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Microsoft PowerPoint 2004

Working with a Slide Master

PowerPoint offers a slide master feature that gives your presentation a consistent, professional look. A slide master is helpful if you want every slide in your show to be the same color, to have the same header or footer, or to carry a particular logo (e.g., UW-Eau Claire).

The background color, title, and images on the slide master appear on every slide of your presentation. You can set the appearance of bullets, placeholding for images, and the font for each section of your slides. Universal style changes can be made to every slide in your presentation by formatting the master slide, leaving the content of each slide unchanged. PowerPoint offers a title master feature as well, allowing you to determine a unique format for title slides.

In order to make the best use of this document, it is important that you are already familiar with creating slides. To learn about designing master slide elements, refer to Customizing a Master Slide. To learn about customizing a slide, refer to Customizing Slide Elements. To learn about drawing on a slide, refer to Drawing in Office 2003. To work with colors in PowerPoint, refer to Customizing Slides: Using Color. To read about using images, refer to Working with Images. To learn about working with text, refer to Working with Text.

Return to Top Formatting a Slide Master

A slide master determines the basic design for every slide in your presentation. To format a slide master you will be using Slide Master view. The Slide Master view allows you to work on the slide master and the title master without having to go to a separate view.

NOTE: The slide master controls the text formatting (e.g., font style, size, and color), background color, and effects (e.g., shadowing and animation) for all slides in your presentation.

  1. Open the slide show in which you would like to add a slide master

  2. From the View menu, select Master » Slide Master
    The window changes to Slide Master view and a new slide master opens. The Master toolbar appears.
    NOTE: If the Master toolbar does not appear, from the View menu, select Toolbars » Master

  3. Design the Slide Master as you would design a normal slide
    HINT: To learn about formatting slides, refer to Customizing a Master Slide, Customizing Slide Elements, and Customizing Slides: Using Color.

  4. On the Master toolbar, click CLOSE

Return to TopFormatting a Title Master

You can create a title master with unique formatting for the title slides in your presentation. The title slide is usually the first slide of your presentation and introduces your audience to the subject of your presentation. Title slides may also be used within the presentation to introduce main sections. Make your title master complementary to your slide master but unique enough to grab the attention of your audience.

Slide Master view must be open to format a title master. After you format a title master, it is easy to determine whether you are in Slide Master or Title Master view. From the View menu, in the Master section, a gray check marks Slide Master or Title Master view.

NOTE: The title master controls the text formatting (e.g., font style, size, and color), background color, effects (e.g., shadowing and bullets), and placeholders for all title slides in your presentation. If you make changes to the title master after it is designed, only the slides in your presentation based on the title master are affected.

Formatting a Title Master

  1. Open the slide show in which you would like to add a title master

  2. From the View menu, select Master » Slide Master
    A slide master and the Master toolbar appear.
    NOTE: If the Master toolbar does not appear, from the View menu, select Toolbars » Master

  3. From the Insert menu, select New Title Master
    The window changes to Title Master view and a new title master opens with placeholders for the title and subtitle.

  4. Design the Title Master as desired
    HINT: To learn about formatting slides, refer to Customizing a Master Slide, Customizing Slide Elements, and Customizing Slides: Using Color.

  5. On the Master toolbar, click CLOSE

Return to TopFormatting a Slide that Differs from the Slide Master

Slide master elements appear on each slide of your presentation unless you suppress them. When designing your slide show, you might need a different format from the slide master for certain slides. For example, you might need to format the font, background color, or bullet design to differ from the slide master. Or your master slides might contain a large image in the lower right corner, but for one slide you want text in that corner and do not want the image to show through. You need to alter the slide by removing the background graphic.

Changes you make to the slide master after customizing an individual slide will overwrite the design of that particular slide except for the individual changes you have already made to that slide. For example, if you removed a background image or changed the background color of a particular slide, changing the slide master color will not change the color of this slide or reinsert the background graphic.

Customizing an Individual Slide

You can change the font, background color, or bullet design of individual slides to differ from the slide master. To learn about formatting slides, refer to Customizing a Master Slide, Customizing Slide Elements, and Customizing Slides: Using Color.

  1. Open the slide you would like to alter

  2. Make the appropriate changes to the open slide
    WARNING: Any changes you make to the slide master after customizing an individual slide will overwrite the design of that slide except for the already made custom changes.

Removing a Background Graphic

There are times when the background graphics from the slide master don't fit with the content of a slide in your presentation. You can remove the background graphic from individual slides.

  1. Open the slide you would like to alter

  2. From the Format menu, select Slide Background...
    The Background dialog box opens.

  3. From the Background dialog box, select Omit background graphics from master

  4. Click APPLY
    The background image from the master slide disappears from the open slide.

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