Set up your presentation in Keynote

Learn how to choose a theme, add slides, and then change the look and aspect ratio of your presentation on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or online at iCloud.com.

MacBook Pro and iPad Pro with the same Keynote document open

Use Keynote on iPhone or iPad

Learn how to choose a theme, add content, change the look of a slide, and more.

Choose a theme and add content

To create a Keynote presentation, first choose a theme or create an outline. Themes contain predesigned slide layouts, which you can use as a starting point for your presentation.

  1. In the presentation manager, tap the Create Presentation button  at the top of the screen. If you're currently editing a presentation, tap  (on iPhone) or tap Presentations (on iPad) to open the presentation manager.
  2. Tap Choose a Theme, then tap a theme.
  3. To add a slide, tap the Add Slide button  at the bottom of the screen, then tap a slide layout.
  4. To add your own text, double-tap placeholder text. 
  5. To replace a placeholder image, tap the Replace Media button  on the placeholder image, then choose your own image.

Change the slide size

You can change the slide size to fit screens with different aspect ratios. Any existing content might be moved to accommodate the new aspect ratio.

  1. Tap the More button  > Document Setup.
  2. Tap Slide Size, then tap a new size.
  3. If you choose Custom, enter the slide dimensions, then tap Done. Tap the Previous Slide button  or Next Slide button  to preview slides in the new size.
  4. Tap Done.

Change the look of a slide

To quickly change the look of a slide, you can apply a different slide layout to it. When you change a slide's layout, any content you've already added appears in the new layout.

  1. Select one or more slides.
  2. Tap the Format button , then tap Layout.
  3. Swipe to see all of the slide layouts, then tap one to apply it. 

You can also change the background of a slide.

Change the look of your entire presentation

To quickly change the look of your entire presentation, you can choose a new theme at any time. If you added content, it's placed in the slides of the new theme. Any customizations you've made, like changing the color of text, appear in the new theme.

  1. Tap the More button  > Document Setup.
  2. Tap a theme, or swipe left to see more themes.
  3. Tap Done.

Edit slide layouts

To quickly make changes to multiple slides in your presentation at once, you can edit slide layouts. You can change the layout of a slide and add text, images, and any objects. Changes to slide layouts affect the slides in your presentation that use the same slide layout.

  1. Tap on the background of a slide, then tap Edit Slide Layout in the menu that appears. 
  2. In the sidebar, tap a slide that you want to edit.
  3. Choose what you want to do. You can rearrange content and add text, images, and any objects to the slide.
  4. When you’re done editing slide layouts, tap Done in the upper-right corner.


Use Keynote for Mac

Learn how to choose a theme, add content, change the look of a slide, and more.

Choose a theme and add content

  1. In Keynote, choose File > New, then double-click the theme you want to use in the theme chooser. If the theme chooser doesn't appear, hold the Option key, choose File > New from Theme Chooser, then double-click the theme you want to use.
  2. To add a slide, click the Add Slide button  in the toolbar, then click a slide layout.
  3. To add your own text, double-click placeholder text. 
  4. To replace a placeholder image, click the Replace Media button  on the placeholder image, then choose an image.

Change the slide size

You can change the slide size to fit screens or projectors with different aspect ratios. Any existing content might be moved to accommodate the new aspect ratio.

  1. Click the Document button , then click the Document tab.
  2. Choose a slide size from the Slide Size pop-up menu.
  3. If you chose Custom Slide Size, enter the slide dimensions, then click OK.

Change the look of a slide

To quickly change the look of a slide, you can apply a different slide layout to it. When you change a slide's layout, any content you've already added appears in the new layout.

  1. Click the View button , select Navigator, then select the slides in the Navigator that you want to change.
  2. Click the Format button , click Change Layout, then click a slide layout to apply it to the selected slides.

You can also change the background of a slide.

Change the look of your entire presentation

To change the look of your entire presentation, choose a new theme at any time. If you added content, it's placed in the slides of the new theme.

  1. Click the Document button , then click the Document tab.
  2. Click Change Theme.
  3. Double-click a new theme. 
  4. To make sure any customizations you've made, like text color, appear in the new theme, select "Keep your style changes." 
  5. You can always undo a theme change if you preferred your previous theme.

Edit slide layouts

To quickly make changes to multiple slides in your presentation at once, you can edit slide layouts. You can change the layout of a slide layout and add text, images, and any objects. Changes to slide layouts affect the slides in your presentation that use the same slide layout.

  1. From the menu bar, choose View > Edit Slide Layouts. 
  2. In the sidebar, select a slide layout that you want to edit. 
  3. Choose what you want to do. You can rearrange content and add text, images, and any objects to the slide.
  4. When you’re done editing slide layouts, click Done in the lower-right corner.


Keynote for iCloud

You can choose a theme when you create a new Keynote presentation online at iCloud.com.

  1. In the presentation manager, click the Create Presentation button .
  2. Double-click a theme. The presentation opens in a new tab or window in your browser.
  3. To add slides, click the Add button  in the slide navigator, then click a slide layout.
  4. To add your own text to a slide, double-click the placeholder text. 
  5. To add your own image to a slide, drag an image from your computer to the placeholder image.

If you want to change the look of slides, slide size, or the theme after initially creating your presentation in Keynote for iCloud, open your presentation in Keynote on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. You can also change the background of a slide.

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