The slide layout does not include the content placeholder and the Automatic Layout Options smart tag after you insert a clip art image into a PowerPoint 2003 presentation

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When you insert a picture on a slide, the slide layout does not automatically change to a layout that includes a content placeholder. Additionally, the Automatic Layout Options smart tag does not appear. This behavior occurs even though you have selected the Automatic layout for inserted objects check box.


The Automatic layout for inserted objects check box does not apply to inserted pictures or clip art images in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003. This is a change from Microsoft PowerPoint 2002. (The Automatic layout for inserted objects check box is under Apply as you work on the AutoFormat As You Type tab.)


To work around this issue, you must select a slide layout that uses a content placeholder as part of the layout before you insert a picture or a clip art image.
  1. On the Task Pane menu, click Slide Layout.
  2. Select one of the slide layouts from either Content Layouts or Text and Content Layouts.
  3. Double-click either the Insert Picture icon or the Insert Clip Art icon in the content placeholder.
Pictures and clip art that you insert this way automatically fill the content placeholder.


Article ID: 820702 - Last Review: January 12, 2015 - Revision: 2.5
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
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