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Part 4. Using PowerPoint > Task 12 How to Change the Slide Layout

Task 12 How to Change the Slide Layout

PowerPoint's AutoLayouts feature enables you to establish a structure for a slide. When you add a new slide, the Slide Layout task pane appears with a variety of layout options you can apply. You also can change the layout of an existing slide using the same pane. Applying a layout is much easier than adding your own text and graphic boxes. PowerPoint has layouts for just about any kind of slide you want. You will find layouts that offer a combination of title text, bulleted text, charts, and graphics. With the AutoLayouts feature, these slide elements are already positioned in place and ready to go. All you have to do is add your own text or choose a graphic element.

  1. Display the Slide

    Display the slide you want to change. It's best to switch to Normal view so that you can clearly see the slide itself.

  2. Open the Slide Layout Task Pane

    Right-click a blank area of the slide and choose Slide Layout from the pop-up menu to open the Slide Layout task pane.

  3. View Available Layouts

    In the task pane, use the scrollbar to scroll through and view the available layout options.

  4. Select a Layout

    When you find a layout you want to use, click to select it.

  5. View the New Layout

    PowerPoint applies the new layout. Depending on your slide's contents, you might have to resize or move some slide objects to fit the new layout. In this example, I applied a layout that switched the placement of the clip art and the bulleted text.

  6. Close the Task Pane

    To free up onscreen workspace, click the task pane's Close button.



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