Public speakers and presenters, self employed and corporate level alike, should make using "Masters" a regular practice, especially when working with lengthy presentations. PowerPoint Masters include a Slide Master, Notes Master, and Handout Master. Today we'll be focusing on the Slide Master, though the general rules and capabilities do apply across all Masters.
The Slide Master function takes us a few steps beyond PowerPoint Themes. Themes allow you apply a consistent visual display throughout your presentation, including colour, font, bullet styles etc.; while a Slide Master allows you to add various themes, along with custom content and functionality that will be consistent throughout your presentation. You can edit your Slide Master to include images and logos, slide numbers, headers and footers, and custom slide formatting that will apply to all respective slides in your show, thus every edit made on the Master will update every slide accordingly. This is a great benefit for working with branded and/or lengthy presentations. Updating the logo, contact information, or adding new pages (even in the middle of the presentation) can be done in one simple step!
Editing the Slide Master: (For today, we're using PowerPoint 2007 as an example.)
Select the "View" ribbon tab and click on Slide Master.
In the Slide Master window, you have the opportunity to select and edit themes, edit slide templates, and add your footers, pages numbers, images etc. Please note all the different slide templates you may customize in the left column of your viewing window.
When your edits are complete, select the red "X " within the working window marked "Close Master View." You can then view how your slide master applies to the whole slideshow. TIP: Create your Slide Master before adding content and save time by avoiding potential "slide by slide" edits. For example, if you change the font size in your Slide Master, the visual balance of text on the slides in your presentation will change as well.
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