Identify Slide Master Layout

Is there an easy way to identify which slides are using which layout from the Slide Master? At times I will end up with a couple Master Layouts, and cannot identify which slides use Master Layout. So I have to go slide-by-slide and click on "Apply Layout" to see which layout that specific slide is using. This is especially burdensome when I accidentally have assigned 1 slide to a master I am wanting to delete. 

9 Replies
Jeff Miller

Chester, that's one idea, but not quite what I was looking for. I'm not seeing the benefit of having an "icon" on the slide versus looking at the "Apply Layout". Both would require me to look at each slide individually, unless I misunderstand what you are saying.

I don't think I asked my question very well. Is there a single-shop-stop way to determine that Layout X is used on Slide 1-2, 1-4, and 2-2, while Layout Y is used on 1-1, 1-3, and 2-1, WITHOUT going and looking at each individual slide.

Chester Arvin Morales

Yeah, I think we can only see how many slides are using a certain layout but we can't identify which slide is using which layout.

Drawing something on a layout makes it easier for me to identify which slide is using it. I would be able to see it at Story View, even without opening Apply Layout.

Jeff Miller

Lauren, I am a aware that I can look at the Slide Masters to see how many slides are using a particular layout. That isn't my question. My question is, other than looking at each individual slide in the presentation, is there a way to determine which slide is using which layout? Chester has 1 solution, which would work in the Story view, and I can look at each slide in the slide view and opening the "change layout" dropdown. But where, if any, can I do this in 1 step?

Patti Swiech

Hi all,

I am having a similar situation where I have uploaded a slide master to my project and when I right click on a slide and try to apply a layout, it is not apparent which one I am apply, i.e., is it a blank slide or one with two columns or with a subtitle and text, etc.  So I sometimes apply the wrong layout and essentially have to 'guess' which one is the one I need  I have attached a screen shot of what I see.  Any advice is appreciated.I

Walt Hamilton

Go to Slide Master View, and name the layouts that you use. I personally would give them meaningful names, and delete the rest. The names show up in Apply Layout.  Other than if you have a special layout for a Title or end slide, the only difference between the rest of them is where the placeholders are, and for me. it's very seldom that the placeholders correspond with where I need my slide objects. If I were to use layouts, I would use blank ones, but when I have a useful slide, I duplicate it, and begin from there.

Patti Swiech

Thanks Walt. I will give this a try!

Best regards,

Patti Swiech

Patti Swiech
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