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None of us create the perfect presentation the first time through. We occasionally want to delete slides that we don't need, or change the layouts of existing slides to better suit our content. Here, I'll show you how to do just that. Think of it as an eraser for your chisel. Let's start by creating a new slide between slides two and three. So I'll select slide 2, I'll click on the New Slide, and I'll give it a title and some content.
Before I show you how to delete a slide, I want to show you how you can reapply slide layouts to existing slides. Remember that a layout configures the slide's placeholders, like this text box, and moves it into a set position. This is great for maintaining consistency among your slides. I'll pull down the Layout menu, and we see the same layout options as before when we added a new slide. Even though I already have content entered, I can switch among layouts, and PowerPoint repositions everything for me.
Now, here is something especially useful. If I accidentally make changes, move things around, resize stuff, change things in ways that I didn't mean to, or made them inconsistent with other slides, I can reset the layout to its original configuration. The Reset command changes everything back without deleting any of your content.
All right, then, let's delete this slide. There are two easy ways to do it. One: I can point to the slide that I want to get rid of, right-click on it, and choose Delete Slide, or two: I can click on the slide, and using my keyboard, press Delete. Remember that if you've deleted the wrong slide, you can press Undo immediately after to reverse your decision. Like most of PowerPoint, deleting slide is pretty intuitive. As for the layouts, I highly encourage you to become familiar with how they work, and use them frequently.
Very rarely should you find yourself manually adjusting a layout. If you do, remember that you're creating an inconsistency with the rest of your presentation, something that audiences don't like. I should also mention that you can edit existing layouts, and create your own, but we'll save that for another time.
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