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Changing Slide Properties in PowerPoint
The following article is a transcript from a our video product, "Intro to Powerpoint XP."

Let’s examine in more detail the slide properties and what slide elements we can change. There are basically three slide options that we can modify: the slide design (template), layout, and its background.

Go to the file menu and select [Format] and you'll see these three options. Click on any of them, and the options will appear in the task pane.

The Slide Design
You’ve already seen the different slide designs when you picked a global template for your presentation. When you click on a template thumbnail, all the slides change. However, if you want to change only the current slide, you should click on the little arrow to the right of the thumbnail and choose "apply to Selected Slides."

The Slide Layout

Here you can change the layout type to the current slide. For example, you could change a single-column bulleted list to a double-column list.

Finally, you can change the background color of your slide. Most templates already have a background color but you can easily change it. One nifty effect you can try are the background fill effects. These let you create attractive color gradients.



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