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Slide Layouts in PowerPoint- Instructions

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A picture of a user applying a new slide layout to a selected slide from the slide layouts in PowerPoint.

Overview of Applying Slide Layouts in PowerPoint

What is a Slide Layout?

            Slide layouts in PowerPoint determine which content placeholders appear in a slide. They also determine where they are placed. To change the placeholders in a slide, you can apply a new slide layout to it. When you apply a slide layout, you determine which placeholders appear in the slide. You can also reset a selected slide’s layout back to its default placeholder settings. Doing this resets changes made to the positioning or formatting of its default placeholders, if needed.

How to Apply Slide Layouts in PowerPoint

            To apply or change slide layouts in PowerPoint, select the slide to which to apply a new slide layout. Then click the “Slide Layout” button in the “Slides” button group on the “Home” tab of the Ribbon. The button label appears as “Layout” in the button group but hovering over the button shows its full “Slide Layout” name in a screen tip that appears. After clicking the button, click the slide layout to apply to the selected slide in the drop-down menu that appears.

How to Reset a Slide Layout in PowerPoint

            If you change the position or formatting of the default placeholders in a slide layout in PowerPoint, you may want to reset them back to their defaults later. To reset a selected slide’s layout in PowerPoint, click the “Home” tab in the Ribbon. Then click the “Reset” button in the “Slides” button group.

A picture of a user applying a new slide layout to a selected slide from the slide layouts in PowerPoint.

A picture of a user applying a new slide layout to a selected slide from the slide layouts in PowerPoint.

Instructions on Using Slide Layouts in PowerPoint:

  1. To apply or change a slide layout in PowerPoint, select the slide to which to apply a new slide layout.
  2. Then click the “Slide Layout” button in the “Slides” button group on the “Home” tab of the Ribbon. The button label appears as “Layout” in the button group but hovering over the button shows its full “Slide Layout” name in a screen tip that appears.
  3. Then click the slide layout to apply to the selected slide in the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. To reset a selected slide’s layout back to its default placeholder positioning and formatting if you change either, click the “Reset” button in the “Slides” button group on the “Home” tab of the Ribbon.

Video Lesson on Using Slide Layouts in PowerPoint:

            The following video lesson, titled “Applying Slide Layouts,” shows you how to apply, change, and reset slide layouts in PowerPoint. This video is from our complete PowerPoint tutorial, titled “Mastering PowerPoint Made Easy v.2019 and 365.”

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