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Understanding Masters
Understanding Masters
PowerPoint offers three master views: the Slide Master , which determines how presentation slides
look; the Handout Master , which controls how a printed version of your presentation looks; and the
Notes Master , which dictates how a printout of your notes looks. The three master views enable you to
set up the basic structure for each slide layout, plus the notes and printed handouts. This saves time
because you do not need to design each presentation slide from scratch. For example, the Title and
Content slide layout is designed once in the Slide Master view, but you can use it over and over again.
Work with Three Kinds of Masters
The Master Slides consist of a set of slides called
the Layout Masters — there is one Layout Master
for each slide layout that you will use to build your
presentation. The Master Slides also include a slide
called the Slide Master , which controls the theme
and formatting for the Layout Masters. The Handout
Master controls the look and layout of the printed
handouts when you print the slides of your
presentation. The Notes Master controls how the
printout of your presentation notes looks.
Using Masters to Make Global Changes
Any change, including formatting, that you make to
a Layout Master is applied to its corresponding
presentation slides. For example, if you redesign
the Layout Master that controls the Title and
Content layout by moving the title from the top of
the page to the bottom, every slide in the
presentation using the Title and Content layout
reflects that change. This saves you time and gives
your presentation a consistent look and feel. If you
change the formatting of an element on the Slide
Master, PowerPoint changes that element on all
Layout Masters and all presentation slides.
How Masters Relate to the Theme
Masters are based on themes. When you apply a
theme to your presentation, PowerPoint
automatically creates a set of Master Slides with
that theme. You can alter the theme of your Master
Slides and then save it as a new theme. If you
apply more than one theme to your presentation,
you will have multiple sets of Master Slides — one
for each theme. For example, if you have three
themes, you will have three Title and Content
Layout Masters, one for each theme. You can
change the design of the Layout Master of the Title
and Content slide in one theme without affecting
the Title and Content slides in the other two
Overriding Master Settings
When you make changes to individual presentation
slides, those changes take precedence over settings
on the corresponding Layout Master or the Slide
Master. For example, if you change the font color of
the title placeholder of a Title and Content
presentation slide in Normal view, a change to the
title placeholder font color of the Title and Content
Layout Master does not affect it. The change on the
individual presentation slide takes precedence. If
you place a graphic on a Layout Master, you can
omit it from the background of an individual
presentation slide in Normal view.
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