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Chapter 4: Working with Layouts, Themes, and Masters
Working with Layouts, Themes,
and Masters
Changing a slide’s layout
Applying a theme
Customizing theme formatting
Specifying repeated elements
Modifying a slide layout
Creating a new slide layout
Managing themes and layouts
Storing themes in custom templates
Most presentations consist of multiple slides, so you’ll need a way of ensuring consistency
among them. Not only will you want each slide (in most cases) to have the same back-
ground, fonts, and text positioning, but you will also want a way of ensuring that any
changes you make to those settings later automatically populate across all your slides.
To accomplish these goals, PowerPoint offers layouts, themes, and masters. Layouts determine the
positioning of placeholders; themes assign color, font, and background choices; and masters transfer
theme settings to the slides and provide an opportunity for repeated content, such as a logo, on
each slide. In this chapter you learn how to use layouts, themes, and masters to create a presenta-
tion that is attractive, consistent, and easy to manage.
Understanding Layouts and Themes
As you learned in Chapter 3, a layout is a positioning template. The layout used for a slide deter-
mines what content placeholders will appear and how they will be arranged. For example, the
layout shown in Figure 4.1 is called Title Slide, and it contains a Title placeholder and a Subtitle
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