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Understanding Content Placeholders
customized; you can override the slide master’s choices for background, colors, and fonts,
and you can create, modify, and delete various types of content placeholders.
Understanding Content Placeholders
You can insert seven basic types of content on a PowerPoint slide: Text, Picture, Chart, Table,
Diagram, Media (video or sound), and Clip Art. A placeholder on a slide master or layout mas-
ter can specify one of these types of content that it will accept, or you can designate it as a
Content placeholder, such that it will accept any of the seven types. Most of the layouts that
PowerPoint generates automatically for its themes use the Content placeholder type because
it offers the most fl exibility. By making all placeholders Content placeholders rather than a
specifi c type, PowerPoint can get by with fewer separate layout masters because users will
choose the desired layout based on the positioning of the placeholders, not their types.
A Content placeholder appears as a text placeholder with a small palette of icons in the
center, one for each of the content types. Each content placeholder can hold only one type
of content at a time, so as soon as the user types some text into the content placeholder
or clicks one of the icons in the palette and inserts some content, the placeholder becomes
locked into that one type of content until the content is deleted from it.
If a slide has a placeholder that contains some content (any type), selecting the placeholder and pressing Delete
removes the content. To remove the placeholder itself from the layout, select the empty placeholder and press
Delete. If you then want to restore the placeholder, reapply the slide layout to the slide.
You can move and resize a placeholder on a layout master as you would any other object.
Drag a selection handle on the frame to resize it, or drag the border of the frame (not on a
selection handle) to move it.
The Content placeholders are shown in Chapter 3 in Figure 3.10. You can also see Chapter 3 for more
on moving and resizing an object.
Adding a Custom Placeholder
You can add a custom placeholder to an individual layout master. This makes it easy to
build your own custom layouts.
To add a custom placeholder, follow these steps:
1. In Slide Master view, select the layout master to affect.
2. On the Slide Master tab, click the bottom part of the Insert Placeholder button
to open its menu.
3. Click Content to insert a generic placeholder, or click one of the specific
content types. See Figure 4.25. The mouse pointer becomes a cross-hair.
 
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