In this video, staff instructor Jess Stratton shows users how to add new slides using different layouts, and how layouts can help you easily put together a presentation quickly.
- Everything, including new blank presentations, comes with about nine different preset content placeholders to make adding content easy. These placeholders are called layouts. Clicking the down arrow next to New Slide on the Home Ribbon tab will allow you to add a new slide using a different layout. For example, a Title Slide, Two Content, Comparison, Title Only, et cetera. I'll add a Two Content layout by clicking on it. To use the placeholders, click once inside and start typing.
You don't have to use all of the placeholder text. Any unused placeholders won't show up while presenting. And I don't have to hit the Enter key. In fact, if I do hit the Enter key, I'll get a new line, which isn't what I want. I wanna go to the next placeholder. So to start typing, all I need to do is click right inside the next one. And finally, I can click right inside the last one without hitting Enter also. I could also hit the Enter key, which will add another bullet to the list.
Hitting the Tab key will indent the bullet. I've used placeholders to add my text, but what happens if you change your mind after you added the text? Let's go back to the first slide. I'm going to add a title to my presentation. I'll click inside and type it. Once I'm done with this slide, I may decide I don't need a subtitle. You can change an existing slide to a different layout. Instead of clicking the down arrow next to New Slide, on the Home Ribbon tab, I can click the Layout button.
This is going to allow me to choose and apply a different layout to the current slide that I'm on. For example, right now it's set to the Title Slide layout, but I'm going to change it to Title Only. Now, there's no extra placeholder that I have to worry about and I don't have to be visually cluttered with this placeholder that I know I'm never going to use. Finally, you can always add a blank slide with no preset layouts. This is useful when you wanna control the look and feel all on your own.
I'll click right down to the end of my presentation. This way, I can insert a new blank slide. From here, I'll click the down arrow next to New Slide and I'll choose Blank. Now I have a blank slide with no placeholders. From here, if I just wanna make a presentation that's all blank slides so I can do everything myself, all I have to do is continue to hit the New Slide icon, because remember, when you add a new slide, it's always going to take the layout that was previously above it.
So if you start with one blank slide, every new slide you make from there will be completely blank. I will be showing you how to add content, such as your own text boxes to slides, instead of positioning them from layouts. But layouts are a great way to get started when you need to put together a presentation quickly.
- Getting started quickly with PowerPoint
- Creating new presentations
- Adding, removing, and rearranging slides
- Changing slide layouts
- Inserting and formatting images and shapes
- Adding animation and transitions
- Sharing and collaborating on presentations
- Delivering the presentation
- Saving themes and templates
- Exporting presentations as video, PDF, or JPEG files