How is it possible to implement multiple layouts within one PowerPoint file?

I tried following Microsoft Help article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/use-multiple-themes-in-one-presentation-a5648a47-1a8b-49a7-a031-23eba396ca81 Though wasn't able to set up another slide master and hence every time I changed, e.g. the layout for slide 3, every slide changed!

  • I'm uncertain what assistance you can get regarding this beyond "Set up a new master for a different layout". You haven't explained why that isn't feasible.
    – Scott
    Nov 25, 2020 at 19:29
  • @Scott I looked up tutorials but I wasn't able to use two pre-made'S from the standard
    – J. Doe
    Nov 25, 2020 at 20:52
  • Are you trying to use different themes or merely a different layout? If you create a new slide master you can change the layout all you want for that master. Themes are another matter entirely.
    – Scott
    Nov 25, 2020 at 22:13
  • PowerPoint offers you different “layouts” or “themes” when starting a new document (with the new design change comes fonts, pictures, colors, alignment, etc.) i want to use two of these designs in one doc.
    – J. Doe
    Nov 26, 2020 at 13:40

1 Answer 1

  • A "Layout" is how text and images are arranged on a slide.
  • A "Theme" contains globally predetermined appearances within the deck, i.e. fonts, sizes, colors, images, etc.

A "theme" includes a layout, but you do not have to have a theme to alter any layout.

You can manually alter the layout of any slide to match some other "theme".

You can't "combine" themes because Themes specifically designate aspects of the deck. One theme will overwrite another theme. You can't tell the slides in the deck to have a red background from Theme A while at the same time having a blue background from Theme B for a few slides. Theme settings are global.

Merely create a new master slide and manually alter that slide to anything you want - change it's colors, add a background image, etc.

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