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PowerPoint Slide Layouts Explained

This video will explain the nine common slide layouts available in PowerPoint. In this YouTube channel, I highlight ways to improve your presentation skills and slide design by covering both basic and advanced presentation strategies such as highlighting animation techniques PowerPoint and Apple Keynote and doing reviews of software, books, and trends.

What are Slide Layouts?

Slide layouts are preset content layouts for displaying different types of content like text or images in different ways. Slide layouts are placeholders for text, pictures, charts, icons, SmartArt, tables, or video. When you click the small down arrow next to the new slide button, there are several slide layouts available.

Explain of Each Layout Type

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    The Title Slide is the default slide layout when you start creating a slide deck. The larger text is for the main title and smaller text if for a subtitle.
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    The Title and Content slide layout is the second most common layout used in traditional slide decks. The smaller placeholder at the top is a title and underneath it the placeholder allows you to insert different types of content like text, pictures, charts, icons, SmartArt, tables, or video.
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    The Section Header layout is often used to indicate a change in content or focus. It looks similar to the Title slide layout, but the default dimensions of the placeholder are wider.
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    The Two Content layout is like the Title and Content slide. It allows for two pieces of content to reside next to each other. The content in both placeholders can be similar like a bulleted list or different like a list and picture.
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    The Comparison layout is the same as the Two Content layout with the addition of two placeholders for subtitles or labels.
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    The Title Only layout has just a title placeholder at the top of the slide. This is good is you prefer to use background images as your content.
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    The Blank layout is what the name implies. There are no placeholders for content on the slide. Use this option if you have content different from the options available in the other layouts.
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    The Content with Caption provides a slightly different layout for displaying text and other content like a table or video.
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    The Picture with Caption layout is the same layout as Content with Caption except the placeholder is only for an image. If hope you got value from this video.


And as always, I am curious to hear about your experiences.  What slide layouts do you use most commonly when you are creating a PowerPoint slide deck? Let me know in the comments.

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