Introduce the concept of layers to Powerpoint Templates
As the title says, Microsoft should introduce the concept of content layers, particularly for the Templates, with a minimum of 3 layers: background, content, foreground! It is currentlyimpossible, for example, to have page numbers, or logos, or whatever, that are part of the template to allways show on top, simply because the regular content (entered by the user in the actual slides) will always be "above" the template content... In all honesty, this is pretty silly and severily limiting any real template design.
Layers are _not_ necessary. Microsoft simply needs to respect the master stacking order on the slide, that's all. Here are 4 workarounds until this gets fixed: http://www.brandwares.com/bestpractices/2019/08/logos-over-photos-best-practices/
I use loop videos. Without layers, the video doesn't start playing until the transition to the slide has completed. And the video stops, when transitioning to the next slide, as soon as the transition starts. If you're using the fade transition. it looks weird. This stops the action and looks unprofessional. Also if stopping the slide while a video is in play, the slide reverts back to the beginning of the video instead of stopping at the point of the video when the stop is activated. Help!
Cindy Tingley commented
Totally agree that this would be a very useful update!
Debra Rammell commented
May be this can be done in Windows now but can it be applied to PowerPoint for Mac? Even with a smartart graphic, I can't seem to keep the order from the slide master being the same on the actual slide.
David Christian Berg commented
I'm missing this feature since more than 15 years now, hoping that with each release it will finally be introduced, because it is such a no-brainer.
I would LOVE this! Especially because I would like to create a template where the user can add their own image UNDER a transparent color block (changing the color of the image). But currently there is no option to do this (other than provide the color block in the front end and *hope* they use it correctly (spoiler alert: they won't). Also I agree with wanting to keep the page number, our company logo, and our corporate copyright info visible on every slide!
I'd take this a bit further and ask that a user (most likely the person designing the master/layout) be able to choose the desired behavior of master shapes as they appear on slides. A very common request, for example, is to be able to include a picture placeholder/content placeholder on the layout so the end-user can click it and select a picture to appear on a slide WITHOUT the picture covering up other content on the slide itself.
Does Microsoft want to continue into the 21st century? Wake up to one of the most commonly asked for changes on answers.microsoft.com: The stacking order on the Master and Layout must also apply to the slide! Duh!
Daniel Smith commented
This is the most common request I get from clients and it's absurd that Powerpoint still cannot do this.
In all versions of PowerPoint, an image placeholder stacked behind an autoshape on a slide layout will display the placeholder stacked above the autoshape on a slide. The stacking or z-order of layout placeholders and shapes should be displayed the same way on slides.