Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Choosing the Slide Size
Layouts: As you know, you choose a slide layout — Title and Content,
for example — on the New Slide drop-down list to create a new slide.
In Slide Master view, PowerPoint provides one layout for each type of
slide layout in your presentation. By selecting and reformatting a layout
in Slide Master view, you can reformat all slides in your presentation
that were created with the same slide layout. For example, to change
fonts, alignments, and other formats on all slides that you created with
the Title layout, select the Title layout in Slide Master view and change
master styles on the Title layout. Each layout controls its own little
fiefdom in a PowerPoint presentation — a fiefdom comprised of slides
created with the same slide layout.
Master styles: Each master slide — the Slide Master and each layout —
offers you the opportunity to click to edit master styles (refer to Figure 2-8).
The master style governs how text is formatted on slides. By changing
a master style on a master slide, you can change the look of slides
throughout a presentation. For example, by changing the Master Title Style font,
you can change fonts in all the slide titles in your presentation.
PowerPoint’s Slide Master–layouts–slides system is designed on the “trickle
down” theory. When you format a master style on the Slide Master, formats
trickle down to layouts and then to slides. When you format a master style
on a layout, the formats trickle down to slides you created using the same
slide layout. This chain-of-command relationship is designed to work from
the top down, with the master slide and layouts barking orders to the slides
below. In the interest of design consistency, slides take orders from layouts,
and layouts take orders from the Slide Master.
In Slide Master view, you can move the pointer over a layout thumbnail in
the Slides pane to see a pop-up box that tells you the layout’s name and
which slides in your presentation “use” the layout. For example, a pop-up
box that reads “Title and Content Layout: used by slide(s) 2-3, 8” tells you
that slides 2 through 3 and 8 in your presentation are governed by the Title
and Content layout.
Editing a master slide
Now that you know the relationship among the Slide Master, layouts, and
slides, you’re ready to start editing master slides. To edit a master slide,
switch to Slide Master view, select a master slide, and change a master style.
To insert a picture on a master slide, visit the Insert tab.
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