In educational and business settings, PowerPoint reigns supreme as the number one application for electronic slide presentations. In fact, the Microsoft Office application is so commonly used by educators, students, and business people that you can often see the same layouts over and over from presentation to presentation. Fortunately, you can easily change the layout of any slide in your PowerPoint presentation with just a few clicks.
Change PowerPoint Slide Layout
Let’s say you have a PowerPoint slide that looks like the following. Note that the theme has not yet been applied to the presentation, and the slide contains nothing but a title and subtitle.
Let’s say you want to change the slide layout but don’t want to manually move objects around the page. It can take a long time to align objects correctly. Click the Home tab on the ribbon and find the section of the ribbon called Slides. Finally, click the Layout button.
Note that because this is the first slide in your presentation, the title layout is automatically used by PowerPoint. To change the slide layout, click the layout with title and content.
You should notice two things when you change the layout of a PowerPoint slide from title to title and content. First, the subtitles present in the title layout are downgraded to the “Content” level in the “Title” and “Content” layout.
Since the last layout has no subtitles, PowerPoint changes its designation to the closest type available in the current layout. This is an important consideration because it shows that PowerPoint does not delete slide content simply because you changed the layout. However, this may change the naming of the content.
If you like, go back to the Layout menu and play around with changing the layout to different types. Because PowerPoint gives you a visual representation of the menu layout, you always have a general idea of ??how the slide will look.
PowerPoint Layouts and Themes
The example above shows you how to instantly change the slide layout without having to move objects around you. However, the layout changes are really noticeable in PowerPoint when you first apply the theme. Click the Design tab on the ribbon and find a section of the ribbon called Themes. For our purposes, let’s choose the Civic theme.
Note that PowerPoint instantly changes the theme of the current slide. Now, click the Layout button on the Home tab again and this time select the layout called Title Content. Note that the civil theme of the slide is automatically included in the layout. The colors and basic functions of the theme are present on the slide, even if you change the layout.
The same goes for trying, no matter which layout you choose. The theme will always stay true, no matter what layout you want to use for the current slide. By using a theme and different layouts, you can make your presentation faster and more engaging.
Sometimes moving objects around in a PowerPoint presentation can be tedious, especially when you’re trying to align everything to make it look professional. Rather than wrestling with slides in your presentation, choose a theme and then use the built-in PowerPoint layouts to create a professional-looking presentation.
In fact, using built-in layouts, you’ll find that creating a presentation is faster and allows you to spend more time on the content of the slide and less time making it look right.