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Power point master slide: how to create, edit and use


Power Point should be the most used tool to make presentations in the world. Still, we see a huge number of users who do not know the slide master. This is simply one of the most important features for making a professional power point presentation. If you are in this group of people, rest assured that I will explain everything you need to know down here.

What is a Power Point Master Slide?

The slide master is a standard slide that replicates all of its characteristics for the entire presentation. It stores information such as background, font types used, colors, effects (transition and animation), as well as the placement of these items. For example, in the image below our multi-use presentation Power View, we have only one item standardized on all slides which is the page numbering at the top right top. Take a look at a standard slide that we have:

Now see a new slide added:

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As you can see, whenever I add a new slide to the presentation, it will automatically have that standardized item. The cool thing is that the Power Point has an "intelligence" level and the slide count is automatic. In my example the first slide was the 43 number, and when I added one more, it already came in as 44.

No matter how small it may be, this would avoid the trouble of doing this counter for all ppt. Imagine one with 100 slides? It is important to know that each presentation in the power point has at least one slide master.

Master slide structure

A priori its filling is basic and standard, like this:

This structure (left sidebar) is composed of two parts:

  • The first slide, marked with the number 1 in the image below is the slide master
  • The second part consists of slide layouts associated with the slide master (indicated by dashed lines)

When you change any of these layouts you are modifying the slide master itself. Although they have different settings, they are associated with the slide master and have the same pattern. Usually in Power Point use to make a presentation you will not use all, only some according to the purpose of each slide.

See a single master slide with the theme "In Strips" being used and two associated layouts. See that although they have different organizations, the color scheme is the same, what changes is the positioning of text boxes and font sizes.

Also in this post I will explain how to vary the use of each of these associated layouts whenever you want. This can be done in a simple way and add dynamism to your presentation.

Why Use the Master Slide

One of the main benefits you will get is the labor saving one. I'm sure that at some point in your power point usage, you've had to keep copying and pasting a shape, number or text on multiple slides in a row. If it has not happened to you, I assure you that it has already rolled with me and with a lot of people I know.

When you establish a pattern with the slide master, you no longer have to do this work. From that moment simply write the unique and unique content of each of your slides. Some uses of the slide master may include:

  • Presentation slide general standard
  • Different chapter layer formats
  • Structure for insertion of graphics and images

And the end result of your presentation may be something like ours. multi-use presentation Power View, Look:

How to create a master slide in ppt?

To get started, it's worth keeping a very important tip: create your master slide before you begin to tinker with your presentation. In a Power Point blank document, go to the View tab and choose the Slide Master in the Master Views group. Look:

As soon as you click this button, a new tab will open, identified as Slide Master. All color, font, image, and text information you add here will be replicated to all slides in your presentation.

Now just make any changes you want to create a pattern for your presentation. Be careful not to overstate the slide master, since it serves much more as a "background" than as the main information.

Creating a second master slide

In some power point presentations, it may be common to vary from more than one different standard. For example, you may want to have specific colors for each part (chapter) of your ppt. If this is your case, simply click the Insert Slide Master option at the top left of that tab.

Your second master slide pattern will automatically be added to the end of the slide list displayed in the left corner of your presentation.

How to edit a slide master in ppt?

Regardless of whether you have one or more master slides, the entire edit works the same for each of them. As I said, the slide master is the first in the list of slides that appear in the left corner. Just select and edit it on the main slide. Where to start:

  • Sources - Choose font type, color and details (bold, italic, underline) for each title and subtitle
  • Colors - Define the predominant colors of the presentation
  • Other Items - Add graphics, images, shapes, or tables as default
  • Transitions - Set whether there is any effect between slides
  • Animation - Define whether there will be any effect on images, shapes or text boxes

Usually you have blank slides. In the above example I left 3 slides, one of which is the title layout and other 2 with other formatting. You will notice that this same default will be replicated to all the slides that you add in your presentation.

To do this simply go to the display tab, choose the slide master option and edit the slides however you want.

Note that in our case I modified the first accessory layout by adding a blue stripe at the top. Already in the second, I put the same blue strip, but thinner at the bottom. When you finish editing, click on "exit the master view" and see the result in your presentation:

Note that the first slide was the "cover" and the second and third were the default template that stayed with the track.

How to use the associated layouts of a master slide in ppt

Now, since you can have more than one associated layout, it may be common to want to use each of them. In this case, you can change this layout directly in your presentation in a simple way. To do this, just right click on any slide and choose the "Layout" option. Look:

Note that we are moving a slide that has the blue bar at the bottom. When choosing the change to another associated layout, the slide automatically adjusts and assumes this new chosen pattern.

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This is a quick and practical way to change the patterns of your presentations. This way you can save time and always have all the elements of the slide in the same place. I hope these tips help you make great presentations and if you have any questions just put it here in the comments.

If you do not have the time to create slideshows with well-organized master slides, I recommend that you 10 slide templates and, if need be, get a Ready Slides.

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  1. Hi Fabio, I imagine there is some way to do what you want, but I do not know

  2. Good morning,
    I have a question regarding the powerpoint placeholder.
    There is the possibility of adding an image in a shape by the tool mentioned above, however, they are very limited shapes, circles, clouds, etc.
    I have also seen that there is the possibility of grouping these formats and generating a new format, however, we only have the base of formats of the powerpoint library, which as I mentioned above, is very restricted.
    I would like to know how to add in the master slide a custom format such as ink splash, a car format, etc., and within those add an image?
    I found nowhere an explanation for this.
    Thank you.


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