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Change Slide Layout in PowerPoint Online

Learn how to change slide layouts in PowerPoint Online.


Product/Version: PowerPoint Online

OS: Windows and Mac OS X

Each PowerPoint presentation contains several slides. Let’s compare each slide to a blank canvas or an empty sheet of paper! You can thereafter add content to the slides in much the same way as you use brushes to create strokes of paint, or a pen to write. For example, do you want some text? Then you must add a text box. Want a picture? Just insert a picture and place it anywhere on your slide! Wait, this is not really the proper way to work in PowerPoint!

Unlike a new canvas or a blank sheet of paper, PowerPoint does not like to provide you so unstructured freedom, and this can be good in many ways. Primarily, PowerPoint structures each slide you create into one of its prescribed layouts. Examples of such layouts include:

  • Title layout (comprising 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 other layouts

In this tutorial, you will learn how you can change the layout of any selected slide from one to the other in PowerPoint Online:

  1. Launch PowerPoint Online and open any existing presentation, or just create a new Blank presentation. Such a presentation already includes one slide, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Blank presentation with one slide
    Figure 1: Blank presentation with one slide
  3. Each slide within a presentation has a Slide Layout applied to it. To ascertain which layout your active slide uses, right-click the thumbnail representing it within the Slides Pane to bring up a contextual menu as shown in Figure 2. Within this menu, choose the Layout option.
  4. Layout option for the active slide
    Figure 2: Layout option for the active slide
  5. This action will bring up the Slide Layout menu, as shown in Figure 3. As you can see, the selected slide in this instance uses the Title Slide layout because its thumbnail has a grey background (highlighted in red within Figure 3). To change the layout of the active slide to another type, click on another thumbnail that represents a different layout in the same sub-menu that is shown in Figure 3. Then, click the Change Layout button (highlighted in blue within Figure 3).
  6. Slide Layout menu
    Figure 3: Slide Layout menu
  7. Alternatively, select the slide for which you want to change the layout and access the Home tab on the Ribbon. Click the Layout button as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.
  8. Slide Layouts drop-down gallery
    Figure 4: Slide Layouts drop-down gallery
  9. This brings up the Slide Layout menu, as shown in Figure 5. Note that the Slide Layout menu is the same menu shown within Figure 3. Thereafter, click any of the other Slide Layouts available. In Figure 5, you can see that the Title and Content Slide Layout is selected (highlighted in red). Then, click the Change Layout button (highlighted in blue within Figure 5).
  10. Slide Layout menu
    Figure 5: Slide Layout menu
  11. This will change the Layout of the selected slide. In Figure 6, you can see that the Title Slide Layout has been changed to Title and Content. Compare Figure 6 with Figure 1, shown earlier on this page.
  12. Slide with a changed Slide Layout
    Figure 6: Slide with a changed Slide Layout

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