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Understanding Slide Structure
Understanding Slide Structure
You use PowerPoint to build a presentation slide by slide. Those slides, whether shown as a
slide show or printed, make up your presentation. Different types of slides (slide layouts) serve
different functions in your presentation. The slide layout controls which objects a slide contains
and the placement of those objects on the slide. You can learn more about layouts in Chapter 5. The
structure of the presentation affects flow and visual appeal.
Title Slide
The Title slide typically appears first and includes the presentation title
or topic, and a subtitle. The subtitle might be the presenter’s name or the
name of the presenting company, or it might be the date and location of
the presentation. There is usually just one title slide in a presentation,
though they are sometimes used at the beginning of slide sections.
Title and Content Slide
A Title and Content slide is perhaps the most frequently used slide
layout. It includes a title plus a placeholder where you can add one of
several types of content: a bulleted list, table, chart, clip art, picture,
SmartArt graphic (diagram), or media clip (sound or video).
Other Slide Content
PowerPoint provides other slide layouts for your convenience: Two
Content, Comparison, Content with Caption, Picture with Caption, and
Blank. Each layout includes placeholders to position your information.
Choose the layout that best presents your concepts and the associated
data or graphics.
Slide Sections
You may need to divide a presentation into logical sections. Section
breaks allow your audience to ask questions or for the group to take
a break. You can easily change the slide theme of each section,
possibly to denote a change in topic. You can introduce a new
section with a slide using the Section Header or Title Only layout.
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