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 could even use this feature to design an entirely new theme, as in the example below.

a custom theme designed with unique slide layouts

To insert a new slide layout:

  1. Navigate to Slide Master view. From the Slide Master tab, click the Insert Layout command.
    inserting a new slide layout
  2. The new slide layout will appear.
    the new slide layout
  3. 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.
    toggling the title and footer placeholders in the Master Layout group
  4. You can now add background graphics, shapes, and pictures to the slide layout. You can also move, adjust, and delete the existing placeholders. In our example, we'll move the title placeholder to the bottom-right corner. We've also changed the text alignment to align right instead of align left.
    moving an existing placeholder on the new slide layout
  5. To add new placeholders, click the bottom half of the Insert Placeholder command, then select the desired placeholder type. In this example, we'll use the Picture placeholder.
    inserting a picture placeholder
  6. Click and drag to draw the placeholder on the slide.
    drawing a new placeholder on a custom slide layout

To rename a custom layout:

When you're done designing your custom layout, you'll want to give it a unique name so it will be easy to find.

  1. From Slide Master view, select the desired layout, then click the Rename command.
    clicking the Rename command
  2. A dialog box will appear. Type the desired name, then click Rename.
    renaming a custom slide layout

To use a custom layout:

Once you've created a custom slide layout, it's easy to add a new slide with that layout or apply it to an existing slide.

  1. If you're currently in Slide Master view, click the Close Master View command on the Slide Master tab.
  2. From the Home tab, you can insert a new slide with the custom layout or apply it to an existing slide. In our example, we'll select the Layout command and apply the new style to slide 6.
    applying a custom layout
  3. The custom slide layout will be applied.
    the new custom slide layout applied

PowerPoint also allows you to add new placeholders to existing slide layouts.