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Add New Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to add a new Slide Layout in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. New layouts can speed up your slide creation process.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






The various Slide Layouts in PowerPoint help you choose various looks and placeholder arrangements for your slide. Using these layouts, it's easy to create good looking slides. There are ready-made layouts available for slides that contain pictures or charts, and even a separate layout for your opening slide. These layouts can be edited (or duplicated/renamed) within Slide Master View to create even more Slide Layouts. While duplicating and editing Slide Layouts is a great way to make small changes, it's not the best way to create a Slide Layout from scratch. As an analogy, duplicating and editing a Slide Layout is more like using a coloring book to fill color between the lines of pre-drawn art. However, creating your Slide Layout from scratch is more like starting with a blank sheet of paper and drawing your art before you start coloring between the lines. You can decide which of these approaches works best for you.

Follow these steps to create a new Slide Layout:

  1. Launch PowerPoint. By default, PowerPoint opens a blank presentation. Access the View tab of the Ribbon and click the Slide Master button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
  2. Slide Master button within Master Views group of View tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Slide Master button within Master Views group of View tab of the Ribbon
  3. This opens the Slide Master View, as shown in Figure 2. In Slide Master view, you'll find that the left pane contains a larger thumbnail on the top, called the Slide Master (highlighted in red within Figure 2), and several smaller slide thumbnails representing individual Slide Layouts (highlighted in blue within Figure 2).
  4. Slide Layouts within Slide Master view
    Figure 2: Slide Layouts within Slide Master view
  5. To add a new slide layout, click in between the layout thumbnails to place an insertion cursor, as shown in Figure 3. We placed our insertion cursor right below the Slide Master thumbnail at the position of the first Slide Layout.
  6. New Slide Layout insertion point
    Figure 3: New Slide Layout insertion point
  7. Within the Slide Master tab of the Ribbon, click the Insert Layout button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3 above. Alternatively, you can also right-click at the insertion point to bring up a contextual menu, as shown in Figure 4. From this menu, choose the Insert Layout option.
  8. Insert Layout option to be selected
    Figure 4: Insert Layout option to be selected
  9. Either way, you will add a new Slide Layout at the position of insertion point. In Figure 5 below, you can see the new Slide Layout selected within the left pane (highlighted in red) and the same Slide Layout can be seen within the Slide Area (highlighted in blue).
  10. New Slide Layout added
    Figure 5: New Slide Layout added
  11. By default the new Slide Layout added has a name that PowerPoint automatically provides. It's called Custom Layout. To rename the Slide Layout, right-click the layout thumbnail, and from the context menu that appears, choose the Rename Layout option. This brings up the Rename Layout window, as shown in Figure 6. Within this window, you can see the default name (highlighted in red within Figure 6). Just type in the new name (we renamed our new layout Imaginative Layout), and click the Rename button.
  12. Rename Layout window
    Figure 6: Rename Layout window
  13. Notice that our new Imaginative Layout (see Figure 5, above) already has Title and Footers placeholders. You may remove these placeholders using the two check-boxes within the Master Layout group, that are shown highlighted in red within Figure 7.
  14. Title and Footers check-boxes
    Figure 7: Title and Footers check-boxes
  15. Deselect both the check-boxes, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 8. This will remove both the placeholders from the newly added Slide Layout, as you can see highlighted in blue within Figure 8.
  16. Title and Footers removed from new Slide Layout
    Figure 8: Title and Footers removed from new Slide Layout
  17. Select the check-boxes again, and all these placeholders will show up again, as shown in Figure 5, earlier on this page.
  18. When done, click the Close Master View button on the Slide Master tab of the Ribbon (to locate the Close Master View button, refer to Figure 5 above). This will get you back to Normal View.
  19. Access the Home tab of the Ribbon and click the Layout button to bring up the Layout drop-down gallery you see in Figure 9, below. Notice that your new layout shows up here (highlighted in red within Figure 9), ready to be used in your presentation. Once your layout has been added, it's time to add new placeholders to the created layout. We explain the process in our Inserting New Placeholders in Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.
  20. New Slide Layout within Layout drop-down menu
    Figure 9: New Slide Layout within Layout drop-down menu
  21. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Add New Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Add New Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Add New Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Add New Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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