SharePoint page types: text layouts

SharePoint 2010 and 2013 have two main page types: page layouts and text layouts. In this article, I will look at the text layout functionality.

Using this option dynamically changes the page’s layout quickly and easily and is available in the following places:

  • Site Pages library on a team site
  • Wiki library (not the Enterprise Wiki)

You can find the option to change the layout of the page by going to the Format Text tab of the ribbon and then choosing “Text Layout”:


Note that when you choose a different layout, the content never gets lost!

One of the nicest things about using the text layouts is that they’re easy to use and they meet 95% of all requests. They arrange themselves depending on the used content, which is great.


I personally have never seen a reason to actually change these. However, you can change this on a page-by-page basis by editing the page in SharePoint Designer – I wouldn’t advise it, because it will create a maintenance and standardisation issue.