Customize a slide master


To understand why you might want to use a slide master, see What is a slide master?

You can change a slide master's colors, fonts, or effects. You can hide or show placeholders.

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

In Slide Master view, the slide master is at the top of the thumbnail pane with the related layout masters 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. For more info see Customize and save a theme in PowerPoint, Remove or change the current theme, or What is a theme?.


    • 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. For more info, see Format the background color of slides.

  • 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.

  • To add an image, see Add a background picture (or watermark) to slides.

Change the font

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

  2. On the Slide Master tab of the ribbon, in the Background group, select Fonts to change the font of all of your text at once. Select an option from the list, or click Customize Fonts for more options. For more info, see Change the default font.

    In the list of font options, two font names appear under each bold label. The first font name is for headings, and the second name is for body text, as illustrated in the highlighted names below:

    The Font menu gives you choices of font pairs for heading text and body text

Add effects

The theme effect determines the nature of the Shape Styles offered to you on the Format tab when you're editing a shape or SmartArt graphic.

The Shape Styles gallery
  1. At the top of the Slide Master pane, click the slide master.

  2. On the Slide Master tab, in the Background group, select 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. For more info, see Add a placeholder to a layout.

    Show or hide slide master placeholders

Change line spacing or indentation

On the master slide, body text has five levels of text defined. You can change the indentation or spacing on any of these paragraphs.

  1. On the View tab, in the Master Views group, select Slide Master.

  2. At the top of the Slide Master pane, click the slide master, and then in the main pane, select the paragraph or paragraphs of body text that you want to adjust.

  3. Select the Home tab.

  4. In the Font group on the ribbon, in the bottom-right corner of the Paragraph group, select the dialog launcher:

    The dialog launcher is at the bottom right corner of the Paragraph group on the ribbon
  5. In the Paragraph dialog box, adjust the paragraph settings as you see fit.

    See Change text alignment, indentation, and spacing for information about the features in the dialog box.

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:

Create your slide master

  1. Open a blank presentation, and then, on the View tab, in the Presentation Views group, click Slide Master.

  2. When you open Slide Master view, a blank slide-master appears, and the associated layout masters are subordinate to it. If you want to add another slide master, do the following:

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

    2. On the Slide Master tab, in the Edit Master group, 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. To create one or more custom layouts or to modify existing layout masters, see Create a new custom layout.

  4. To add or modify placeholders in your layouts, see Add one or more content placeholders to a layout.

  5. To remove any of the built-in slide layouts that accompany the default slide master, in the slide thumbnail pane, right-click the layout master that you want to delete, and then click Delete Layout on the shortcut menu.

  6. To set the page orientation for all of the slides in your presentation, on the Slide Master tab, in the Page Setup group, click Slide Orientation, and then click either Portrait or Landscape.

  7. To add text that will appear as a footer at the bottom of all of the pages in your presentation, do the following:

    1. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Header & Footer.

    2. In the Header and Footer dialog box, on the Slide tab, select the Footer check box, and then type the text that you want to appear in the center-bottom of your slides.

    3. Click Apply to All.

  8. Click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , and then click Save As.

  9. In the File name box, type a file name, or do nothing to accept the suggested file name.

  10. In the Save as type list, click PowerPoint Template, and then click Save.

  11. On the Slide Master tab, in the Close group, click Close Master View.

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