Slide Master View

In PowerPoint Slide Master view lets you edit all slides at once. Use the Slide Master PowerPoint feature to ensure a consistent look.

Creating new slide layouts

One of the most powerful features of Slide Master view is the option to create new slide layouts. This is an easy way to add interesting and unique slide layouts to an existing theme. You can even use this feature to design an entirely new theme, as in the example below.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2010Creating a custom slide layout

To insert a new slide layout:

  1. Navigate to Slide Master view.
  2. From the Slide Master tab, click the Insert Layout command.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2010Clicking the Insert Layout command
  3. A new slide layout will appear.
  4. The layout will include Title and Footer placeholders by default. Click the Title and Footers boxes in the Master Layout group to toggle these placeholders on and off.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2010The Title and Footer options
  5. Click the bottom half of the Insert Placeholder command, then select the desired placeholder type. We recommend using the Content placeholder most of the time because it can be used for any type of slide content.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2010Inserting a Content placeholder
  6. Click and drag to draw the placeholder on the slide. You can add more placeholders if you want.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2010Drawing a placeholder
  7. Using the other tabs on the Ribbon, you can add background graphics, shapes, and pictures to the slide layout.

To rename a custom layout:

You'll want to give your custom layout a unique name so it will be easy to find.

  1. Navigate to Slide Master view.
  2. Select the desired layout, then click the Rename command.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2010Clicking the Rename command
  3. A dialog box will appear. Type the desired name, then click Rename.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Renaming a layout

To use a custom layout:

Once you've created a custom slide layout, it's easy to add a new slide with this layout to your presentation.

  1. If you're currently in Slide Master view, click the Close Master View command on the Slide Master tab.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2010Closing Slide Master view
  2. From the Home tab, click the bottom half of the New Slide command, then select the custom layout from the menu that appears.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2010Inserting a new slide with a custom layout

PowerPoint also allows you to add new placeholders to an existing slide layout. In the example below, we're adding a Picture placeholder to the Title Slide layout.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2010Adding a placeholder to an existing slide layout