Edit and reapply a slide layout

If you apply a slide layout to one or more slides in your presentation, and then go back and edit that layout by adding a placeholder, custom prompt text, or completing some other layout-altering action, you must reapply the layout to the slides so that the slides adhere to the updated layout.

Change an existing layout

  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.

    Note: The slide master is always the top thumbnail, and the other slide layouts are beneath it.

    Slide Master and two layouts

    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.

Apply the updates so that they appear on your slides

  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

See also

What is a slide layout?

What is a slide master?

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

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Change an existing layout

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

  2. In the pane that contains the slide masters and layouts, click the layout that you want to edit.

  3. Edit the layout.

    Note: If the edits you make to a layout changes the purpose of the original layout, rename the layout.

  4. In the Close group, click Close Master View.

Apply the updates so that they appear on your slides

  1. In Normal view, in the pane that contains the Outline and Slide tabs, click the Slides tab.

  2. Click the slides that you want to reapply the updated layout to.

  3. On the Home tab, in the Slides group, click Layout, and then select the layout that you just updated.

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Change an existing layout

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

  2. In the pane that contains the slide masters and layouts, click the layout that you want to edit.

  3. Do one of the following:

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