Using the Slide Master

Using the Slide Master


PowerPoint 2007 Views Each time you apply a new theme to your slides, a slide master appears in the background. It stores information on the theme, including font style, colors, effects, placeholder size, and text alignment. The slide master allows you to easily make changes to all slides or a specific slide layout.

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the Slide Master view to apply changes to the slide master and supporting layouts.

Using the slide master

The slide master

The easiest way to make the same change to all slides or slides that use a specific layout is to change the slide master, also called the master slide. For example, let's say you like a theme but want to change a specific design element of that theme. You may want a different bullet style, slide titles that are center-aligned instead of left-aligned, or an accent line under each slide title. You can quickly make these changes and more by modifying the slide master.

To view the slide master:

View Slide Master
Slide Master View

About Slide Master view

The Slide Master view appears similar to Normal view; however, in Slide Master view master slides are displayed in the task pane rather than actual slides. The first thumbnail image in the task pane on the left is the slide master that controls all slides. If you want to make a change to all slides in a presentation, you can do so by changing this slide.

Slide Master

Each slide below the slide master is a master slide for a supporting layout. For example, if you want to make a change to all slides that use a Title and Content layout, you can do so using the Title and Content layout master slide in the task pane.

Supporting Layout

You can see which slides in the presentation use a specific layout. To see this information, hover over a layout and read the screen tip. The screen tip contains the slide numbers that use the layout.

ScreenTips in Master View

Making changes to all slides

Any change you can make to a slide in Normal view can be made to the slide master so the change will be reflected on all slides in the presentation. The following examples will show how you can make these changes and move from the Slide Master tab to other tabs on the Ribbon while the presentation remains in Slide Master view.

To change the theme font on all slides:

Slide Master View Command
Select Slide Master
Font Live Preview
Close Master View

Making changes to all slides

To change text color/alignment on all slides:

Select Title
Master Title Color
Master Title Color
Master Title Align

To insert a picture on all slides:

Insert Picture in Master
Picture Example
Drag and Drop the Picture

Pay attention to the tab that's active so you don't take unnecessary steps to accomplish a task. For example, if the Slide Master tab is active, click the Close Master View command to return to Normal view; however, if it isn't active, click the Normal view command at the bottom of the window.

Making changes to specific layouts

In addition to changing design elements on all slides, you can change design elements on slides that use a specific layout. For example, you can apply different formatting to the Title and Content or Section Header layouts. By customizing specific slide layouts, you have more control over the slides and the presentation as a whole.

To change font color/formatting on slides with a specific layout:

Slide Master View Command
Select Layout
Specific Layout Font Color
Text Shadow Command

Making changes to specific layouts

To insert a line on slides with a specific layout:

Slide Master View Command
Title and Content Slide
Master Shape
Insert Line
Format Line

Press and hold the Shift key while inserting a straight line. This will make the line appear completely straight.


Use the Employee Orientation presentation or any other presentation you choose to complete this challenge.