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Microsoft PowerPoint 2008

Working with a Slide Master

PowerPoint offers a Slide Master feature that gives your presentation a consistent, professional look. Slide masters determine the basic design for every slide in your presentation, and are 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, place holding 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 slide master, leaving the content of each slide unchanged. Each slide master allows you to format a variety of different layout slides, each of which can have slightly different formatting and be applied to slides with different purposes. For instance, you could use a slide master to set particular colors and text formatting options, then create slides with a specific layout for title slides, slides with text content, and slides with picture or video content.

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 slide master elements, refer to Customizing a Slide Master . To learn about customizing a slide, refer to Customizing Slide Elements. To read about using images, refer to the Working with Images document. To learn about working with text, read Working with Text.

return to topFormatting a Slide Master

Keeping similar formats throughout your slide master layouts will help to give your presentation continuity. 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 all additional layouts without having to go to a separate view.

NOTE: The slide masters control the text formatting (e.g., font style, size, and color), background color, effects (e.g., shadowing and bullets), and placeholders for all designated slides in your presentation. If you make changes to the slide master or a particular layout after it has been applied to slides, only the slides in your presentation based on that layout and slide master are affected.

  1. From the View menu, select Master » Slide Master
    The Master toolbar appears.

  2. In the Layout Options pane, select the desired slide master

  3. Format the slide master as you would design and format a normal slide
    NOTE: Any formatting changes that you make to the first slide will be applied to all master layouts in this slide master.

  4. To format additional master layouts within this slide master,
    1. In the Layout Options pane, select the desired slide master, select the desired layout
    2. Design the layout as you would design and format a normal slide
    3. Continue steps a-b until all desired layouts have been formatted

  5. From the Slide Master toolbar, click CLOSE MASTER Close slide master button
    In the lower left, on the Status toolbar, click NORMAL VIEWNormal View button
    The changes you made to the slide master are applied to all slides.

return to topCreating Additional Slide Masters

Some formatting decisions must be the same throughout an entire slide master. For instance, you are unable to apply two different themes or two different fonts for slide titles within the same slide master. If you would like to change these aspects but still want to use a slide master, you can create another slide master within the presentation.

The Slide Master view must be open to create additional slide masters.

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

  2. From the View menu, select Master » Slide Master
    The Master toolbar appears.

  3. From the Slide Master toolbar, click INSERT NEW LAYOUTInsert New Layout button
    A new slide master appears.

  4. Design the slide master as desired

Applying a Slide Master

After you format your slide master and layouts, PowerPoint automatically applies them to your slides. You can, however, select which slide master and layout you would like to apply to an individual slide in your presentation. You can apply slide masters after adding a slide's content without changing the content.

  1. From the View menu, select Normal

  2. From the Elements Gallery, select the Slide Layouts tab
    The Slide Layouts pane appears.

  3. Select the desired layout and slide master.

return to topCreating a Slide that Differs from the Slide Master

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 layout slide 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 display. You need to alter the slide by removing the background graphic.

Changes you make to the slide master after customizing an individual slide will not alter 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. It will, however, change the background color of any slides that you have not individually changed.

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.

  1. Select 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 Background Graphics

There are times when the background graphics from the slide master do not fit with the content of a slide in your presentation. You can remove all background graphics from individual slides.

  1. Select the slide you would like to alter

  2. From the Formatting Palette, in the Slide Background section, select Hide Background Graphics
    NOTE: The option is selected when a check mark appears.
    All background graphics are hidden on the desired slide.

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