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Reset Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to reset your slide formatting with one click in PowerPoint 2016.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher

Sometimes we come across slides that can be 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 prepared them for you!

You now need to eradicate all the formatting on the slide to make it look more simple and clean. You may need 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 some sanity in such slides. It's called the Reset option.

A slide that is hazardous to our vision
Figure 1: A slide that is hazardous to our vision

Tip: The Reset 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 Slide Master of the template or Theme. For that reason, the Reset 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 tutorial.

To reset all the changes done on a slide in PowerPoint 2016, follow these steps:

  1. 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
    Figure 2: Slide selected within the Slide Sorter view
  2. Access the Home tab of the Ribbon, locate the Slides group and click the Reset button (highlighted in red within Figure 3).

    Reset button within the Slides group of Home tab
    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.

    Reset Slide option within the context menu
    Figure 4: Reset Slide option within the context menu
  3. 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 formatting has been removed.

    Slide is reset to its default settings
    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.
  4. Save your presentation often.
Tip: Want to reset just the text formatting to defaults? Access the Outline view, and select all text (Ctrl+A). Then press the Ctrl+Space 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.

Reset Backgrounds

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 tutorial.

Reset Background button
Figure 6: Reset Background button

See Also:

Reset Slide in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Reset Slide in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Reset Slide in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences:
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