Create a slide layout that meets your needs

If you do not find a standard layout that meets your needs, you can customize an existing layout that perfectly suits your slide content.

  1. On the View tab, in the Master Views group, click Slide Master.

  2. In the pane that contains the slide masters and layouts, locate and click the layout that resembles the closest match to what you want in your custom layout.

    Select a layout beneath the associated master


    1. 1. Slide master

    2. 2. Associated layouts (with the same theme applied)

  3. If none of the layouts meet your needs, select the Blank Layout.

  4. To modify the layout, do one or more of the following:

    • To remove unwanted, default placeholders such as headers, footers, or the date and time, click the border of the placeholder, and then press DELETE.

    • To add a placeholder, do the following:

      1. On the Slide Master tab, in the Master Layout group, click Insert Placeholder, and then select a placeholder type from the list.

        Tip: To understand what a slide master is, see What is a slide master?.

      2. Click a location on the layout, and then drag to draw the placeholder.

        Tip: To resize a placeholder, select one of the sizing handles or corner borders, and then drag the corner in or out.

      3. To rename the layout: In the thumbnail list of layouts, right-click the layout that you customized, and then click Rename Layout.

      4. In the Rename Layout dialog box, type a new name that describes the layout you’ve just created, and then click Rename.

  5. To save the custom layout in a template, on the File tab, under Saving, click Save As.

  6. In the File name box, type a file name, or do nothing to accept the suggested file name.

  7. In the Save as type list, click PowerPoint Template, and then click Save.

  8. Close master view.

Note: The layout that you added and customized now appears in the list of standard, built-in layouts in Normal view, located on the Home tab, in the Slides group. To apply and use the layout, see Apply a layout to a slide .

Links to more information about slide layouts

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