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PowerPoint’s Slide Master lets you keep consistency throughout your presentation. If you want to customize a presentation’s fonts, headings, or colors in one place so that they apply to all your slides, then you’ll need to create a Slide Master.

Creating a Slide Master in PowerPoint

Open your presentation, head over to the “View” tab, and then click the “Slide Master” button.

Slide Master option in Master Views group

The Slide Master will appear in the left-hand pane. The Slide Master is the top thumbnail that appears in the pane, and each sub-thumbnail represents each slide layout available in your theme. Edits you make to the text of the Slide Master will affect the text in each slide layout. Alternatively, you can select and customize each slide layout.

Preview of Slide Master and sub slides

Edit the Slide Master Theme

If you plan to use a specific theme with your presentation, it’s best to go ahead and select it now before making any other edits, as each theme will have its own unique text and image placeholders.

To edit the theme of the Slide Master, click “Themes” on the “Slide Master” tab.

edit slide master theme

A drop-down menu will appear, showing a large library of Office themes. Select the one you want to use.

Office theme library

Your Slide Master will now take on the selected theme.

slide master theme change

Fine-Tune Your Slide Master

Now it’s time to customize the font, color, and background of the presentation. In the “Background” group of the “Slide Master” tab, you’ll have all of these options available to you. However, using the options provided here will affect all of the slide layouts in the presentation, as they are predefined schemes. You can hover your mouse over the available options for a live preview.

If you don’t find a scheme you like, you can create your own or customize each slide the way you want by using the tools provided in the “Home” tab.

Also, note that any objects or text you place on the slide master will appear on all your slides. So, for example, it’s a great way to put a company logo or disclaimer text that you might want to appear throughout your presentation.

Create Multiple Slide Masters

You can create multiple Slide Masters in a presentation. To do this, head over to the “Slide Master” tab and click “Insert Slide Master.”

Insert Slide Master

The additional Slide Master will now appear in the left-hand pane.

additional slide master

Edit the new Slide Master. Once you’re finished, select “Close Master View” in the “Close” group.

Close Master View

In the “Slides” group of the “Home” tab, select “Layout.”

slide layout

A drop-down menu will appear. You’ll now see both themes with your customized slide layouts!

both themes available in slide layout

Save Your Customized Slide Master

You can save your customized Slide Master as a PowerPoint template for future use. To do so, head over to the “File” tab and select “Save As.”

save as

Next, click the “Browse” button in the “Other locations” section.

browse for save location

Navigate to the location of your Custom Office Templates folder, usually found here:

C:\Users\user\Documents\Custom Office Templates

Once there, select the arrow in the “Save as type” box.

save as type

In the menu that appears, select “PowerPoint Template.”

save as powerpoint template

Next, click “Save” at the bottom-right of the window.

save template

Your template with your customized Slide Master is now saved!

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