How to create your own slide master?

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: Powerpoint Tips | Tags: |

If you are not satisfied with the given slide masters, you may create your own slide master.  A slide master is different from themes. To be exactly, A slide master is the top slide in a hierarchy of slides that stores information about the theme and slide layouts of a presentation, including the background, color, fonts, effects, placeholder sizes, and positioning.

Callout 1 A slide master in Slide Master view
Callout 2 Slide layouts associated with the slide master

How to create your own slide master? Just follow these steps.

  1. Open a blank presentation, and then, on the View tab, in the Presentation Views group, click Slide Master.
  2. When you open Slide Master view, a blank slide-master with the default, associated layouts appears. If you want to add another slide master, do the following:
    1. Click a location in the slide thumbnail pane where you want the new slide master to appear.
    2. On the Slide Master tab, in the Edit Master group, click Insert Slide Master.

    Note: In the slide thumbnail pane, the slide master is the larger slide image, and the associated layouts are positioned beneath the slide master.

  3. Create one or more custom layouts or modify the existing layouts in order to make it more satisfactory. You can see How to create a new custom layout for more infomation.
  4. You can also add or modify placeholders in your layouts. For more infomatio, see How to add one or more content placeholders to a layout or How to change or delete a placeholder.
  5. Sometimes, you need to remove some of the built-in slide layouts that accompany the default slide master. In this case, in the slide thumbnail pane, right-click each slide layout that you want to delete, and then click Delete Layout on the shortcut menu.
  6. If you need to apply a design or theme-based colors, fonts, effects and backgrounds, please refer to  how to apply a theme to your presentation.
  7. If you are going to  set the page orientation for all of the slides in your presentation, click Slide Orientation,on the Slide Master tab, in the Page Setup group,and then click either Portrait or Landscape.
  8. If you intend to add text that will appear as a footer at the bottom of all of the pages in your presentation, follow these steps:
    1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Header & Footer.
    2. In the Header and Footer dialog box, on the Slide tab, select the Footer check box, and then type the text that you want to appear in the center-bottom of your slides.
    3. Click Apply to All.
  9. Click the Microsoft Office ButtonButton image, and then click Save As.
  10. In the File name box, type a file name, or do nothing to accept the suggested file name.
  11. In the Save as type list, click PowerPoint Template, and then click Save.
  12. On the Slide Master tab, in the Close group, click Close Master View.

So far, you’ve created your own slide master sucessfully. You can send it to others or enjoy by yourself.

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