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So far, with the exception of applying a design theme, every change we've made has only affected one slide. When we changed the font sizes and colors, or changed from bullets to numbers, it was a localized change, and didn't affect any other slides. All of that is about to change. Slide Masters, somewhat like a template, influence the format and layout of your presentation. By modifying a Slide Master, you modify all of the slides that are linked to that master, maintaining consistency and saving time. Let me show you.
From the View tab in the Ribbon, we're going to click on Slide Master. Your screen changes quite a bit, and the first couple of times you do this it will be a little disconcerting. So let me walk you through what's happened. First, you no longer see a presentation; instead, you see the Slide Masters that your presentation has. Ours has three. There's 1, 2 and 3, one for each design that we've incorporated. Under each Slide Master is a variety of slide layouts.
These should look familiar to you. Every Slide Master has layouts that we can choose from to position placeholders for text and other content. You'll probably recognize these. This is the original one where we have a title and a spot for bullets. Here's the title page, here's a section header, a title with two columns, and a few more that we haven't really used yet. These correspond exactly to what you've seen before when we've pulled down the New Slide menu and chosen one of these layouts, or chosen the Layout menu to reapply to the existing slide.
Changes that we make here to the Slide Master generally affect the layouts inside it. Let me demonstrate this for you. If I take this text box and decide to give it some color, you'll see how it's affected the same text box placeholder throughout that particular Slide Master. I'll undo that, and instead this time, I'll change the font itself. I'll click the title text boundary, change the font, make it bold, and change the color.
As you can see, it's changed it here, here, and here. Let's go ahead and undo those changes. Now that you have been introduced to the concept of a Slide Master, I'll use the next three videos to discuss what you can do to format the Slide Masters, and your overall presentation. Note that when you're finished modifying your Slide Masters to return to Normal view, just click the Close Master View button that appears on the Slide Master tab of the Ribbon.
As a shortcut, you can also click on the Normal view here in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.
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