Add placeholders to slide layouts to contain text, pictures, videos, etc.

Placeholders are boxes with dotted borders that hold content in its place on a slide layout. You can add a placeholder to a slide layout to contain content, such as text, pictures, tables, charts, SmartArt graphics, clipart, videos, and more.

Important: Placeholders can only be added to slide layouts, not individual slides in a presentation. If you haven't worked with slide layouts, check out What is a slide layout? and What is a slide master? to learn more before reading on.

  1. On the View tab, click Slide Master.

  2. In the left thumbnail pane, click the slide layout that you want to add one or more placeholders to.

The following shows the Title and Content slide layout that contains a placeholder for the title, and another one for any type of content:

Shows placeholder Title and Content slide in PowerPoint

  1. On the Slide Master tab, click Insert Placeholder, and then click the type of placeholder that you want to add.

    Shows the Insert Placeholder button in the Slide Master View in PowerPoint

  2. Click a location on the slide layout, and then drag to draw the placeholder. You can add as many placeholders as you like.

  3. When you're done, on the Slide Master tab, click Close Master View.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To reapply the newly changed layout to an existing slide, in the slide thumbnail list, select the slide, and then on the Home tab, click Layout, and then select the revised layout.

    • To add a new slide that contains the layout (with the newly added placeholders), on the Home tab, click New Slide, and then select the slide revised layout.

You can change a placeholder by resizing it, repositioning it, or changing the font, size, case, color, or spacing of text within it. You can also delete a placeholder from a slide layout or an individual slide by selecting it and pressing Delete.

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