Apply a slide layout

Applies to: PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, PowerPoint for the web, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2019 for Mac, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac 2011, PowerPoint for iPhone, PowerPoint for Android phones, PowerPoint Mobile.

Every theme in PowerPoint includes a set of slide layouts—predefined arrangements for your slide content. “Placeholder” boxes give you places to plug your content into with little or no manual formatting and arranging. You choose a layout from a menu in PowerPoint, then insert your words and graphics. 

The predefined layouts include a Title slide to begin with, a general Title and Content layout, a side-by-side Comparison layout, and a Picture-with-Caption layout.

For more information about slide layouts, see What is a slide layout?


Arrange slide content with different slide layouts to suit your taste and preference, or to improve the clarity and readability of the content.

  1. Select the slide that you want to change the layout for.
  1. Select Home > Layout.
  1. Select the layout that you want.

The layouts contain placeholders for text, videos, pictures, charts, shapes, clip art, a background, and more. The layouts also contain the formatting for those objects, like theme colours, fonts, and effects.

Note: Select Home > Reset if you made layout changes you don’t like, and want to revert to the original layout. Using Reset doesn’t delete any content you’ve added.

Change the orientation of your slides

A separate Help article describes how to switch between portrait and landscape orientations:

Landscape slide orientation


Portrait slide orientation


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