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The presentation is set for Right-to-Left layout direction rather than Left-to-Right. This can happen when the presentation was created on a computer or PPT version set to use Hebrew, Arabic or some other Right-to-Left language. Thanks to PPT MVP John Wilson for helping to track this one down and providing test files to work with.


The quick fix:
If you prefer a macro that you can re-use, this code will switch the layout direction each time you run it. If the presentation is Left-to-Right, it makes it Right-to-Left and vice versa.
Sub ToggleDirection()

    If ActivePresentation.LayoutDirection = ppDirectionMixed Then
        MsgBox "Presentation has mixed layout direction; cannot change"
        Exit Sub
    End If

    If ActivePresentation.LayoutDirection = ppDirectionRightToLeft Then
        MsgBox "Presentation was Right to Left" & vbCrLf _
& "Converting it to Left to Right"
        ActivePresentation.LayoutDirection = ppDirectionLeftToRight
        MsgBox "Presentation was Left to Right" & vbCrLf _
& "Converting it to Right to Left"
        ActivePresentation.LayoutDirection = ppDirectionRightToLeft
    End If

End Sub
See How do I use VBA code in PowerPoint? to learn how to use this example code.
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