Use multiple themes in one presentation

If you want your presentation to contain more than one theme (layouts that contain colors, fonts, and effects), your presentation must contain multiple slide masters. Each master contains a set of layouts that will take on the colors, fonts and effects of your themes.

Each theme is associated with a set of layouts, and each set of layouts are associated with a single slide master. So, two slide masters will have two sets of layouts (two designs) that you can apply to your presentation.

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.

    Tip: The second slide master is inserted and selected automatically.

  3. On the Slide Master tab, pick Themes, and pick 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, click Close Master View.

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.

Multiple Slide Masters
Two themes applied to two separate slides masters in one presentation

To apply your masters to new slides

  • Under Slides, click the down arrow next to New slide to drop down a selection of thumbnails.

    New slide button
  • 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 your masters to existing slides

  • Click the slide you want to change.

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

    Layout button
  • 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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