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2.2 How to Edit Slide Layouts in PowerPoint

When you're working a PowerPoint presentation, one of the first things you'll want to look at is the slide layout. The slide layout is basically the arrangement of content on the slide itself. Slide layouts include text boxes, graphics, image placeholders and more. These really let you dial in your slide designs to match the type of content you're showcasing. Now every slide has a unique layout, but it isn't set in stone. Presentation designs built into PowerPoint itself offers some options for customizing the slide layout, but they're pretty basic. You can get a lot more flexibility by using prebuilt templates from Envato Elements. These are designed by creative professionals, and are tailored to meet the needs of presenters like you. Like we discussed in the first lesson, the first step here is to spend time picking a template that fits well with the presentation you're giving. For example, if you're trying to promote your business to potential investors, a business theme template will likely include built in layout options that match well with your goals. Once you've selected and downloaded a template it's time to get started editing the slide layout. For the purposes of this lesson, I'm using the Simphony template from Envato Elements. It's a robust and stylish PowerPoint template with a ton of amazing layouts built in. I'm looking at the first slide on the screen here. And now, let's preview a few of the built in layouts. I'll scroll down here on the side bar on the left and click on the few thumbnails to previous slide play outs. As you can see each slide include an array of content place holders. Now all you have to do is click on each one and fill in your own content, this takes TDM and guess work out of designing slides from scratch. Once you find a layout you like, you can click and drag to move the slide around in the presentation itself. Or if you want to duplicate a slide, right-click on a thumbnail here and click Duplicate Slide. This is perfect if you want several slides in a row with the exact same layout. Just change out the content and all of your layout edits will be automatically preserved. It's worth noting that this isn't the only way to change a slide layout. This next technique is especially useful if you're using a default theme that comes with PowerPoint. Let's click on Slide 24 here. As you can see in the preview, this slide is meant to include boldly contrasting text with an image background. But suppose you want to use this exact slide for text. Imagine a title across the top and two columns for the body. Luckily changing the layout of a specific slide is super easy. Make sure you're on the home tab here on PowerPoint's ribbon and then click on layout here in the upper left corner. You'll see a menu pop up with an array of different layout options. These will vary between any two templates that you might be using. Remember we said we wanted a title in two columns, taking a look at the option shown, number 54 looks perfect. Just click on the Preview and this layout at it will instantly be applied to your slide. Then just go ahead and start adding your text to build up the perfect slide. And, remember, you can always reverse these changes. Just click the undo arrow here at the top or repeat the steps and choose another layout from the layout menu. Okay that's it, we've learned how to edit slide layouts in Microsoft PowerPoint. In the next lesson, we'll learn how to edit multiple slides at once. Thanks for watching.

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