What are slide layouts?

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Slide layouts contain formatting, positioning, and placeholder boxes for all of the content that appears on a slide.

To change the slide layout:

  • Select the Slide.
  • Go to Home Tab.
  • Select Layouts Tool from slides group.
Slide Layout

PowerPoint includes built-in slide layouts, and you can modify these layouts to meet your specific needs, and you can share your custom templates with other people who create presentations in PowerPoint.

Slide layouts are the various combinations of placeholders for slides in PowerPoint. For example:
  1. Title Slide layout includes one Title placeholder and one subtitle placeholder.
  2. The Title and Content slide layout includes one Title placeholder and one Content placeholder.
  3. The Section Headerslide layout includes one Title placeholder and one subtitle placeholder.
  4. The Two Content slide layout includes one Title placeholder and two Content placeholders.
  5. The Comparison slide layout includes one Title placeholder, two text placeholders, and two Content placeholders.
  6. The Title Only slide layout includes just one Title placeholder.
  7. The Blank slide layout includes no placeholders.
  8. The Content with Caption slide layout includes one Title placeholder, one text placeholder, and one Content placeholder.
  9. The Picture with Caption slide layout includes one Title placeholder, one text placeholder, and one Picture placeholder.
  10. The Content placeholder is a special type of placeholder that can be a container for seven content types: Text, Table, Chart, SmartArt, Picture, Online Picture, and Video.

They also contain the colors, fonts, effects, and the background (collectively known as the theme) of a slide.

Placeholders are the dotted-line containers that hold such content as titles, body text, tables, charts, SmartArt graphics, pictures, clip art, videos, and sounds.

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