Creating a Slide Master

Learn how to use the PowerPoint XP Slide Master feature in this free lesson.

Introduction

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Create a Slide Master
  • Work with text boxes in the Slide Master
  • Create a Title Master

The Slide Master

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.

Creating a Slide Master

If you have a Slide Master, you don't have to format every slide in a presentation with the same basic design and text.

To create a Slide Master:

  • Start a new presentation or open an existing one.
  • Click View Master Slide Master.
  • A slide with placeholders appears.

Master Slide

  • Click Format Background.
  • A dialog box appears.

Background dialog box

  • Choose a background color. For more colors, click More Colors.
  • Select the text in the Master title style placeholder.
  • Click the down-pointing arrow next to the font on the Formatting toolbar.

OR

  • Choose Format Font and choose a font, font color, and font style.

Choosing fonts for levels of the Slide Master

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.

To edit the text styles for each level:

  • Start a new presentation or open an existing one.
  • Click View Master Slide Master.
  • Select the text and choose a font and font color on the Formatting toolbar.

Formatting Toolbar

Viewing the Slide Master elements

After creating or making changes to your Slide Master, you can view all of the basic design elements in your presentation.

To see the Slide Master elements applied:

  • Click View Normal.

OR

  • Click the Normal View button.
  • A slide or slide appears with the design elements of the Slide Master.

Master Slide elements

The Title Master

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.

To edit the Title Master:

  • Select the text in the Master title style placeholder.
  • Choose Format Background and choose a background color.
  • Click the down-pointing arrow next to the font on the Formatting toolbar.

OR

  • Choose FormatFont and choose a font, font color, and font style.

Title Master

Challenge!

  • Design a Slide Master for Anderson Lawn and Garden.
  • Choose such elements as font and background color.
  • Type the title Anderson Lawn and Garden.
  • Choose Normal view.
  • Insert a new slide and notice that all of the elements of the Slide Master are present in this new slide.
  • Exit PowerPoint. Don't save this presentation.