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 Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or online at iCloud.com.

Keynote for Mac and iOS

Use Keynote for iOS

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. Themes contain predesigned slide layouts, which you can use a starting point for your presentation.

  1. In the presentation manager, tap Add button at the top of the screen.
  2. Tap a presentation theme.
  3. To add a slide, tap Add 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 Add button on the placeholder image, then choose your own image.

Change the look of a slide

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

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

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 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 Left button or Right button to preview slides in the new size.
  4. Tap Done.

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

Edit master slides

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

  1. Tap on the background of a slide, then tap Edit Master Slide in the menu that appears. 
  2. In the sidebar, tap a master 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 master slides, 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 Add 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 Image chooser button on the placeholder image, then choose an image.

Change the look of a slide

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

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

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 Document options > Document.
  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 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 Document options > Document.
  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 master slides

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

  1. From the menu bar, choose View > Edit Master Slides. 
  2. In the sidebar, select a master 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 master slides, 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 plus icon Add button.
  2. Double-click a theme. The presentation opens in a new tab or window in your browser.
  3. To add slides, click 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 for Mac or iOS.

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