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How to Use Slide Master in PowerPoint

powerpoint tips slide master Apr 06, 2021

This is one of the most important features in PowerPoint that can save you hundreds of hours.

If you’re working on a long presentation, chances are you’ll want to add or change things as you go. Perhaps the style or theme of the PowerPoint doesn’t appeal to you as much as a new theme you saw yesterday. Whereas going back and changing everything would take an incredible amount of time, Slide Master allows you to change the entire look of your presentation, including fonts, colors, backgrounds, effects and just about everything else. 

In this tutorial, we’re going to walk you step-by-step on how to use Slide Master in PowerPoint. 

To access the Slide Master button, go to View and select Slide Master

To showcase how convenient using Slide Masters is, I have fashioned a sample presentation which I customized from a readymade Slide Template from Simple Slides called Agriculture

For our first exercise, I want to place my company logo on the bottom right corner of each slide. You can manually add them on each slide but doing so is not only time consuming but making sure the logo is on the exact same position at every slide is a tedious task. To do this the easy way, simply go to the view tab and click on Slide Master. 

This is the Slide Master view.

On top of all the slides is our Main Slide Master which controls all the basics of your presentation. Below are additional slides that control each unique slide layout.

To add our logo, click on the main slide master at the top. Then, let’s insert our picture by clicking on Insert then Pictures. From the window, let’s select the logo that we made earlier and hit insert.

Now let’s resize and reposition our Logo to be at the bottom right corner of our Slide Master. By doing so, all our slides will automatically have that logo at the exact same area. Let’s go ahead and close our master view to see the results.

As you can see, our logo is placed on the exact location on each slide, save for slide number three. Actually, the logo is there and is only hidden by this image. Remember, elements you add in such as shapes or images will automatically be placed as the lowest layer of the slide.

For our next exercise, let’s change the font for all the slides. Go again to the Slide Master command to enable our Slide Master view. Then, on the main Slide Master, edit the font to be whatever you like.

I chose this font called “Century”. You can also customize other things such as colors and effects. Now, let’s close slide master to see our result. As you can see, all the fonts have been changed. 

Now what if I only want to add an object on a specific kind of slide and not the whole presentation? For example, I have here a section header and I wish to add a heart shape on the top right corner of this slide as well as other section header slides.

Simply go back to our Slide Master view and select the Section Header slide among the additional slides below our main Slide Master. Then go to Insert, click on Shapes, and select the shape you want to add to the slides.

Once we have resized and positioned our heart shape to the top right corner of the slide, simply close the master view to see the results. And as you can see, only the Section Header slides have been affected by this change and now a heart shape can be seen on the exact same area.

We can also save the theme we have made for future use. First, navigate to the Design tab, then click the drop-down arrow in the Themes group. Next, click the option that says Save Current Theme.

Once the window opens, give your theme a name and when you’re done, click the Save button. And that’s it. You can now select this theme anytime you want to reuse it. 

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