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How to Use Slide Masters in PowerPoint 2013

by / Thursday, 23 May 2013 / Published in Latest, PowerPoint 2013

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You can use slide masters in PowerPoint to determine the default layout and appearance of presentation slides. When you add presentation slides and apply a slide layout, the slide is formatted according to the slide master’s specifications. Each slide master has several associated slide layouts. Slide masters can be a great way to add detail and consistency to any PowerPoint presentation. In this post, we will discuss how to use Slide Masters in PowerPoint 2013.


1. Click the “Slide Master” button in the “Master Views” button group on the “View” tab of the Ribbon to open and display the slide masters. Each slide master within the presentation appears at the top of a hierarchy of connected slide layouts within this pane. Each associated layout is shown as a branch of the slide master.




2. The current slide master and layout will appear selected in the slide pane at the left side of the window and displayed for editing in the main window.


3. Use the commands and buttons found in the button groups on the “Slide Master” tab to make changes to the slide masters and associated slide layouts in your presentation.



4. Click the “Insert Slide Master” button to insert a new slide master and its associated slide layouts into the “Slides” pane.  Select a slide master in this pane and associate a new slide layout with it by clicking the “Insert Layout” button.



5. Customize a slide master by selecting it in the slides panel. Then select which default placeholders apply by clicking the “Master Layout” button in the “Master Layout” button group on the “Slide Master” tab in the Ribbon. Check the default placeholders you want to appear in the slide master and then click the “OK” button.


6. To rename a selected slide master, click the “Rename” button in the “Edit Master” button group to open the “Rename Master” dialog box where you can enter a new name for the master into the “Master name:” text box and then click the “Rename” button to rename it.


7. Click the “Preserve” button in this same button group to save the selected slide master with the presentation, even if it is not actively used by any slides in the presentation.


8. You can select a slide layout associated with a slide master you have inserted and then add the desired placeholders to apply to the slide layout by first selecting the slide layout in the slide pane. Then click the “Insert Placeholder” drop-down button in the “Master Layout” button group and select the type of placeholder to add from the drop-down menu. Then click and drag over the area in the slide layout where you want the placeholder to appear.


9. Check the “Title” and “Footers” check boxes in the same button group to remove the display of these elements from the slide layout, if desired.


10. To delete a custom slide layout, click the “Delete” button in the “Edit Master” button group to delete it.


11. Click the “Close Master View” button in the “Close” button group on the “Slide Master” tab in the Ribbon to close the slide master view.