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Welcome to these tutorials, many of which were unique concepts when first published!


logic: of presentations

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7: things that jump around

logic: ensure on-slide elements are consistently positioned

PowerPoint’s Slide Layouts control objects on a slide based on a particular format. Place content in Placeholders and you can quickly reposition content across the whole presentation, which is consistent across slides.

When you first load the Layout section of the Task Pane (View| Task Pane), you will get 4 Layout groups: Text, Content, Text and Content and Other Layouts. The real trick with PowerPoint is to use these as often as possible. If you enter content into Placeholders (the objects that hold content), you can take advantage of other features such as Slide Designs and colour schemes.

The easiest way to find your default Layouts is to right click on the slide:

powerpoint 2010 layouts graphic

Placeholders derive form the slide master, so you can add or modify Placeholders there. adding elements to placeholders will ensure a consistent location for your elements. You can also apply different themes and the elements will take on the new theme effects better.





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