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Adding New Slides To A PowerPoint Presentation

Our “How To Study” presentation is looking good. We’ve created it, saved it and have applied a snazzy looking theme. In the last lesson, we added some text to our slide and gave our presentation a title. Now we’re going to add some new slides to give our students some handy hints on studying effectively.

There are nine different layouts that a slide can have:

  1. Title Slide
  2. Title and Content
  3. Section Header
  4. Two Content
  5. Comparison
  6. Title Only
  7. Blank
  8. Content with Caption
  9. Picture with Caption

When you create a brand new blank presentation, it always comes with a blank title slide. To be honest many people only use the default title slide and Title and Content slides to create their presentations.

To add a new slide to your presentation, click Home > Slides > New Slide. If you hover over teh New Slide button, you’ll see that the button is split in two.

Add New Slides To A Presentation

If you click the bottom half of the button, you get a choice of all the different slide layouts to add.

Slide Layouts

Slide Layouts

Click on the slide layout you want to add. If, however, you click on the top half of the New Slide button a slide is added that has the same layout as the last one you added.

Let’s keep things simple and add a Title and Content slide. We can then add some text to our slide. An example of the kind of content you might add is shown below:

Organise Your Studying

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And, of course, you can keep adding more slides as you need them. You’ll notice in the image above that the text we added is bullet pointed. By default, bullet points are added to all text that you add.

WARNING! Keep saving the changes you make to your presentation by pressing ctrl-s.

Now that we know how to add new slides and then add text to those slides, let’s look at how we can format the text on those slides.

Adding Text To A Slide

We’ve created a blank PowerPoint presentation, saved it and applied a theme to it. Our new presentation has one blank slide in it. Now we are going to add some text to it.

Each slide that you add to a presentation has placeholders that you can add text to. The blank slide that each new blank presentation has includes placeholders for a title and subtitle. The image below shows one such slide with only the default Office theme applied. Don’t forget, in the previous lesson, we applied the Clarity theme.

Placeholders In PowerPoint

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To add text to a placeholder, all you have to do is click in it and start typing. Since this is a presentation about how to study, and it’s aimed at students, guess what we typed for our title and subtitle?

Title Slide

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The above slide has the Clarity theme applied. See how even a simple colour scheme with minimal styling makes the presentation look so much better? In a later lesson, we will look at styling text.

The one blank slide that always appears in a blank presentation is a Title Slide. Now that we have the title sorted out for our presentation, we need to add some information to help our students with their studying. So let’s now add more slides to our presentation.