Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Composing a Presentation
PowerPoint comes with nine standard slide layouts:
● Title Slide The default slide in new presentations that are based on the Blank
Presentation template. This layout offers two placeholders: one for the title of the
presentation and one for a subtitle (which can be used at formal events to identify the
presenter and the session name). Use this layout to create an opening slide for your
presentation or to signify the start of a new topic or idea.
● Title And Content This layout is the default when you insert a new slide after a
title slide and is one of the most commonly used. It offers two placeholders: one for
the title of the slide and one for content. Use this layout when you need to
communicate a single idea using a chart or a table, or if you want to build a standard slide
with bullet points.
● Section Header The Section Header layout has two text placeholders: one for the
presentation title and one for the section title. Use this layout as a low-key alternative
to the Title Slide layout when transitioning between presentation topics or
introducing new ideas.
● Two Content This layout is similar to the Title And Content layout, but it has a
placeholder for the slide title and two placeholders for content. A common use for
this layout puts text alongside a graphic or media clip.
● Comparison The Comparison layout looks a lot like the Two Content layout. The
difference is that this layout contains placeholders for headings above each of the
content placeholders. Use this layout to show how one idea compares with another:
before and after, A versus B, and so on.
● Title Only This layout displays just one placeholder for a slide title. Like the
Section Header layout, this layout is good to use when a presentation transitions from
one topic to another. Another use for this layout is to have full control over content
placement, because it gives you nearly a full slide to add your placeholders to.
● Blank This layout doesn’t contain any placeholders. Use the options on the Insert
tab to populate the slide with the types of placeholders you want, in the exact
position you prefer. Use this layout when you need complete control over where
placeholders appear on your slide.
● Content With Caption The Content With Caption layout gives you three
placeholders to work with: one for the slide title, one for slide text, and one very large
placeholder for content of your choice. Use this layout when the inserted content (a
chart or table, for example) should be the main focus of the slide, but it needs a title
and a few words (a sentence or two at most) for context or introduction.