Change a slide layout

If you do not find a standard slide layout that matches your slide content, you can change an existing layout.

Slide Master and two layouts
Slide Master is always the top thumbnail, and the slide layouts are beneath it.
  1. On the View tab, click Slide Master.

  2. In the thumbnail pane that contains the slide masters and layouts, pick the layout that has closest arrangement of placeholders to how you want your slide to look.

    Tip    If you don't like any of the layouts, pick the Blank Layout and start over by adding placeholders to contain text, pictures, videos, etc.

  3. To change an existing layout, do one or more of the following:

    • To add a placeholder, on the Slide Master tab, click Insert Placeholder, and then select a placeholder type from the list. Click a location on the layout, and then drag to draw the placeholder.

    • Resize, reposition, or delete a placeholder.

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

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

  6. On the Slide Master tab, click Close Master View.

To reapply the updates you made to the layout so that they appear on the slides in your presentation, do the following:

  1. In Normal View, in the thumbnail pane, click the slide that you want to reapply the updated layout to.

    Click the slide in the Thumbnail pane

    Note    To select multiple slides, press and hold the Ctrl key, and then click each slide.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Slides group, click Layout, and then select the layout that you updated in Slide Master View.

    Reapply a layout that you've changed in Slide Master View

Links to more information about slide layouts

Applies To: PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2016

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