The function will return a list that complies with expected format for argument location of function ph_with. A placeholder will be used as template and its positions will be updated with values left, top, width, height.

  left = 1,
  top = 1,
  width = 4,
  height = 3,
  newlabel = "",
  type = NULL,
  id = 1,


left, top, width, height

place holder coordinates in inches.


a label for the placeholder. See section details.


placeholder type to look for in the slide layout, one of 'body', 'title', 'ctrTitle', 'subTitle', 'dt', 'ftr', 'sldNum'. It will be used as a template placeholder.


index of the placeholder template. If two body placeholder, there can be two different index: 1 and 2 for the first and second body placeholders defined in the layout.


unused arguments


The location of the bounding box associated to a placeholder within a slide is specified with the left top coordinate, the width and the height. These are defined in inches:


left coordinate of the bounding box


top coordinate of the bounding box


width of the bounding box


height of the bounding box

In addition to these attributes, a label can be associated with the shape. Shapes, text boxes, images and other objects will be identified with that label in the Selection Pane of PowerPoint. This label can then be reused by other functions such as ph_location_label(). It can be set with argument newlabel.

See also


doc <- read_pptx()
doc <- add_slide(doc)
doc <- ph_with(doc, "Title",
  location = ph_location_type(type = "title") )
doc <- ph_with(doc, "Hello world",
    location = ph_location_template(top = 4, type = "title") )
print(doc, target = tempfile(fileext = ".pptx") )