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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
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    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
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    Power point for the win in regards to usability here – mist May 16 '16 at 17:38
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    Unintuitive and illogical but also works on PowerPoint 2016 on the Mac. – pvillela Aug 19 '16 at 10:41
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    @AndrewMao if you have to ask that, then I guess you don't use Microsoft products. You may have heard the phrase, the customer is always right, or make the customer happy. This is true for most companies, but apparently not a good strategy if you have a monopoly ( or apparent monopoly), in this case you should treat them as badly as possible. I can not remember where I read this, but it seems to be what works. – ctrl-alt-delor May 23 '17 at 17:19
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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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