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    Slide Layouts (2003/SP1)

    Dear all,

    I am hoping someone can put me out of my misery! I have been tasked with creating a new .pot for the company to use. Management have very rigid idea about the layout they want users to follow and have given me a mock-up of how presentations should look, i.e., if a user is inserting a slide with a graph, it has to be a certain type of graph with only certain colours etc.

    I already know about title/slide masters and colour schemes, however, I am driving myself crazy trying to figure out how to manipulate the available slide layouts so that, by default, they adhere to management's requested 'look'. I've just about reached the conclusion that editing the default slide layouts is not possible, nor is it possible to create new slide layouts, however, thought I'd better check whether or not I'm I right in thinking that?

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    Re: Slide Layouts (2003/SP1)

    I'm afraid you're correct. You can't edit the existing slide layouts, nor create new ones.

    You could create a sample presentation with slides of different types adhering to the required format, e.g. a slide with a sample chart, a slide with a sample org chart, etc. Make this presentation available on the network (read-only to standard users). The users can copy sample slides into their own presentations and edit the text etc. You could even create a custom toolbar with a button for each slide type, so that inserting them is only one mouse click.

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    Re: Slide Layouts (2003/SP1)

    Thanks Hans. I thought I'd have to resort to something like that. I can rest up now - I was worried that there was something I just wasn't getting!

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    Re: Slide Layouts (2003/SP1)

    If you build the sample slide and include it when saving the .pot. It will be available when the user creates the new presentation. No copying from another presentation is required.
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    Re: Slide Layouts (2003/SP1)

    That does sound simpler than the alternative... creating some kind of procedure in an add-in that "fixes" the position of the placeholders on slides when a new layout is applied. (I think that would be possible in theory, but it seems rather messy to automate.)

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    Re: Slide Layouts (2003/SP1)

    Violet

    Just adding my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> worth. My company went through complete re-branding about 3 years ago and that included stationary and custom/corporate ppt files. In the end we had about 5 formats produced, master slide and graphs etc all using different colour themes. Ultimately we had them linked for download on our intranet. Amazingly the staff and managers warmed to it.
    Jerry

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