Video:How to Use Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windowswith Brian Smith
Using layouts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows is an easy way to get your new slide started with the elements most important to you. Watch this video tutorial from About.com to learn more about slide layouts in PowerPointSee Transcript
Transcript:How to Use Slide Layouts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Hello, I’m Brian Smith for About.com here to share some tips on using layouts in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.
What is Layout in PowerPoint
Here I have a new PowerPoint presentation open using the Aspect theme with only one blank slide. You’ll also see that I’m on the Home ribbon. Layouts in PowerPoint are sort of like individual slide templates that you can use to help build a slide with the many different types of slide elements.
Choosing a Layout in PowerPoint
To see and choose a slide layout, I’m just going to click here on the layout button. This will open a dialog box showing 9 different layouts you can choose from. This highlighted "BLANK" layout is the one that’s in use at the moment. If you select a different layout, that layout will become the new layout for your slide. I’m going to select Title Slide for example. To finish this slide, I’m going to type in a title and a subtitle.
Another important thing to know about layouts is they also work with all the different themes in PowerPoint. To brush up on Themes, be sure to see other videos at About.com
Now that we have our title slide, let's create a new slide. Notice that there are actually two parts of the New Slide button. By clicking on the icon, PowerPoint will create a new BLANK slide with a default layout. However, if you click on New Slide with the down arrow, you’ll see a layout selector. Pick the layout you would like to use and PowerPoint will create a new slide using that layout.
Adding Elements to PowerPoint Layouts
Many layouts include tools to quickly create or insert different elements into the slide. Elements like Tables, Charts, SmartArt, Pictures, Clipart or a media clip. For this example, I’m going to add a picture by clicking the picture icon and browse to a picture of a jellyfish. Once selected, PowerPoint will place the picture into my slide. Good luck exploring and using the different layouts in Microsoft PowerPoint.
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