PowerPoint Slide Layouts

How to Work with Slide Layouts in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Slide Layouts

While every theme comes complete with its own set of professionally designed layouts, you may want to change them a bit to better suit your needs.

Edit a Layout

  1. From Slide Master view, select the slide master or one of the slide layouts.
  2. Click and drag existing placeholders to move or resize them.
  3. Turn on or off the Title or Footers.
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  4. Select the text within a placeholder and then change the text formatting.
  5. Click Close Master View to see your changes.
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Any changes you made to the layout in Slide Master view are applied to all the presentation slides based on that layout.

Create a Custom Slide Layout

You can also create a brand-new slide layout if you need something unique.

  1. Go to Slide Master view.
  2. Click in between two layouts where you want the new layout to be inserted.

    Where you place the slide here determines where it appears in the menu when inserting or changing a slide layout in Normal view.

  3. Click the Insert Layout button on the Slide Master tab.
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  5. Turn on or off the Title or Footers.
  6. Click the Insert Placeholder list arrow and select an option.
  7. Click and drag to create the placeholder.
  8. Repeat as necessary to add all needed placeholders to the slide.
  9. Click Close Master View to see your changes.
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The new layout is now available in the Slide Layout menu on the Home tab.

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