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Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2007 Training : 

Microsoft® Office PowerPoint® 2007 Training Discover the power of custom layouts

Course contents : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Course contents Overview: Choices that suit your content Lesson: The power of layouts The lesson includes a list of suggested tasks and a set of test questions.

Overview: Choices that suit your content : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Overview: Choices that suit your content Would you like more slide layout choices than those available in the built-in layouts? Want to create a slide arrangement that perfectly suits your company’s slide content? Take this course to learn about working in Slide Master view to create your own layout. You’ll find out how to add and arrange placeholders, insert a picture, and then save the layout to use over and over in future presentations.

Course goals : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Course goals Create a custom slide layout. Add a picture (logo) to your layout. Use the custom slide layout in your presentation. Save the custom slide layout for reuse in future presentations.

Lesson : 

Lesson The power of layouts

The power of layouts : 

Discover the power of custom layouts The power of layouts Imagine that you’ve just been hired by Margie’s Travel to create slide decks for its expansion into tropical vacation tours. While PowerPoint’s built-in slide layouts are good, they’re not exactly what you’re looking for. But you can get exactly the slide layout that you want without having to repeatedly customize slide after slide. You can also reuse your new layout in other presentations.

Layouts and placeholders : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Layouts and placeholders Before jumping into creating a custom layout, let’s spend a minute examining layouts and placeholders. Layouts specify the overall arrangement of slide content, while placeholders contain the individual pieces that you can arrange to your liking. All slides have a default layout, but you can override it with another.

Layouts and placeholders : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Layouts and placeholders The picture shows the basic placeholders on a slide. Title and Subtitle placeholders (boxes with dotted borders) Text placeholder with placeholder selected

Layouts and placeholders : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Layouts and placeholders The picture shows the basic placeholders on a slide. Content placeholder used for both body text and slide content such as clip art, SmartArt graphics, tables, shapes, pictures, and charts Header and footer (Date, Footer, Slide Number) placeholders

Go to Slide Master view : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Go to Slide Master view Here’s the same slide in Normal view and Slide Master view. To open Slide Master view, on the View tab, in the Presentation Views group, click Slide Master. Before you create your custom slide layout, let’s spend a moment learning more about Slide Master view.

Slide Master view : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Slide Master view Slide Master view is a behind-the-scenes view that lets you see and change placeholders and layouts, and make across-the-board changes. Thumbnails of the layouts appear under the slide master because layouts, along with information such as theme colors, fonts, effects, and background styles, are part of the design shown in the slide master.

Slide Master view : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Slide Master view The picture shows the elements of Slide Master view. Slide master thumbnail Layout thumbnails Slide master slide in main slide area

Slide Master view : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Slide Master view In Slide Master view, placeholders can contain only text, even though this text doesn’t appear in your presentation and doesn’t print. Rather, it is custom prompt text, there to remind you of what to do in the placeholder. For example, when creating a presentation in Normal view, you may see Click to add text, which is the default custom prompt text for the text placeholder.

Create a custom layout : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Create a custom layout Here’s how to add a custom layout. Click Insert Layout. Newly inserted custom layouts have four placeholders: the Title and three Footers (Date, Footer, and Slide Number).

Create a custom layout : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Create a custom layout Here’s how to add a custom layout. To easily find and reuse your custom layout later, click the Rename button, type a name you can easily recognize in the Layout name box in the Rename Layout dialog box, and then click Rename.

Add and arrange placeholders : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Add and arrange placeholders Now it’s time to build your custom layout. The picture shows how placeholders can be added and aligned on the Master title slide. The process in a nutshell: You insert a picture placeholder to hold a tantalizing vacation photo; insert a text placeholder to hold the price of the tours; and align the placeholders as shown in the picture. You can then insert a second text placeholder and a table placeholder for the additional information.

Add a logo : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Add a logo If you want the company logo to appear on the tropical vacation slides that use your layout, you’ll add it to the custom layout. Click Picture, locate the logo file, and then click Insert. Do the following:

Add a logo : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Add a logo Caution: Pictures, particularly high-resolution photographs, can quickly inflate the file size of your presentation. So you’ll want to optimize your pictures to make them as small as possible.

Use your custom layout : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Use your custom layout Now that you’ve created the custom layout with the logo, you can return to Normal view. Your custom layout is now available for use in this presentation. And the easiest way to use your custom layout is to add new slide to your presentation.

Use your custom layout : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Use your custom layout So on the Home tab, in the Slides group, click New Slide, and then click Tropical vacation layout. Slide 2 in the presentation before you add the layout Your custom layout inserted after slide 2 The before and after:

Save as a template : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Save as a template You can save your presentation as a template. The advantages are that you can: Use the exact slide layout in other presentations. Apply the template to existing presentations to quickly update the way they look.

Save as a template : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Save as a template You can save your presentation as a template. The advantages are that you can: Use the template to quickly create a new presentation. Easily share your template file with others in your company.

Save as a template : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Save as a template Here’s how to save the presentation as a template file. Click the Microsoft Office Button, point to Save As, and then click Other Formats. In the File name box, type a file name that you will recognize. In the Save as type list, click PowerPoint Template (*.potx), and then click Save.

Save as a template : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Save as a template To use your template, instead of selecting a blank presentation after clicking New, select your template from My Templates, as shown here. After you apply the template to a presentation, any custom and built-in layouts are available from the New Slide and Layout galleries on the Home tab, in the Slides group.

Suggestions for practice : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Suggestions for practice Open Slide Master view. Insert and rename a custom layout. Add and arrange placeholders. Add a logo to your layout. Use your layout. Save as a template. Use the template to create a new presentation. Online practice (requires PowerPoint 2007)

Test question 1 : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Test question 1 You can create custom layouts in any view. (Pick one answer.) True. False.

Test question 1: Answer : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Test question 1: Answer False. You create custom layouts in Slide Master view.

Test question 2 : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Test question 2 To have a picture appear in all slides, where do you add it? (Pick one answer.) To the slides you want to see it on. To the slide master. All layouts.

Test question 2: Answer : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Test question 2: Answer To the slide master. Any picture or other object that you add to the slide master, such as a shape or SmartArt graphic, appears on all of your slides.

Test question 3 : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Test question 3 A custom layout can be useful because of which of the following? (Pick one answer.) You can create it once and then use it for multiple presentations. It is flexible and gives you more options than the built-in layouts. You can have multiple custom layouts in the same presentation. You can easily create a slide arrangement that exactly matches your company’s slide content. All of the above.

Test question 3: Answer : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Test question 3: Answer All of the above. They’re all excellent reasons to create a custom layout.

Quick Reference Card : 

Discover the power of custom layouts Quick Reference Card For a summary of the tasks covered in this course, view the Quick Reference Card.

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