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Weekly Computer Tip # 117
2 July 2005

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Change the slide layout (Microsoft PowerPoint)

Last week I was working on a PowerPoint presentation with somebody I'm currently developing a training program with. We're both Microsoft Office trainers and know our way around PowerPoint, so it was a great way of seeing different ways of doing something. The favourite trick I picked up from him was definitely changing the layout of a slide. (Thanks, Manish!) I found this particularly useful when you "inherit" somebody else's slides and they didn't use the standard "title placeholder" to add a title to a slide. This means you don't see any title in the "Outline pane" on the left hand side of your window. (Cannot cope!) And it also throws the trick of automatically creating a new slide from titles of other slides, as described in tip # 83 (http://www.roem.co.uk/tip_83.html).

So if you want to change the layout you (or your colleague) chose for a certain slide, no need to delete or recreate the existing slide. Simply change the slide layout.

Here's how:

  1. Select the slide you want to change.
  2. On the Formatting toolbar, click Common Tasks, and then click Slide Layout. (Or select the Format, Slide Layout command.)
  3. Click the layout you want, and then click Apply.

And now dig out tip # 83 and create a summary slide from the titles of your other slides.

On another note ...

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Until next week.

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