14. Introduction to layout

When creating a PowerPoint presentation, you frequently have to create slides like this one:

slide with example complex layout

With PowerPoint alone, all your options entail unsatisfactory compromises or a lot of manual work: you may use an inflexible PowerPoint table, build up the slide with text boxes and face tedious manual adjustments after text changes, or you may use a template from PowerPoint’s SmartArt or your own custom library and soon bump into the template’s limitations.

Using think-cell, you can quickly build up complex slides like the one above from simple text boxes (see Text boxes), pentagons and chevrons (see Process flow). When adding text and other elements, the slide layout is continuously re-arranged and optimized automatically. Meaningful actions like snapping together, duplicating, aligning and moving elements define a smart grid so that you never need to place or resize shapes manually.

For a rectangular, structured layout of text boxes you can use our table tool. The automatic layout adjusts positions and sizes depending on the table content and allows for very quick creaton. In addition, the table can be edited in a datasheet or linked to an Excel file, just like for charts (see Table).

You can also include elements other than text in the autmatic layout, like images (see Images).

An agenda is usually also built from carefully aligned text boxes whose position and content should remain synchronized. Chapter Agenda shows you how think-cell helps you with this.

A number of additional productivity tools make several tasks more efficient when working with presentations (see Presentation tools).