presentation.

Note that each time you add a new slide, a thumbnail version of that slide appears in the Slide/Outline pane on the left side of the screen. Clicking on one of these thumbnails scrolls the places on the screen into normal view for further editing.

Move text fields to change the layout

It’s important to remember that you’re not limited to the slide layout as it first appears in PowerPoint 2010. You can add, move, or delete text boxes or other objects on any slide at any time.

The short animated GIF above shows you how to move and resize text boxes on a slide.

If there isn’t a slide layout that meets your specific needs, you can create your own by adding text boxes or other objects based on your data.

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