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How can I change the default layout for a new slide in Powerpoint?

When I go to View -> Slide Master, I can edit and add new layouts (sometimes I can also delete a layout, but not always, which is odd), but I don't see an option to make a particular layout the default one.

The version I am using is Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010

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I've found a solution that works for me on PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Go to Slide Master View. You should see a master layout and several dependent layouts (indented).
  2. Find the slide layout that you want to use as default layout for new slides.
  3. Move it so that it is the third item overall counting the master layout (i.e. the second indented layout underneath the master layout)
  4. Close Slide Master View.
  5. Try to add a new slide. It should be in the layout you need.

Please let me know if this works for you.

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This works but it is super unintuitive. Why the heck would they make it the third item? – Andrew Mao Dec 9 '13 at 18:12
This works because the first is the current theme (the base for all slides), the second (which is the first in the theme) is the "Title" slide, (you can test this by deleting all slides and adding a new slide and the second in the list is the default for the first slide). This makes the third (The second in the theme) the first non-title slide. – JamesB Jun 29 '15 at 14:47
Power point for the win in regards to usability here – mist May 16 at 17:38

I could have sworn there was an easy way to do this in Powerpoint, but I don't use it anymore and Googling the issue seems to indicate that there isn't a proper in-program way to do it. This Powerpoint add-in ought to be the solution.

Note: I didn't actually test that, I run LibreOffice now. But it does appear to have a good rep on teh interwebz.

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PowerPoint has Slide Masters and Layouts.

The "default" Layout (i.e., what you get when you add a New Slide [Ctrl+M]) is set by what was taken as the layout last time. Thus to change:

  1. Add a New Slide
  2. Right click on the slide (in the slide outline [to the left]), select Layout>
  3. Click on the Layout you want as default

When you add a new slide (Ctrl+M), it should will be in this format.

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This approach is great if you create new PowerPoint files with Right-click -> New -> Microsoft Office PowerPoint Presentation (which is what I always use to create new .pptx files).

  • Create a blank presentation with all your default themes/options, and save it
  • Go to the location: C:\Windows\ShellNew
    • This is the location where the default PowerPoint is pulled from
  • Overwrite the default PowerPoint file with the one you just saved (with the same name). In my case this is PWRPNT12

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  • Go to your desktop and refresh it a few times
  • Right-click -> New -> Microsoft Office PowerPoint Presentation

You should have just created your default PowerPoint file on your desktop. Open it and see that it looks right, and this can be used to place the default file in any location. Hope this helps!

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Thanks! But what I would like to is change the default slide layout from a list of available layouts in my master slides. Do you know how to do that? – Amelio Vazquez-Reina Feb 7 '13 at 18:12
Not really, I don't. But you can always save a bunch of slide masters within the template file, and delete the rest of the unwanted masters for your presentation. That's what I always do. With MS, the best way is almost always a workaround! – prrao Feb 12 '13 at 15:44

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