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Chapter 10: Masters of the Universe Meet the Templates of Doom
✓ Slide Master: Dictates the format of your slides
You work with this Master most often when you tweak your slides to
✓ Handout Master: Controls the look of printed handouts
✓ Notes Master: Determines the characteristics of printed speaker notes
Each Master specifies the appearance of text (font, size, and color, for
example), slide background color, animation effects, and any additional text or
other objects that you want to appear on each slide or page.
In addition, each Master can contain one or more layouts that provide
different arrangements of text and other elements on the slide. For example, a
typical Slide Master might contain a Title layout and several Text layouts for
various types of body text slides.
One interesting — and often useful — aspect of Slide Masters is that any
elements you add to the Master itself are also included in each layout that’s
associated with the Master. For example, if you set the background color for
the Slide Master, that color is used for each layout. Likewise, if you add a big
blue rectangle in the top-left corner of the Slide Master, that rectangle is
visible in the top-left corner of each layout.
However, you can also add elements to an individual layout. Then, the
element is present only for that layout. For example, you may want to add more
graphical elements to the Title layout. Then, those elements appear only on
slides that use the Title layout.
Here are a few other points to ponder while you lie awake at night thinking
about Slide Masters:
✓ Masters aren’t optional. Every presentation has them. You can, however,
override the formatting of objects contained in the Master for a
particular slide. This capability enables you to vary the appearance of slides
✓ PowerPoint allows you to create more than one Slide Master in a single
presentation, so you can mix two or more slide designs in your
presentations. That’s why I say a presentation has at least three Masters. If you
have more than one Slide Master, a presentation will have more than
three Masters altogether. Note, however, that you can still have only one
Handout or Notes Master in each presentation. For more information
about using more than one Slide Master, see the section, “Yes, You Can
Serve Two Masters,” at the end of this chapter.
✓ If you’ve used previous versions of PowerPoint, you might be wondering
what happened to the Title Master. In the old days, there was actually a
separate Master for title slides. However, in PowerPoint 2013, title slides
don’t have their own Masters. Instead, the format of title slides is
controlled by a Title Slide layout that belongs to a particular Slide Master.