A slide layout is an arrangement of placeholders which are designed to help you position your slide content.
The layout refers to the way that the objects are arranged on the slides.
A slide layout will contain placeholder for particular objects (e.g. text, charts, clipart etc).
Depending on which slide layout you use will depend on where PowerPoint positions your content.
There are several different types of placeholder that can appear on your slide layouts:
Every slide has a slide layout that controls how the information is arranged on the slide.
A slide layout is just a collection of one or more placeholders which set aside an area of the slide to hold certain information.

Slide Layout Task Pane

You can change a slides layout template by selecting (Format > Slide Layout) to display the slide layout task pane.
Using this task pane is the only way to change the slide layout.
There are 24 different slide layouts to choose from and these are described in more detail on the next page.

Show when inserting new slides - When you insert a new slide you can display the slide layout task pane automatically.

All the slides are based on slide layouts.
You can also insert a new slide from within the task pane. Point to the layout you want the slide to have, click the arrow, and then click Insert New Slide.

Shortcut Keys

(Ctrl + P) - Displays the (File > Print) dialog box.
(Ctrl + Shift + F12) - Displays the (File > Print) dialog box.


(Print tab, Background printing) - Prints presentations in the background, so that you can continue working in PowerPoint while you print.
(Print tab, Print TrueType fonts as graphics) - Prints TrueType fonts as graphic images rather than downloading the TrueType fonts to your printer.
(Print tab, Print inserted objects at printer resolution) - Prints objects at the printer's default resolution.
(Print tab, Print the most recently used print settings) - Prints the presentation using the same print settings as the last print job.
(Print tab, Use the following print settings) - Prints the presentation using the print settings defined below.

Tools > AutoCorrect

(AutoFormat as you type tab, Automatic layout for inserted objects) - Automatically changes the slide layout to accommodate any additional objects.


(View tab, Slide Layout task pane when inserting new slides) - Displays the Slide Layout task pane every time you insert a new slide. This lets you change the slide layout of the new slide.

When you print on both sides of the paper you may want mirror pages (i.e. the left margin of the left pages is the same as the right margin on the right pages. A gutter adds an additional space to the margins.
You can control the margins for each paragraph.
To change the margins for part of a document, highlight the text first before pressing (File > Page Setup). In the "Apply to box" make sure you choose "selected text". Word will automatically insert breaks before and after any text with different margin settings.
If your document is already divided into sections and you select (File > Page Setup) without highlighting any text, the "apply to" box will default to changing the margins in the whole section.


Margins measure the amount of space that appears on a page between the edge of the page and the text.
The margins initially apply to the whole document but using sections will allow you to change the margins for different portions of your document.

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