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How to Change Slide Layouts in PowerPoint in 60 Seconds

This post is part of a series called How to Use PowerPoint in 60 Seconds (Quick Video Tutorials).
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Microsoft PowerPoint makes it easy to make sharp looking slides fast. You could spend a lot of time building out your own slides, but in this video I show you how to change slide layouts in PowerPoint quickly—putting to use pre-set styles. 

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Note: In todays tutorial, we make use of the popular Simplicity PowerPoint Template. You can also find more professional PowerPoint templates on GraphicRiver.

How to Change PowerPoint Slide Layouts Quickly


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1. Review Your Slide Layout Options

To use a layout, make sure that you're on the Home tab. Let's go ahead and insert a new slide by clicking on New Slide. Now let's click the Layout drop-down button that's right next to New Slide. 

Slide layout options in PowerPoint
PowerPoint Slide Layout options displayed for Simplicity template.

2. Choose a PowerPoint Slide Layout to Use

PowerPoint themes like the Simplicity presentation template have a great selection of layouts to use. These thumbnails are previews of what each layout looks like. I'm going to click on one of these layouts called Dark Top slide.

Change PowerPoint Slide Layout to Dark Top slide option
Change PPT Slide Layout to Dark Top slide option.

3. Quickly Change Your PowerPoint Slide Layout

You can see here that we're now working in a great looking slide. Now, we could go ahead and add our content to the slide and type into these boxes or add images for example. We could always change up our layout by clicking on Layout and choosing another layout as you're seeing me do here.

Change up your PowerPoint slide layout
Change up your Layout with another PowerPoint slide design.

Finishing Up!

Notice that our content is still on the slide, but in a different layout. Layouts are all about having pre-built elements that make it easy to build out great looking slide decks quickly.

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Note: In today's tutorial, we used the popular Simplicity PowerPoint Template. Discover additional PowerPoint design options in our Ultimate Guide to PowerPoint Templates or browse through our best PPT themes on GraphicRiver.

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