Placeholders are boxes with dotted borders that contain content and reside within a slide layout. All built-in slide layouts contain content placeholders.
The following is an example of a built-in slide layout that contains a title text placeholder, two subtitle text placeholders, and two placeholders to which you can add body text, a table, chart, SmartArt graphic, picture, clip art, or a movie or sound clip.
You can add placeholders to non-standard areas of a blank slide layout and add custom prompt text to prompt your users to enter a certain type of content. For instructions on how to add custom prompt text, see Add custom prompt text to your templates.
Important If you apply a layout to one or more slides in your presentation, and then go back and edit that layout by adding a placeholder, custom prompt text, or some other layout-altering action, you must reapply the layout to the slides so that the slides adhere to the updated layout. For more information see Edit and reapply a slide layout.
- On the View tab, in the Presentation Views group, click Slide Master.
- In the pane that contains the slide masters and layouts, click the layout that you want to add one or more placeholders to.
- On the Slide Master tab, in the Master Layout group, click Insert Placeholder, and then click the type of placeholder that you want.
- Click a location on the layout, and then drag to draw the placeholder.
- To add more placeholders to a layout, repeat steps 2 through 4.
Note When you add placeholders to a layout, if the content in those placeholders changes the layout's purpose, you may also want to rename the layout. To do so, right-click the slide layout thumbnail, click Rename Layout, type a new name, and then click Rename.
- On the Slide Master tab, in the Close group, click Close Master View to return to Normal view.
- In the slide thumbnail list, select the slide that you want to re-apply the layout with the newly-added placeholders to.
- On the Home tab, in the Slides group, click Layout, and then click the revised layout.
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