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Creating a Slide from a Layout
Creating a Slide from a Layout
A slide layout is a layout guide that tells PowerPoint what placeholder boxes to use on a
particular slide and where to position them. Although slide layouts can contain placehold-
ers for text, they also contain graphics, charts, tables, and other useful elements. After you
create a new slide with placeholders, you can click a placeholder to open whatever controls
you need to insert that type of object.
See the section, “Using Content Placeholders” for more information on inserting objects.
When you create new slides using one of the methods described in the preceding sections,
the new slides use the Title and Content layout, which consists of a slide title and a single,
large placeholder box for content. If you want to use another layout, such as a slide with
two adjacent but separate frames of content, you must either switch the slide to a differ-
ent layout after its creation (using the Layout button’s menu on the Home tab), or you must
specify a different layout when you initially create the slide.
To specify a certain layout as you are creating a slide, follow these steps:
1. In Normal or Slide Sorter view, select or display the slide that the new one
should follow.
You can select a slide by clicking its thumbnail image in Slide Sorter view or on
the Slides pane in Normal view. You can also move the insertion point to the slide’s
text in the Outline pane.
2. On the Home tab, do one of the following:
To add a new slide using the default Title and Content layout, click the top
(graphical) portion of the New Slide button.
To add a new slide using another layout, click the bottom (text) portion of the
New Slide button and then select the desired layout from the menu, as shown in
Figure 3.2.
The layouts that appear on the menu come from the slide master. To customize these layouts, click
Slide Master. You will learn more about the slide master and about changing layouts in
Chapter 4.
Copying Slides
Another way to create a new slide is to copy an existing one in the same presentation. This
is especially useful when you are using multiple slides to create a progression because one
slide is typically identical to the next slide in a sequence, except for a small change. (You
can also build animation effects within a single slide using PowerPoint’s animation effects,
as you will learn in Chapter 17.)
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