Keynote for Mac: Change the layout or theme of Keynote slides

Change the layout or theme of Keynote slides

To quickly change the look of a slide, you can apply a different master slide to it or choose a different theme for the presentation. You can also turn body text and title placeholders off to hide them on a slide.

Apply a different master to a slide

  1. In the slide navigator, click to select a slide or select multiple slides.

  2. In the Format  sidebar, click the Change Master button near the top.

  3. Select a different slide layout.

Tip: You can add a Masters button to the toolbar, which gives you quick access to all slide layouts. To learn more, see Customize the Keynote toolbar.

Reapply a master to a slide

You can reapply a master to a slide so that text and media placeholders return to their default style and position, the slide background returns to its default color or image, and placeholder objects are shown or hidden as they were by default.

Note: If you’re sharing a presentation with others, you can’t reapply master slides.

  1. In the slide navigator, click to select a slide or select multiple slides.

  2. Control-click the selected slide, then choose Reapply Master to Slide.

Show or hide title and body text placeholders

  1. In the slide navigator, click to select a slide or select multiple slides.

  2. In the Format  sidebar, select or deselect the checkboxes next to Title or Body.

Change the slide size

You can change the slide size to fit screens with different aspect ratios.

Note: You can’t change the slide size of a presentation you’re sharing with others.

  • In the Document  sidebar, click the pop-up menu below Slide Size and choose a new size. If you choose Custom Slide Size, enter slide dimensions, then click OK.

Change the presentation theme

You can change the theme of a presentation at any time. Your existing slides inherit the attributes of the new theme, including object styles, title styles, and more. If you customized anything on your slides—for example, if you changed slide backgrounds or the color of text—you can choose to retain those changes.

Note: You can’t change the theme of a presentation you’re sharing with others.

  1. Choose File > Change Theme (from the File menu at the top of your screen), then select a new theme.

  2. Deselect the “Keep your style changes” checkbox if you want the new theme styles to override your style changes.

  3. Click Choose.

Some themes aren’t downloaded to your computer until you choose them or open a presentation that uses one. If your connection is slow or you’re offline when this happens, placeholder images and slide backgrounds in the presentation may appear at a lower resolution until you’re online again or the theme finishes downloading.

Published Date: Jun 27, 2019
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