Applying Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2003
Learn what Slide Layouts are, and how you can apply another Slide Layout to your existing slide in PowerPoint 2003.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2003 are a collection of various placeholders laid out in a fixed arrangement on the slide. You cannot create your own Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2003 (you can create Slide Layouts in later versions), but you can certainly choose from the several great Slide Layouts that PowerPoint 2003 provides. Let's first show you what exactly a Slide Layout is, and then explore applying Slide Layouts.
As already explained, Slide Layouts contain placeholders -- these placeholders work as containers for your different types of slide objects such as texts, tables, charts, pictures, shapes, clip art, etc. An arrangement of one or more of these placeholders is a Slide Layout -- in fact there's also a Slide Layout called "Blank" that does not include any placeholders! Follow these steps to view the different types of Slide Layouts that PowerPoint 2003 provides, and to apply a new Slide Layout to your existing slide in PowerPoint 2003:
- Launch PowerPoint 2003. This opens the
with a single slide that contains two text placeholders, one each for the slide
title and subtitle, as shown in Figure 1. This arrangement of
placeholders is just one of the several Slide Layouts -- this particular one is
called Title Slide.
Figure 1: PowerPoint 2003 interface
- To change the Layout of this slide, or to see all the other Slide Layouts, you
need to activate PowerPoint's Slide Layout task pane by choosing
the Format | Slide Layout menu option, as shown in
Figure 2: Slide Layout option within Format menu
Alternatively, you can also right-click on empty area of the slide to bring up the context menu you see in Figure 3, and choose the Slide Layout option.
Figure 3: Slide Layout option within context menu
- Either of these options brings up the Slide Layout task pane
on the right side of the
PowerPoint 2003 interface, which you can see in Figure 4
(highlighted in red). Do you see all those small slide representations in the task
pane? Yes, these are the various Slide Layouts available in PowerPoint 2003.
Figure 4: Slide Layout task pane in PowerPoint 2003
All the layouts within the Slide Layout task pane are categorized -- use the scroll bar to view more categories. All of them are explained below:
- Text Layouts: This category provides layouts for text content.
- Content Layouts: Here you'll find layouts that contain placeholders for charts, pictures, tables, media, etc. Most of these layouts also include a slide title -- also this is where you will find the Blank Slide Layout (top left thumbnail in Figure 5, below).
- Text and Content Layouts: These layouts are a combination of
Text and Content placeholders.
- Other Layouts: Provides more Slide Layouts.
- Explore the Layouts -- you can place your cursor over the layout thumbnail
preview to see a tool tip with the name of the layout, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Tool tip displaying the name of the layout
- Once you have decided which Layout you want to use, just click on the layout's
thumbnail to apply it to your active slide. Figure 6 shows the
layout named "Title and Content" is now applied to the
slide (this is the same slide that you saw in Figure 1 -- now
with a new Slide Layout applied).
Figure 6: Title and Content layout applied to the slide
- You can even click the button with a down arrow, located next to the layout
thumbnail preview to bring up a menu, as shown in Figure 7.
Within this menu select the Apply to Selected Slides option.
Tip: Do note that you typically can select only one active slide in Normal view, although even within Normal view, you can select more than one slide in the Slides pane -- also you can select many more slides easily in Slide Sorter view.
Figure 7: Apply to Selected Slides option
- The other two options within the drop-down menu are to reapply a Slide Layout and insert a new slide based on the Slide Layout you have selected.
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