Manage Placeholder

Change Text in Placeholder

Using Aspose.Slides for Java, you can find and modify placeholders on slides in presentations. Aspose.Slides allows you to make changes to the text in a placeholder.

Prerequisite: You need a presentation that contains a placeholder. You can create such a presentation in the standard Microsoft PowerPoint app.

This is how you use Aspose.Slides to replace the text in the placeholder in that presentation:

  1. Instantiate the Presentation class. and pass the presentation as an argument.
  2. Get a slide reference through its index.
  3. Iterate through the shapes to find the placeholder.
  4. Typecast the placeholder shape to an AutoShape and change the text using the TextFrame associated with the AutoShape.
  5. Save the modified presentation.

This Java code shows how to change the text in a placeholder:

// Instantiates a Presentation class
Presentation pres = new Presentation("ReplacingText.pptx");
try {

    // Accesses the first slide
    ISlide sld = pres.getSlides().get_Item(0);

    // Iterates through shapes to find the placeholder
    for (IShape shp : sld.getShapes()) 
        if (shp.getPlaceholder() != null) {
            // Changes the text in each placeholder
            ((IAutoShape) shp).getTextFrame().setText("This is Placeholder");

    // Saves the presentation to disk"output_out.pptx", SaveFormat.Pptx);
} finally {
    if (pres != null) pres.dispose();

Set Prompt Text in Placeholder

Standard and pre-built layouts contain placeholder prompt texts such as Click to add a title or Click to add a subtitle. Using Aspose.Slides, you can insert your preferred prompt texts into placeholder layouts.

This Java code shows you how to set the prompt text in a placeholder:

Presentation pres = new Presentation("Presentation.pptx");
try {
    ISlide slide = pres.getSlides().get_Item(0);
    for (IShape shape : slide.getSlide().getShapes()) // Iterates through the slide
        if (shape.getPlaceholder() != null && shape instanceof AutoShape)
            String text = "";
            if (shape.getPlaceholder().getType() == PlaceholderType.CenteredTitle) // PowerPoint displays "Click to add title" 
                text = "Add Title";
            else if (shape.getPlaceholder().getType() == PlaceholderType.Subtitle) // Adds subtitle
                text = "Add Subtitle";

            System.out.println("Placeholder with text: " + text);
    }"Placeholders_PromptText.pptx", SaveFormat.Pptx);
} finally {
    if (pres != null) pres.dispose();

Set Placeholder Image Transparency

Aspose.Slides allows you to set the transparency of the background image in a text placeholder. By adjusting the transparency of the picture in such a frame, you can make the text or the image stand out (depending on the text’s and picture’s colors).

This Java code shows you how to set the transparency for a picture background (inside a shape):

Presentation presentation = new Presentation("example.pptx");

IAutoShape shape = (IAutoShape) presentation.getSlides().get_Item(0).getShapes().get_Item(0);

IImageTransformOperationCollection operationCollection = shape.getFillFormat().getPictureFillFormat().getPicture().getImageTransform();
for (int i = 0; i < operationCollection.size(); i++)
    if(operationCollection.get_Item(i) instanceof AlphaModulateFixed)
        AlphaModulateFixed alphaModulate = (AlphaModulateFixed)operationCollection.get_Item(i);
        float currentValue = 100 - alphaModulate.getAmount();
        System.out.println("Current transparency value: " + currentValue);

        int alphaValue = 40;
        alphaModulate.setAmount(100 - alphaValue);
}"example_out.pptx", SaveFormat.Pptx);