Tame your computer: slide ways


In her weekly series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'.

This week she offers advice on how to change the layout of a slide in Microsoft PowerPoint* ...

The other day I was working on a PowerPoint presentation with somebody I'm currently developing a training programme with. We're both Microsoft Office trainers and know our way around PowerPoint, so it was a great way of seeing different ways of doing something.

The favourite trick I picked up from him was definitely changing the layout of a slide. I found this particularly useful when you 'inherit' somebody else's slides and they didn't use the standard 'title placeholder' to add a title to a slide.

This means you don't see any title in the 'Outline pane' on the left hand side of your window. (Cannot cope!) And it also throws the trick of automatically creating a new slide from titles of other slides, as described in an in this series.

So if you want to change the layout you (or your colleague) chose for a certain slide, no need to delete or recreate the existing slide. Simply change the slide layout.

Here's how:

1. Select the slide you want to change.

2. On the Formatting toolbar, click Common Tasks, and then click Slide Layout. (Or select the Format, Slide Layout command.)

3. Click the layout you want, and then click Apply.

And now dig out that old tip and create a summary slide from the titles of your other slides.

* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2000. Most of what is covered however will also apply to earlier and later versions.

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28 July 2005

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd. Contact her by email Karen@roem.co.uk or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk.


Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support