Overview of slide layouts

Slide layouts define containers, positioning, and formatting for all of the content that appears on a slide. Placeholders are the containers in layouts that hold such content as text (including body text, bulleted lists, and titles), tables, charts, SmartArt graphics, movies, sounds, pictures, and clip art.

Note: Although you can add text and object placeholders to a layout or slide master, you cannot add placeholders directly to a slide.

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 includes nine built-in slide layouts, or you can create custom layouts that meet your specific needs and that you can share with other people who create presentations by using PowerPoint. The following graphic shows the slide layouts that are built-in to PowerPoint.

Built-in layouts

The following diagram shows all of the layout elements that you can include on an Office PowerPoint 2007 slide.

Structure of a layout

Standard layouts

The standard, built-in layouts available in Office PowerPoint 2007 are similar to those available in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier versions.

When you open a blank presentation in PowerPoint, the default layout called Title Slide (shown below) appears, but there are other standard layouts that you can apply and use.

Default layout: Title Slide

To apply a layout, see Apply a layout to a slide.

Custom layouts

If you do not find a standard layout that suits your needs or the needs of presentation authors within your organization, you can create a custom layout.

You can create reusable custom layouts that specify the number, size, and location of placeholders, background content, theme colors, fonts, and effects, and optional slide and placeholder level properties.

You can also distribute custom layouts as part of a template, so you no longer have to waste valuable time cutting and pasting your layouts onto new slides or deleting content on a slide that you want to use with new and different content.

Types of text and object-based placeholders that you can add to build your custom layout include:

  • Content

  • Text

  • Pictures

  • clip art

  • SmartArt graphics

  • Charts

  • Tables

  • Diagrams

  • Media

  • Movies

  • Sound

To create a custom layout, see Create a new custom layout.

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