Slide Layouts in PowerPoint

PowerPoint’s built-in slide layouts provide the versatility and creativity you need to create slide shows that get your message across clearly and effectively. Here are some tips to help you use slide layouts in your workflow and structure the information that reaches your audience.

These instructions apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint Online, PowerPoint for Mac, PowerPoint for iPhone, and PowerPoint for Android.

  1. Understand by opening a PowerPoint slide
  2. Add a new PowerPoint slide
  3. Working with title and content slide
  4. Change PowerPoint slide layouts
  5. Working with the PowerPoint Slides tab
  6. Customize your PowerPoint slide

Understand by opening a PowerPoint slide

When you first open PowerPoint, your screen will resemble the image above and will contain the following areas:

  • sliding panel . Each page of a presentation is called a slide. New presentations open as usual with a title slide. The slider is where you add text, images, and other screen elements that are part of your presentation.
  • slide tab . This area switches between slide mode and overview. Slide view shows a small image of all the slides in your presentation. Outline view shows the hierarchy of text in your slides.
  • Menu : . This part of the user interface is called the ribbon. The ribbon gives you access to all of PowerPoint’s features and commands.

When you open a new presentation in PowerPoint, the first slide is the title slide and contains text placeholders. To customize the slide layout, select placeholder text and enter a new title and subtitle.

Add a new PowerPoint slide

To add a new slide to your presentation, select House > New slide . This adds a “Title” and “Content” slide layout. This is the standard slide layout that contains placeholders for the title, bulleted text, images, and illustrations.

If you need a different type of slide, please select Down arrow from new slide . This opens a menu that contains nine different slide layouts. Choose one of these slide layouts to add to your presentation.

When you choose House > New slide , a new slide is added with the current slide layout. For example, if the current slide on the screen uses the Caption Image slide layout, the new slide will also be of the same type.

Working with title and content slide

The Title and Content slide layout contains placeholders for the title, bulleted list, images, and clip art.

To add highlight text to this slide, select the highlight placeholder and enter new text. Every time you click Input a new marker appears before the next line of text.

To add content other than text to the Title and Content slide layout, select an icon from a set of six content types. The different types of content that can be inserted into this slide layout include tables, charts, SmartArt graphics, graphics, online graphics, and videos.

Change PowerPoint slide layouts

If you’ve created a slide and you don’t like the layout, change it to one of nine different slide layout options in PowerPoint. Display the slide you want to change in the slide panel and select House > Layout (select in PowerPoint 2019 slide layout ) to see the list. from the available slide layouts. The current slide layout is highlighted. Select a different slide layout and the current slide will have this new slide layout.

Here’s a description of each of the built-in slide layouts:

  • title slide : Use the title slide at the beginning of your presentation to introduce your topic.
  • Title and content . The default slide layout and the most commonly used slide layout.
  • Section title . Separates different sections of the same presentation.
  • Two content . Use this slide layout to display two columns of text and graphic content.
  • Comparison : Similar to the dual content slide layout, but this slide type also includes a title text box above each content type. Use this type of slide layout to compare two types of the same content type (for example, two different charts).
  • Title only : . Use this slide layout if you only want the title on the page, not the title and subtitles. The area below the title is blank, so you can add other content (such as images, WordArt, drawings, or charts) as needed.
  • Room : A blank slide layout is often used when an image or other image does not require additional information.
  • Content with a caption : . Contains two columns for text and content. The left column contains placeholders for text. The right column contains placeholders for images and illustrations.
  • Image with caption . This slide layout is similar to the Content with caption slide layout. The left side contains a placeholder for text, while the right side contains a placeholder for an image stored on your computer or cloud account.

Working with the PowerPoint Slides tab

The Slides tab is on the left side of the PowerPoint screen. The default is Normal, which displays slide thumbnails in the presentation. To see an overview of your presentation, select Vision > Structure type .

Each time you add a new slide, a thumbnail version of that slide appears in the Slides tab on the left side of the screen. Select a thumbnail to place this slide in the slide panel for editing.

Customize your PowerPoint slide

You are not limited to the slide layout as it first appears in PowerPoint. You can add, move, and delete text boxes and other objects at any time on any slide.

If the slide layout doesn’t meet your specific needs, insert a blank slide and add text boxes or other objects according to the information you want to convey.

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