How to Use PowerPoint 2010 Slide Master Layouts

When you'd like all your slides in your PowerPoint presentation to have the same look (e.g., logo, colors, fonts), the slide master can save you lots of time and effort. Changes to the slide master affect all the slides in the presentation.

Some of the tasks that the PowerPoint slide master allows you to do include:

  • Changing font colors and styles for every slide
  • Adding a clipart or picture to every slide
  • Adding a footer or date to every slide
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Access the PowerPoint Slide Master

Open the PowerPoint 2010 slide master
Open the PowerPoint 2010 slide master. © Wendy Russell
  1. Click on the View tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click on the Slide Master button.
  3. The slide master opens on screen. 

 

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Viewing Slide Master Layouts

Slide master layouts in PowerPoint 2010
Slide master layouts in PowerPoint 2010. © Wendy Russell

To the left, in the Slides/Outline pane, you will see thumbnail images of the slide master (top thumbnail image) and all the different slide layouts that are contained within the slide master.

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Changing the Layout in the Slide Master

Make changes to individual slide master layouts in PowerPoint 2010
Make changes to individual slide master layouts in PowerPoint 2010. © Wendy Russell

Font changes to the slide master will affect text placeholders on your slides. If you'd like to make additional changes:

  1. Click on the thumbnail image of the slide layout that you wish to change.
  2. Make font changes, such as color and style, to the specific placeholder.
  3. Repeat this process for other slide layouts, if desired.
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Editing Fonts in the Slide Master

  1. Select the placeholder text on the slide master.
  2. Right-click on the selected text box border.
  3. Make changes using the formatting toolbar or the shortcut menu that appears. You can make as many changes as you like.
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Close the PowerPoint 2010 Slide Master

Close PowerPoint 2010 slide master
Close PowerPoint 2010 slide master. © Wendy Russell

Once you've made all your changes to the slide master, click on the Close Master View button on the Slide Master tab of the ribbon.

Each new slide that you add to your presentation will take on these changes you made — saving you from making edits to every individual slide.

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Hints and Tips

Make global changes to fonts in the PowerPoint 2010 slide master
Make global changes to fonts in the PowerPoint 2010 slide master. © Wendy Russell
  • When the slide master is open, a new tab is visible on the ribbon: the Slide Master tab. You can make changes to the slide master using the options on the ribbon.
  • Making changes to the slide master has a global effect on all your new slides — but not those created before editing the slide master.
  • Any changes you make to the slide master can be overwritten manually on any slide.
  • Changes you made to individual slides prior to editing the slide master will be retained on those slides. Therefore, as a best practice, make font changes to the slide master before creating any slides in your presentation if you want all slides to have a uniform look.