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Using the Handout Master
dialog box in PowerPoint instead. Otherwise, you may get the wrong orientation on
a printout in other programs.
Page Order. You can choose Front to Back or Back to Front. This determines the
order in which the pages print.
Pages per Sheet. The default is 1, but you can print smaller versions of several
pages on a single sheet. This option is usually only available on PostScript printers.
Copies. This sets the default number of copies that should print. Be careful; this
number is a multiplier. If you set two copies here and then set two copies in the
Print dialog box in PowerPoint, you end up with four copies.
Graphics Resolution. If your printer has a range of resolutions available, you may
be able to choose the resolution you want. For example, a laser printer might have
you choose between 300 and 1,200 dots per inch (dpi); on an inkjet printer, choices
are usually 360, 720, and 1,440 dpi. Achieving a resolution of 1,440 on an inkjet
printer usually requires special glossy paper.
Graphic Dithering. On some printers, you can set the type of dithering that makes
up images. Dithering is a method of creating shadows (shades of gray) from black
ink by using tiny crosshatch patterns. You may be able to choose between Coarse,
Fine, and None.
Image Intensity. On some printers, you can control the image appearance with a
light/dark slide bar.
Some printers, notably inkjets, come with their own print-management software. If that’s
the case, you may have to run that print-management software separately from outside of
PowerPoint for full control over the printer’s settings. You can usually access such software
from the Windows Start menu.
Using the Handout Master
Just as the slide master controls your slide layout, the handout master controls your hand-
out layout. To view the handout master, as shown in Figure 17.4, click Handout Master on
the View tab. Unlike the slide master and title master, you can have only one handout mas-
ter layout per presentation.
You can do almost exactly the same things with the handout master that you can with the
slide master. The following sections describe some of the common activities.
Setting the Number of Slides per Page
You can view the handout master with various numbers of slides per page to help you see
how the layout will look when you print it. The settings you can change apply to all the
layouts. For example, if you apply a header or footer or a page background for a three-
slides-per-page layout, it also applies the four-slides-per-page layout as well as all the
others. To choose the number of slides per page to display as you work with the handout
master, click the Slides per Page button and then make your selection from its menu. See