Keynote for iOS (iPhone, iPod touch): Replace text and image placeholders

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Replace text and image placeholders

Most Keynote slide templates already contain placeholder text and images that you can replace with your own to quickly create a new presentation. Placeholder text boxes and images can also be dragged around and repositioned on the slide canvas, resized, or removed for simple customization of the layout templates.

Image of new slide

Replace placeholder text:

Double-tap a text placeholder and begin typing.

Replace an image placeholder:

Before you can add your own images you must first make them available on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch by syncing with iTunes. To learn about syncing, see the instructions in the device’s User Guide (in Safari bookmarks on your mobile device, tap the User Guide link, and then search for “sync”).

  1. Tap Tab Stop button in the bottom-right corner of an image placeholder to open the Photo Albums window, which displays all the photo albums that are available on your mobile device.

    If you already replaced the placeholder image, but you want to change it, tap the image to select it, and then tap Replace.

  2. In the Photo Albums window, tap an album, and then tap the image you want to appear on the slide.

    The image appears within a mask, so it may appear cropped.

  3. If you want to change the visible part of the image, double-tap the image, and then do any of the following:

    • Resize the mask by dragging the blue selection handles around its edges.

    • Recenter the image within the mask by dragging the image.

    • Resize the image within the mask by dragging the mask slider underneath the image.

  4. Tap anywhere outside the image when you’re finished.

    Double-tap the image at any time to readjust its mask.

You can freely change the position, orientation, size, or style of any text or image you added within the placeholders, or place and style additional text, images, shapes, charts, or tables on the canvas. To learn how, see the topics in the section: .

Published Date: Oct 20, 2015