Use Multiple Design Themes in the Same Powerpoint Presentation

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Design themes make it easy to apply a set of coordinating features to each and every one of your slides. The slide backgrounds, and font styles, colors, and sizes are retained in the design theme. By default, only one design theme can be applied to a presentation. At times though, it is advantageous to have an additional one or more design themes available in the same presentation. This can be achieved by adding a new design theme to the slide master, which contains all the information about the slide layouts and styles in this presentation.

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Accessing the PowerPoint Slide Master for First Design Theme

Open the PowerPoint slide master to apply a design theme


  1. Click on the View tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click on the Slide Master button, in the Master Views section of the ribbon. The Slide Master tab on the ribbon opens.
  3. In the Edit Theme section of the ribbon, click the drop-down arrow below the Themes button. This will reveal the available design themes to apply.
  4. Click on a theme of your choice to apply to all of the slide layouts.

To apply the design theme to only a specific slide layout, click on the thumbnail view of that layout before applying the design theme.

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Add an Additional Slide Master to the PowerPoint Presentation

Click on Slides/Outline view to insert a new PowerPoint slide master
  1. On the left side of the screen, in the Slides/Outline pane, scroll down to a blank space after the last slide layout.
  2. Click in the blank space below the last thumbnail of the slide layout.
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Add an Additional Design Theme to the PowerPoint Slide Master

Choose a new design theme to add to the new PowerPoint slide master
  1. Once again, click the drop-down arrow under the Themes ​button on the ribbon.
  2. Click on a different theme from what you chose earlier.
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New Design Theme Added to Additional PowerPoint Slide Masters

PowerPoint slide master layouts with different design themes

A new complete set of slide masters will appear, in the Slides/Outline pane, below the original set.

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Close PowerPoint Slide Master View

Close the PowerPoint master view of the slide masters

Once all the additional slide masters have been added to the presentation file, click on the Close Master View button on the ribbon.

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Choose Which Design Theme to Apply to New PowerPoint Slides

Select whichever design theme fits best for the new PowerPoint slide

Once you have chosen the additional design themes to apply to slides in this presentation, it is time to add a new slide.

  1. Click on the Home tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the New Slide button. A drop-down list of all the different slide layouts with the different design themes will appear.
  3. Scroll in the list and click on the slide layout of your choice in the correct design theme. The new slide will appear with this design theme applied, ready for your input.