Sometimes we come across the slides that can be so hazardous to our vision! One look at a slide as the one shown in
Figure 1, and it really doesn't matter if the content is great or not! Because such slides have nothing understated about
them. Such loud slides can ensure that audiences get distracted. You might end up with such slides even with no fault of yours, because
someone else mis-designed them for you!
You may now have to spend quite a long time to eradicate all the formatting on the slide to make it look more simple and clean. You may
have to change the position,
size, and text layout for the placeholders on the
slide too. Fortunately, there is an easy, one-click process to restore the sanity in the slides. It's called the Reset
option. Remember, the Reset option is your friend.
Figure 1: A slide that is hazardous to our vision
option uses the template or Theme as a reference, and resets your placeholders to their
default settings. Thus it only works with text placeholders since they are referenced from the
of the template or Theme. For that reason, the
button does not work with text boxes. Learn about the difference between a text box and a text placeholder in our
Text Boxes vs. Text Placeholders
To reset all the changes done on a slide in
PowerPoint 2016, follow these steps:
Select the slide which you want to reset, as shown in Figure 1 above. Alternatively, select all, one, or some of
your slides in Slide Sorter view, as shown in
Figure 2: Slide selected within the Slide Sorter view
Access the Home tab of the
Ribbon, locate the Slides group and click
the Reset button (highlighted in red within Figure 3).
Figure 3: Reset button within the Slides group of Home tab
Alternatively, if you need to reset just the active slide, you can click the same Reset button without selecting any
slides. You can also right-click on an empty area of the slide to bring up the contextual menu, and then choose the
Reset Slide option shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Reset Slide option within context menu
Selecting either of these options resets the position, size, and any other formatting of the text placeholders to their default settings,
as specified in the template and Slide Master. Figure 5 shows the same slides that you saw in Figure 2
after applying the Reset option, compare it with Figure 2 and you will find that all the extra make-up
has been removed.
Figure 5: Slide is reset to its default settings
Your slide may not look the same as the slide shown in Figure 5. Your post-Reset look depends on the
Theme applied to the presentation. Do you notice that one of slides still looks horrible
even after using the Reset option -- look at the Reset Backgrounds section later on this page.
- Save your presentation often.
Want to reset just the text formatting to defaults? Access the
, and select all text
). Then press the Ctrl
shortcut key to reset all text formatting to the default text attributes. Note that this only resets the text
that you can see within the Outline
view, and not necessarily all text within your presentation.
Also remember that the Reset
option does not revert any changes you make within the
Format Background Task Pane
. To reset those
changes, you will have to click the Reset Background
button within the Format Background
Task Pane, as
shown highlighted in red
within Figure 6
, below. To learn more, explore our
Format Slide Background in PowerPoint 2016
Reset Background button
Reset Slide in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Reset Slide in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Reset Slide in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows