Learn how to use the PowerPoint XP Slide Master feature in this free lesson.
If you work for a company, you may be asked to prepare long presentations. Or you may want to prepare slides about a special event or occasion. A Slide Master allows you to create a presentation with different types of slides but enable them to all have the same overall look.
The elements that you add to the Slide Master—such as a company logo, background, and font color—will be applied to all of your slides.
If you have a Slide Master, you don't have to format every slide in a presentation with the same basic design and text.
As you continue working on your Slide Master, notice that the Master text styles placeholder contains a model of up to five bullets in which the text gets smaller for each level.
In the Slide Master, the font sizes are preselected. The sizes are based on what someone is able to read from a reasonable distance. You can change the font size, but this is fine tuning that you might want to do later.
Generally, you should keep the text the same color for the title and all text levels.
After creating or making changes to your Slide Master, you can view all of the basic design elements in your presentation.
When you create your Slide Master, you can also create a Title Master. This is the second slide that appears in the left pane when you are working on the Slide Master of a presentation using a design template.
This is a special slide for the title slide of your presentation. Remember, the Slide Master is a basic blueprint for all slides of your presentation, while the Title Master only addresses the elements of your title slide.