Manage Placeholder

Change Text in a Placeholder

Using Aspose.Slides for .NET, developers can also find and modify a specific Placeholder present in a slide. In this topic, we are going to demonstrate with the help of an example that how the text contained inside a Placeholder can be replaced or modified using Aspose.Slides for .NET. The following two steps will be used to modify text in Placeholder.

Step 1: Create a Slide Containing a Placeholder

First of all, create a presentation file with a slide containing a Placeholder. You can create this presentation either MS PowerPoint. This is just the demonstration of replacing text in a Placeholder, so, you can create this presentation by yourself. This presentation will be used in the next step and the text in its Placeholder will be replaced.

Step 2: Replace Text of the Placeholder

To replace the text of a Placeholder, please follow the steps below:

  • Create an instance of Presentation class.
  • Obtain the reference of a slide by using its Index.
  • Iterate through the Shapes and find the Placeholder shapes.
  • Typecast the Placeholder shape to AutoShape and change the text using the TextFrame associated with the AutoShape.
  • Write the modified presentation as a PPTX file.
// Instantiate Presentation class that represents PPTX// Instantiate Presentation class that represents PPTX
using (Presentation pres = new Presentation("ReplacingText.pptx"))

    // Access first slide
    ISlide sld = pres.Slides[0];

    // Iterate through shapes to find the placeholder
    foreach (IShape shp in sld.Shapes)
        if (shp.Placeholder != null)
            // Change the text of each placeholder
            ((IAutoShape)shp).TextFrame.Text = "This is Placeholder";

    // Save the PPTX to Disk
    pres.Save("output_out.pptx", Aspose.Slides.Export.SaveFormat.Pptx);

Set Prompt Text in a Placeholder

As we know that Standard and pre-built layouts contain placeholders with default text like Click to add a title or Click to add subtitle. Using Aspose.Slides you can add prompt text manually by accessing the default placeholders.

The code snippet below shows how to use this feature:

using (Presentation pres = new Presentation("Presentation2.pptx"))
    ISlide slide = pres.Slides[0];
    foreach (IShape shape in slide.Slide.Shapes) // iterate through the slide
        if (shape.Placeholder != null && shape is AutoShape)
            string text = "";
            if (shape.Placeholder.Type == PlaceholderType.CenteredTitle) //PowerPoint displays "Click to add title". 
                text = "Add Title";
            else if (shape.Placeholder.Type == PlaceholderType.Subtitle) //add subtitle.
                text = "Add Subtitle";

            ((IAutoShape)shape).TextFrame.Text = text;

            Console.WriteLine($"Placeholder with text: {text}");

    pres.Save("Placeholders_PromptText.pptx", SaveFormat.Pptx);