Modify a slide master in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

If you change the formatting, position, and common elements in the slide master, you don't have to edit individual slides in your presentation. The following illustration shows how a change to the slide master, such as applying an orange fill color to the title placeholder, is replicated in the related slide layouts.

Slide layouts inherit Slide Master formatting

Callout 1 Slide master with formatted title element

Callout 2 Slide layouts with formatting inherited from slide master

If you have multiple themes applied to different slides in your presentation, then you will see a slide master for each one in slide master view.

Create and customize one or more slide masters

  1. On the View tab, click Slide Master.

    PPT for Mac Slide Master Command
  2. When you open Slide Master view, a blank slide-master with the default, associated layouts appears. If you want to add another slide master, do the following:

    • Click a location in the slide thumbnail pane where you want the new slide master to appear.

    • On the Slide Master tab, click Insert Slide Master.

      Note: In the slide thumbnail pane, the slide master is the larger slide image, and the associated layouts are positioned beneath the slide master.

  3. Do any of the following:

    • To create one or more custom layouts or to modify existing layouts, see Create a new custom layout.

    • To remove any of the built-in slide layouts that accompany the default slide master, in the slide thumbnail pane, click each slide layout that you want to delete, and then on the Slide Master tab, click Delete.

    • To apply a design or theme-based colors, fonts, effects and backgrounds, see Change and save a theme.

    • To set the page orientation for all of the slides in your presentation, on the Slide Master tab, click Slide Size > Page Setup. Under Orientation, click the orientation you want.

      PPT for Mac Page Orientation
    • To add text that will appear as a footer at the bottom of all of the pages in your presentation, on the Slide Master tab, click Slide Size >Page Setup > Header/Footer.

  4. After you make your changes, on the Slide Master tab, click Close Master.

  5. If you want to save this as a template to reuse again, click File > Save as Template, type a file name, and click Save.

See also

Create or change slide layouts in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Change the page layout for printed handouts

Add a transparent picture (watermark) to your slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Add a logo, company name, or header or footer text to handouts

Add page numbers, the date and time, or footer text to all slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Change footer formatting on all slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

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