Built-in Layouts

Posted: June 7, 2020 at 9:34 pm

Similar to templates and themes, built-in layouts provide heading structure and reading order for screen reader users. Inserting text boxes can cause issues with order that information is presented to screen reader users.

  • From the HOME tab, select New Slide.

PowerPoint slide layout options


  • Choose an appropriate layout and select Add Slide.
  • Ensure each new slide has a unique title.


NOTE: Using built-in layouts also allows you to maintain that same structure and reading order when the presentation is converted into a PDF document.

Write to Korey Singleton at ksinglet@gmu.edu