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Inserting New Placeholders Within Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to add new placeholders within Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher






In PowerPoint a placeholder is a boilerplate container that you can use to fill in with some sort of content. When you launch PowerPoint, you will see those distinctive boxes that invite you to add some content. Haven't you noticed the "Click to add title" suggestions? All these boxes are placeholders. When selected, these boxes have a dotted border around them, as shown in Figure 1 below.

Part of a new slide showing placeholders with dotted borders
Figure 1: Part of a new slide showing placeholders with dotted borders

Placeholders and Text Boxes

These placeholders are different than text boxes that you insert within your existing slides. Learn more in our Text Placeholders vs. Text Boxes in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

All of PowerPoint's built-in slide layouts except the Blank layout contain placeholders. PowerPoint provides several placeholders that can contain various types of content such as text, tables, charts, pictures, clip art, SmartArt diagrams, or media clips. If you add a new slide based on the Title and Content layout, you'll find two placeholders. One for the slide title and the other for any single content type (see Figure 1, shown previously on this page). Each of the default layouts comprises a collection of various placeholders. If none of the available layouts work for you, you can create your own layout with custom placeholders in PowerPoint 2013, as explained in the following steps:

  1. Launch PowerPoint. You will see the  Presentation Gallery. Here, select the  Blank Presentation to open a blank presentation with a new slide. Access the View tab of the Ribbon and click the Slide Master button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
  2. Slide Master button
    Figure 2: Slide Master button within the View tab of the Ribbon
  3. This opens the Slide Master view, as shown in Figure 3. In Slide Master view, you'll see that the left pane contains two distinctly different elements: a larger thumbnail representing the Slide Master (highlighted in red within Figure 3) and several smaller slide thumbnails below representing individual Slide Layouts (highlighted in blue within Figure 3).
  4. Slide Master and Slide Layouts within PowerPoint
    Figure 3: Slide Master and Slide Layouts within PowerPoint
  5. Now, insert a new Slide Layout and make sure it is selected. We will now add one or more placeholders to this layout. Optionally, you can follow these same steps to add placeholders to any of the existing Slide Layouts. For this tutorial we have selected a new inserted slide layout, as shown in Figure 4.
  6. New Slide Layout selected
    Figure 4: New Slide Layout selected
  7. With the Slide Layout still selected, click the bottom half of the Insert Placeholder button (highlighted in red within Figure 5) within the Slide Master tab of the Ribbon.
  8. Insert Placeholder button
    Figure 5: Insert Placeholder button
  9. This brings up a drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 6.
  10. Insert Placeholder drop-down gallery
    Figure 6: Insert Placeholder drop-down gallery
  11. Note: If you click the top half of the Insert Placeholder button (highlighted in blue within Figure 5, shown earlier on this page), you will end up selecting your last-inserted placeholder type.
  12. All the placeholder types within the Insert Placeholder drop-down gallery can be populated with the content types explained below:
  13. Content

  14. A Content placeholder is a combination of seven types of content: text, pictures, charts, tables, SmartArt, media clips, and clip art. This placeholder appears almost like a text placeholder, but additionally, it contains a small palette of icons in the center, one for each of the other 6 non-text content types. Note that each Content placeholder can hold only one type of content at a time. Figure 1, earlier on this page shows a Content placeholder.
  15. Text

  16. For bulleted text.
  17. Picture

  18. For a picture.
  19. Chart

  20. For a chart.
  21. Table

  22. For a table.
  23. SmartArt

  24. For a SmartArt diagram.
  25. Media

  26. For media files such as audio or video clips.
  27. Online Image

  28. For an online image.
  29. Choose the placeholder type you want to add, and drag on the slide layout to insert the placeholder. For this tutorial we are selecting the Text placeholder. As you can see in Figure 7 below, the Text placeholder is inserted within the new slide layout (compare with Figure 4, shown earlier on this page).
  30. Text Placeholder inserted within the slide layout
    Figure 7: Text Placeholder inserted within the slide layout
  31. You can also insert multiple placeholders to create your customized layout. Figure 8, below shows our layout that contains Text, Picture, and Media placeholders (compare with Figure 7, above).
  32. Picture and Media Placeholders inserted within the slide layout
    Figure 8: Picture and Media Placeholders inserted within the slide layout
  33. 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 4 shown earlier on this page). This will get you back to Normal View.
  34. Access the Home tab of the Ribbon and click the Layout button to bring up the Layout drop-down gallery as you can see in Figure 9, below. Notice that your new layout shows up here with the name Custom Layout (highlighted in red within Figure 9), ready to be used to create a new slide.
  35. Custom Layout added with new placeholders
    Figure 9: Custom Layout added with new placeholders
  36. Note: The new layouts you create are saved as part of the presentation, and are not available in any other presentations you create. Other than adding placeholders to your new slide layouts, you can also change their slide backgrounds.

    Additionally, you can rename Slide Layouts as explained in our Duplicate, Rename, and Edit Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.

  37. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Inserting New Placeholders Within Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Inserting New Placeholders Within Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Inserting New Placeholders Within Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Inserting New Placeholders Within Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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