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Select and apply slide layouts

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Arrange slide content with different slide layouts to suit your taste and preference, or to improve the clarity and readability of the content.

  1. In Normal view, select the slide that you want to apply a layout to.

  2. Select Home > Layout, and then select the layout that you want.

    The layouts contain placeholders for text, videos, pictures, charts, shapes, clip art, a background, and more. The layouts also contain the formatting for those objects, like theme colors, fonts, and effects,.

  3. Select Home > Reset if you made layout changes you don't like, and want to revert to the original layout.

    Using Reset doesn't delete any content you've added.

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Apply or change a slide layout

Edit and reapply a slide layout

Where can I find slide layouts

What is a slide layout

Our presentation is really starting to take some shape.

We finally have some pictures, we've changed some layouts, and I've added some more slides.

I haven't done anything fancy with them yet, I've just added some text.

You may decide after reviewing these slides, that you don't like the way some of them are laid out.

You don't have to delete and recreate the content.

You can change the layout right here in place.

Here's my Arrival Info slide.

There's some basic bullet points here, but we can change this layout.

With the slide selected, on the Home ribbon tab, click Layout.

Here's all the available layouts for our theme.

Now we can change it.

For example, I can change to a two content layout.

It leaves this text in place, however, it added a new placeholder so that I could easily add something like a chart, a table, or an image.

I can even change to something a bit more crazy, such as a picture with a caption.

It still keeps the text there, even though it's a little bit hard to read.

I can also choose content with caption.

This one rearranged it very nicely so that all the details is easily readable on the left hand side, and I can add a placeholder on the right.

There's something I want to show you.

This is a very common thing to do in PowerPoint.

Instead of clicking on a placeholder to add some text, you might find that you've accidentally moved the placeholder itself.

You may have moved it just a little bit, or a lot.

It's okay if this happens.

You can reset this layout.

From the Home ribbon tab, right underneath layout, click Reset.

This is going to reset the layout back to its original size, shape, and available content in that layout.

So anytime that happens, if you find you've even moved it just a little bit, you can click the reset button, and it will put it back.

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