How to Create a Master Slide in Powerpoint

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How to Create a Master Slide in Powerpoint
Create a master slide for PowerPoint presentation consistency. (abstract background in blue image by Pix by Marti from

Microsoft PowerPoint ships with professionally-designed slide styles designed to produce eye-catching presentations. If you wish to create a personalised look and save it so your look is consistent through the presentation, you can begin with a master slide. On the master slide, you can change fonts, backgrounds, add clip art or other design elements. Just save your style first so that subsequent slides will retain the elements you wish.

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Things you need

  • PC or Mac computer
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

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  1. 1

    Boot up your computer. Click on "Start," then "Programs" to locate the "Microsoft PowerPoint" program icon or name. Alternatively, click on the "Microsoft PowerPoint" icon from your dock to start the program.

  2. 2

    Locate the "File" menu and select "New" to create a new presentation.

  3. 3

    Click on the "View" tab in the "Presentation Views" group, then click "Slide Master."

  4. 4

    Place your elements within the master to have the elements show up on all slides. Click the "Slide Master" preview to view your slide in edit mode.

  5. 5

    Add a slide background by selecting "Format" and then "Background." Select the drill down arrow and click "Fill Effects." Click the "Picture" tab and then click the "Select Picture" button to locate a photo on your hard disk. Click "Insert," followed by "OK," and then click "Apply."

  6. 6

    Change fonts by clicking on the text box that you wish to change in the "Slide Master." Select "Format" and then "Font" and choose your selections and type options. Click "OK" when finished with customisation.

  7. 7

    Move text boxes by clicking on the border of the text box you wish to move and dragging the box to its new location. Re-size text boxes by clicking the mouse over one of circular resizing handles, then dragging or shrinking to increase or decrease the size.

  8. 8

    Add clip art to your master by selecting "Insert," then "Picture" and finally, "Clip Art" to open the pane. Search for clip art by typing in search words, then click "Go" to begin searching on the Internet. When you locate the clip art you wish to use, click on the art, then resize and reposition as desired. This clip art will appear in the same position on all slides.

  9. 9

    Save your master slide by selecting "Save" from the file menu and naming your presentation.

Tips and warnings

  • Clarify your objectives first before creating a slide master. Any slide you create will look like the master slide.
  • Create a slide master before you start to create your presentation, rather than after.
  • When you make changes to the presentation's look, make them on the slide master.

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