Use multiple themes in one presentation

If you want your presentation to contain more than one theme (layouts that contain colors, fonts, and effects), add another slide master to it, and apply a theme to the new slide master.

Use multiple themes in a presentation in PowerPoint 2016 and 2013

Your presentation currently has one slide master with a theme applied. To add a second theme, add another slide master with a different theme. Here's how:

  1. On the View tab, pick Slide Master.

    shows the slide master button on the ribbon in PowerPoint

  2. On the Slide Master tab, pick Insert Slide Master.

    A second slide master is inserted in the thumbnail pane on the left.

  3. With the new slide master selected in the thumbnail pane, on the Slide Master tab of the ribbon, select Themes, and choose a theme from the list.

    Shows Slide Master Themes options in PowerPoint

    The Slide Master you've added will now have a different theme from the other Slide Master in your presentation.

  4. When you've finished your selections, select Close Master View.

The new theme you just chose hasn't been applied to any slides yet, but now you now have two different themes that you can apply to slides. See the two procedures below to make use of the new theme and slide master you've just added.

Use multiple themes in a presentation in PowerPoint 2010 or 2007

  1. On the View tab, click Slide Master.

  2. On the Slide Master tab, in the Edit Theme group, click Themes.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To apply a built-in theme, under Built-In, click the theme that you want.

    • To apply a newly-created theme or an existing theme that you modified and saved, under Custom, click the theme that you want.

      Note: Custom is available in the Themes gallery only if you created one or more custom themes. For more info about customizing a theme in SharePoint 2010, see Customize and save a theme in PowerPoint. For info about customizing a theme in SharePoint 2007, see Customize and save a theme in PowerPoint 2007.

    • To apply a themed document stored in a different location, click Browse for Themes, and then locate and select the theme you want.

  4. To apply a second master and set of layouts, scroll to the end of the layouts in the Slide Master View.

  5. Click after the last layout, click Theme, and then choose a theme. A new set of layouts will appear in the style you picked.

  6. Continue until you're done, and then click Close Master View.

You now have two themes to choose from in this presentation, but the new theme you've chosen hasn't been applied to any slides yet. See the two procedures below to make use of the new theme and slide master you've just added.

Two Slide Masters in one presentation
One presentation has two slide masters, each with a different theme applied to it

To apply a theme to new slides

  1. On the Home tab of the ribbon, under Slides, click the down arrow next to New Slide to open a gallery of slide-layout thumbnails.

    New slide button
  2. Scroll the thumbnails, and click the theme and layout you want to use.

    Click arrow next to New slide for selection of masters

For more info, see Edit and reapply a slide layout.

To apply a theme to existing slides

  1. Click the slide you want to change.

  2. Under Slides, click the down arrow next to Layout to drop down a selection of thumbnails.

    Layout button
  3. Scroll the thumbnails, and click the theme and layout you want to use.

    Click the down arrow next to Layout for selection of masters

For more info, see Edit and reapply a slide layout.

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