A typical PowerPoint presentation comprises a bunch of slides and we like to think of these slides as akin to a blank canvas. You add your content to the slides in much the same way as you use brushes to create strokes of paint to color a canvas. However unlike a canvas, PowerPoint does not like to provide you a non-structured freedom, and this can be good in many ways. Primarily, PowerPoint categorizes each slide type into one of its prescribed layouts. Examples of such layouts include:
- Title layout (comprising of placeholders to add a title and subtitle for a slide),
- Title and Content layout (comprising a slide title and a multi-purpose content placeholder),
- Title Only layout (comprising a slide title placeholder with a blank area),
- Blank layout (comprising no placeholders at all).
- And several more layouts
In PowerPoint 2011, you can also create your own slide layouts, but that is something we will discuss some other time. In this tutorial, you will learn how you can change the layout of any selected slide from one to the other.
Follow these steps to change the layout of a slide in PowerPoint 2011:
- Launch PowerPoint and open any existing presentation, or just use the blank presentation which is created as soon as you launch PowerPoint. Such a blank presentation already includes one slide, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Blank presentation with one slide
- Each slide within a presentation has a slide layout applied to it. To ascertain which layout your active slide uses, locate the Slides group within the Home tab of the Ribbon, and click the Layout button in this group (see Figure 2). This will bring up the Layout gallery that you can see in Figure 2 and as you can see, the selected slide in this instance uses the Title Slide layout (because its thumbnail has a dark yellow highlighted area).
Figure 2: Title Slide layout highlighted in Layout gallery
- To change the layout of the active slide to another type, click on another thumbnail that represents a different layout in the same gallery. We have selected the Blank layout (see Figure 3 below).
Figure 3: Blank Layout to be selected in Layout Gallery
- This will change the layout of the selected slide. As you can see in Figure 4, the layout has been changed from Title Slide to Blank.
Figure 4: Slide layout changed from Title Slide to Blank
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