Unfortunately, PowerPoint versions before 2007 don’t have a feature to let you create custom layouts that appear in the Layout taskpane.
Suppose you’re a sales manager and create lots of comparison slides to train your sales reps. Here’s an example:
Thankfully, PowerPoint 2007 and later allow you to create custom layouts, using one of 8 placeholders:
- Clip Art
Follow these steps to create a custom layout:
- Click the View tab, then click the Slide Master button in the Presentation Views group. The slide master appears.
- On the Slide Master tab, in the Edit Master group, choose Insert Layout. A new layout appears in the left pane.
- Again on the Slide Master tab, in the Master Layout group, click the Insert Placeholder button’s down arrow and choose one of the 8 placeholder types.
- Drag on the slide to size and place the placeholder.
- Place more placeholders, laying them out as needed.
- When you’re done, click the layout in the left pane, and display the Slide Master tab. In the Edit Master group, click the Rename button. Enter a name and click Rename.
- The presentation now contains the new layout and you can choose it the same way you’d choose any of the standard layouts for any slide.
- If you want to use the layout in the future, save the file as a template (.potx, or .potm if it contains macros) or theme (thmx).