Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Changing a Slide’s Layout
The slide master holds the settings from a theme and applies them to one or more slides
in your presentation. A slide master is not exactly the same thing as a theme because the
theme can also be external to PowerPoint and used in other programs, but there’s a rough
equivalency there. A slide master is the representation of a particular theme applied to a
Which themes appear in Slide Master view? The ones you have applied to at least one slide in the presentation, plus
any custom themes copied from another presentation (see the section “Copying a Theme from Another Presentation ”
for more details) and any themes inherited from the template used to create the presentation. The built-in themes do
not show up here unless they are in use.
When you make changes to a slide master, those changes trickle down to the individual
layout masters associated with it. When you make changes to an individual layout master,
those changes are conﬁ ned to that layout in that master only.
To enter Slide Master view, choose View
Slide Master. A Slide Master tab
appears. To exit from Slide Master view, choose Slide Master
Close Master View or
select a different view from the View tab.
Changing a Slide’s Layout
As you construct your presentation, you may ﬁ nd it useful to change a slide’s layout. For
example, you might want to switch from a slide that contains one big content placeholder
to one that has two side-by-side placeholders, to compare/contrast two lists, drawings, or
Many of the layouts PowerPoint provides contain multipurpose placeholders that accept
various types of content. For example, the default layout, called Title and Content, has
placeholders for a slide title plus a single type of content—text, a table, a chart, a picture,
a piece of clip art, a SmartArt diagram, or a video. You choose the layout you want based
on the number and arrangement of the placeholders, and not the type of content that will
go into them.
When you change to a different layout, you change the type and/or positioning of the
placeholders on it. If the previous placeholders had content in them, that content shifts to
a new location on the slide to reﬂ ect the different positioning for that placeholder type.
If the new layout does not contain a placeholder appropriate for that content, the content
remains on the slide but becomes orphaned . This means it is a free-ﬂ oating object, outside
of the layout. You need to manually position an orphaned object if it’s not in the right
spot. However, if you later apply a different layout that does contain a placeholder for the
orphaned object, it snaps back into that placeholder.