Change a slide master

Every PowerPoint presentation contains a slide master with related slide layouts. It's important to know the difference between a slide master and slide layouts, and how they work together, so if you're not sure, check out the following:

The Slide Master view is located in the Master Views group on the View tab.

In Slide Master view, the slide master is at the top of the thumbnail pane with the related layouts below it.

Slide Master and two layouts

There a lot of things you can do to change the slide master, which contains all the styles for your slides. Here are some of the most common.

Change the theme, background, or color scheme

You can quickly change the look of your entire presentation by selecting the slide master, and then doing the following in the Background group on the Slide Master tab:

  • Click Themes to apply a built-in theme, with a custom set of colors, fonts, and effects, to your slides. Right-click any theme for more ways to apply it.

    Notes: If you can't change the theme, or if selecting a new theme adds a new slide master instead of changing the selected slide master, make sure Preserve isn't selected in the Edit Master group.

    Preserve option on the Slider Master tab

  • Click Colors to choose a color theme for your presentation. You may have to click Background Styles and choose an option to see it applied.

  • Click Background Styles to choose a style option from the list. The colors displayed depend on your choice in the Colors list.

    Tip: Click Format Background at the bottom of the Background Styles list to open the Format pane and choose from more background options, such as advanced fill settings, artistic effects, and color and image settings.

Change the font

  1. At the top of the Slide Master pane, click the slide master.

  2. In the Background group on the Slide Master tab, click Fonts to change the font of all of your text at once. Select a font from the list, or click Customize Fonts for more options.

Add effects

  1. At the top of the Slide Master pane, click the slide master.

  2. In the Background group on the Slide Master tab, click Effects to choose from a variety of built-in effects, with features including shadows, reflections, lines, fills, and more.

Show or hide placeholders

  1. At the top of the Slide Master pane, click the slide master, and on the Slide Master tab, click Master Layout.

  2. To show or hide the title, text, date, slide numbers, or footer placeholders on the slide master, select or clear the check boxes to show or hide the placeholders.

    Show or hide slide master placeholders

Use multiple slide masters

You can use more than one slide master in a presentation. For more information, see Use multiple slide masters in one presentation

For more information about slide masters and slide layouts, see:

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