Our corporate PowerPoint template makes extensive use of picture placeholders. Someone came to me with the attached slides and the complaint that after placing pictures and saving the file, the next time they open it, the pictures are not visible or have changed positions seemingly at random.
The missing pictures are in fact hidden behind other pictures, in the case of the second slide all three are in that first position. First thing I tried was right click, Reset Slide. That causes the pictures to jump into the three positions, but when you save and re-open, they are stacked again. When I reset the first slide, I'm seeing the three images, but also the placeholder with "click icon to add picture" in one case on top of the picture, which I've never seen.
Is the problem the fact that the placeholders are overlapping on the slide, so PowerPoint can't keep them straight? When I recreated this same layout in a fresh presentation, it behaves fine. Is this file somehow corrupt? Or are picture placeholders just unreliable? Any suggestions for a workaround or fix?