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Understanding slide masters

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Video: Understanding slide masters

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.

Understanding slide masters

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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PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. What is PowerPoint?
      1m 50s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 19m 17s
    1. Managing your presentations with Backstage
      4m 14s
    2. Using the Office Ribbon
      4m 57s
    3. Customizing the view
      3m 42s
    4. Customizing the Office Ribbon
      6m 24s
  3. 41m 41s
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 19s
    2. Adding slides and content
      3m 24s
    3. Deleting slides and changing layouts
      2m 24s
    4. Rearranging slides
      1m 46s
    5. Saving time with Outline mode
      3m 51s
    6. Separating your show into sections
      5m 15s
    7. Adding photos and clip art
      5m 24s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 6s
    9. Using the thesaurus
      1m 17s
    10. Saving a presentation
      4m 22s
    11. Applying a theme
      3m 59s
    12. Running the show
      3m 34s
  4. 42m 39s
    1. Using fonts and color
      7m 17s
    2. Adding bullets and list numbering
      2m 10s
    3. Changing text alignment
      2m 13s
    4. Using picture effects
      5m 54s
    5. Removing backgrounds from photos
      5m 52s
    6. Understanding slide masters
      3m 7s
    7. Changing slide backgrounds
      3m 17s
    8. Adding a logo to the background
      6m 18s
    9. Applying slide transitions
      4m 33s
    10. Saving the design template
      1m 58s
  5. 17m 10s
    1. Creating tables
      2m 2s
    2. Formatting tables
      3m 57s
    3. Pasting tables from Excel
      5m 1s
    4. Creating charts
      2m 16s
    5. Pasting charts from Excel
      3m 54s
  6. 24m 43s
    1. Adding shapes
      3m 0s
    2. Moving, resizing, formatting, and rotating shapes
      5m 14s
    3. Adding text to shapes
      2m 57s
    4. Adding text boxes
      3m 54s
    5. Working with layers (Send to Back and Send to Front)
      5m 17s
    6. Animating text, shapes, and other objects
      4m 21s
  7. 13m 10s
    1. Adding an audio clip
      3m 16s
    2. Adding video
      5m 7s
    3. Cropping video
      4m 47s
  8. 14m 27s
    1. Adding organizational charts
      4m 59s
    2. Adding cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, and other diagrams
      9m 28s
  9. 26m 40s
    1. Printing a presentation
      5m 22s
    2. Adding speaker notes
      3m 3s
    3. Saving your presentation as a PDF
      3m 12s
    4. Presenting on another laptop (packaging)
      4m 28s
    5. Broadcasting on the web
      3m 52s
    6. Saving as a video
      3m 24s
    7. Using web apps through SharePoint
      3m 19s
  10. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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