Overview of slide layouts

Slide layouts define containers, positioning, and formatting for all of the content that appears on a slide. Placeholders are the containers in layouts that hold such content as text (including body text, bulleted lists, and titles), tables, charts, SmartArt graphics, movies, sounds, pictures, and clip art (clip art: A single piece of ready-made art, often appearing as a bitmap or a combination of drawn shapes.).

 Note   Although you can add text and object placeholders to a layout or slide master, you cannot add placeholders directly to a slide.

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 includes nine built-in slide layouts, or you can create custom layouts that meet your specific needs and that you can share with other people who create presentations by using PowerPoint. The following graphic shows the slide layouts that are built-in to PowerPoint.

Built-in layouts

The following diagram shows all of the layout elements that you can include on an Office PowerPoint 2007 slide.

Structure of a layout

Standard layouts

The standard, built-in layouts available in Office PowerPoint 2007 are similar to those available in PowerPoint 2003 and earlier versions.

When you open a blank presentation in PowerPoint, the default layout called Title Slide (shown below) appears, but there are other standard layouts that you can apply and use.

Default layout: Title Slide

To apply a layout, see Apply a layout to a slide.

Custom layouts

If you do not find a standard layout that suits your needs or the needs of presentation authors within your organization, you can create a custom layout.

You can create reusable custom layouts that specify the number, size, and location of placeholders, background content, theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), fonts (theme fonts: A set of major and minor fonts that is applied to a file. Theme fonts, theme colors, and theme effects compose a theme.), and effects (theme effects: A set of visual attributes that is applied to elements in a file. Theme effects, theme colors, and theme fonts compose a theme.), and optional slide and placeholder level properties.

You can also distribute custom layouts as part of a template (template: A file or set of files that contains information about the theme, layout, and other elements of a finished presentation.), so you no longer have to waste valuable time cutting and pasting your layouts onto new slides or deleting content on a slide that you want to use with new and different content.

Types of text and object-based placeholders that you can add to build your custom layout include:

  • Content
  • Text
  • Pictures
  • SmartArt graphics
  • Charts
  • Tables
  • Diagrams
  • Media
  • Clip art
  • Movies
  • Sound

To create a custom layout, see Create a new custom layout.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2007