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Creating "Pseudo-Subtitles"


PowerPoint allows you to have a slide with TItle and Subtitle.
PowerPoint allows you to have a slide with Title and Body Text.
PowerPoint won't give you a slide with all three: Title, Subtitle and Body Text.

You can create a Title+BodyText slide and add another text box for your subtitle, but that leaves a lot to be desired.


If you plan to put a subtitle on all (or most) of your text slides, you can make PowerPoint do the job for you. You just have to trick it into making what IT thinks are first-level bullet points look like subtitles to YOU.

To see an example, have a look at this sample Pseudo-Subtitles PowerPoint presentation. It's a plain as they get (the better not to distract you with). Download it, open it and have a look at the way the Slide Master is formatted.

Another Approach

The trick above assumes that most, if not all of your slides will need a subtitle in addition to body text. For those slides that don't need it, you can easily enough adjust the text position to compensate.

If fewer slides need subtitles, and if it's not important that the subtitles be part of the presentation's outline, try PPTools ShapeStyles, a powerful PowerPoint add-in that lets you pick up and memorize the formatting of any PowerPoint shape, then reapply that formatting to any other shape with a single button click.

With ShapeStyles, you can create a "Subhead" style that automatically creates, formats and positions a new subhead on your slide with one click, and even selects it so all you need to do is type in the text.

And like PowerPoint's own placeholders, ShapeStyle styles can be set to automatically update when you change the style.

The free ShapeStyles demo lets you create up to five styles, so if adding subheads to PowerPoint slides is your only formatting problem, PPTools has you covered.

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Creating "Pseudo-Subtitles"
Last update 07 June, 2011