How to Troubleshoot Slide Masters in PowerPoint

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How to Troubleshoot Slide Masters in PowerPoint
A PowerPoint slide master gives your presentation's slides a uniform look and style. (slide image by Empath from Fotolia.com)

A Microsoft PowerPoint slide master lets you set graphical, font and colour elements across multiple slides without having to enter the elements manually onto each slide. The slide master also stores information about placeholder sizes, positions and background colours or designs. But problems do arise when using a slide master, including not being able to make changes to the slide, slides within your presentation not accepting the slide master elements and multiple slide master elements not taking effect.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Microsoft PowerPoint by clicking "Start," "All Programs" and "Microsoft PowerPoint," if using Windows.

    Open Microsoft PowerPoint on a Mac by double-clicking on your hard drive icon, then clicking "Applications," "Microsoft" then "PowerPoint."

  2. 2

    Click the circle next to "Open an existing presentation" under the heading "PowerPoint." Click "More Files ..." then click "OK." Navigate to and double-click the PowerPoint presentation file containing slides that are not accepting all the elements of your slide master.

  3. 3

    Click "Format" and "Slide Layout" to change to slide layout mode. The "Slide Layout" task pane will appear on your screen.

  4. 4

    Click the slide that you need to reapply slide master elements to. Click the layout, "Text," "Text and Content" or other layout type on the Slide Layout task pane that you want to apply from the slide master.

  5. 5

    Click "Reapply Layout." Check your PowerPoint presentation by clicking "Slide Show" on the main toolbar then "Slide Show" to start the presentation. If you discover other slides missing elements, repeat Steps 3 through 5 to update those slides.

    Click "File" and "Save" to save your PowerPoint presentation.

  1. 1

    Open Microsoft PowerPoint . Click the circle next to "Open an existing presentation" under the heading "PowerPoint." Click "More Files..." then click "OK." Navigate to and double click the PowerPoint presentation file containing slides that are not accepting a title master slide.

  2. 2

    Click "View," "Master" and "Slide Master." The "Slide Master View" toolbar will appear.

  3. 3

    Click "Insert New Title Master." A text box containing "Click to edit Master title style" will appear on the first PowerPoint presentation slide.

  4. 4

    Click in the text box to edit the "Master title." Click outside of the text box when you are done editing the text.

  5. 5

    Click "File" and "Save" to save your PowerPoint presentation.

  1. 1

    Open Microsoft PowerPoint . Click the circle next to "Open an existing presentation" under the heading "PowerPoint." Click "More Files ..." then click "OK." Navigate to and double click the PowerPoint presentation file containing slides that are missing pictures on certain slides but the pictures are on the slide master.

  2. 2

    Click "Format" and "Background." Click the check box next to "Omit background graphics from master" to remove the check mark. Click "Apply to All" to update all the slides within your PowerPoint presentation with the slide master.

  3. 3

    Check your PowerPoint presentation by clicking "Slide Show" on the main toolbar then "Slide Show" to start the presentation. If pictures you know on the master slide are still missing, check that each slide master within your presentation actually contains the pictures you want by clicking "View," "Master" and "Slide Master" to see your presentation's master slide and its content.

    Click "Insert," "Picture" and "From File..." Navigate to and double click the picture or graphic you want to insert into the slide master.

  4. 4

    Click "File" and "Save" to save your PowerPoint presentation.

  1. 1

    Open Microsoft PowerPoint . Click the circle next to "Open an existing presentation" under the heading "PowerPoint." Click "More Files..." then click "OK." Navigate to and double click the PowerPoint presentation file containing slides that you want to apply multiple slide masters to.

  2. 2

    Click "Tools" and "Options." Click the "Edit" tab.

  3. 3

    Click the check box next to "Multiple masters" under the heading "Disable new features" to allow multiple slide masters to work within your presentation.

  4. 4

    Click "OK."

Tips and warnings

  • When troubleshooting a large PowerPoint presentation, check your PowerPoint presentation by clicking "Slide Show" on the main toolbar then "Slide Show" and write down on a piece of paper any pictures/graphics and other elements that are missing. This will aid in knowing which elements you need to locate on your computer's hard drive or other medium.

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