In PowerPoint Slide Master view lets you edit all slides at once. Use the Slide Master PowerPoint feature to ensure a consistent look.
You may have noticed that when you select a different theme in PowerPoint, it rearranges the text on your slides and adds shapes to the background. This is because each theme has built-in slide layouts and background graphics. You can edit these layouts with a feature called Slide Master view. Once you learn how to use Slide Master view, you'll be able to customize your entire slide show with just a few clicks.
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Slide Master view is a special feature in PowerPoint that allows you to quickly modify the slides and slide layouts in your presentation. From there, you can edit the slide master, which will affect every slide in the presentation. You can also modify individual slide layouts, which will change any slides using those layouts.
For example, let's say you find a theme you like but you don't like the slide layouts. You could use Slide Master view to customize the layouts exactly the way you want them to look.
In Slide Master view, the Slide Master tab will appear first on the Ribbon, but you'll still be able to access commands on different tabs as normal.
Whether you're making significant changes to your slides or just a few small tweaks, Slide Master view can help you create a consistent, professional presentation without a lot of effort. You could use Slide Master view to change just about anything in your presentation, but here are some of its most common uses:
Some overall presentation changes—like customizing the theme fonts and theme colors—can be made quickly from the Design tab. Review our lesson on Modifying Themes to learn more.
If you want to change something on all slides of your presentation, you can edit the Slide Master. In our example, we'll add a logo to every slide.
When you make a change to the Slide Master, it's a good idea to review your presentation to see how it affects each slide. You may find that some of your slides don't look exactly right. On the next page, we'll show you how to fix this by customizing individual slide layouts.
If you're inserting a background graphic, you may want to send it behind all other objects on the slide. Right-click the object, select Send to Back, then click Send to Back. Review our lesson on Arranging Objects to learn more.
Now it's your turn! Try adding or moving a shape on the Slide Master and see how it affects the rest of your slides.