Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Adjusting the layout of a slide master, part of PowerPoint: From Outline to Presentation.
Let's take a look at the master slides and update their appearance. So, we have everything selected, and I see that I've applied Century Bold at 40 points. Now, as I go to some of the other slides, you'll note that that formatting is carried across. It's gone ahead and applied a relative increase in size and applied the bold formatting. If you encounter a slide that this hasn't been done on, you can go ahead and change it very quickly. But Powerpoint's usually pretty intelligent. Now this is looking good, and I like how my overall titles have been improved.
There you go. Bold. 40. And what you want to do is just get some consistency for the presentation. So, make sure you take the time to check each of these master layouts. Typically, once you've made a change on a slide layout that's very similar. The others will adjust. Now, these side layouts, I never touch so I don't need to worry about those. But one thing that's bugging me is the mixture of the font families.
Up here, I've been using Century Gothic. And down below, they're using Palatino. Well, I don't really like that here, so let's make a change. There we go. And let's switch that to Century Gothic and you see it updates. Now you may have to go through and apply that, but remember the last font is available right there at the top. I'm not going to use this layout so in fact I'll just delete it right now, because that's not going to be useful to me. Looks good. Here we go. And a quick change. Now as you're working.
If you want to make a relative change to the point size, you can use these here, increase. Or the short cut Control+Shift+ And the left will do the decrease. This is an easy way to bump up the overall point size across the board. So, instead of having to type in an absolute size, you could make a relative change. I think starting that at 20 is about right. Once you've finished going through and updating your master slides, you just want to close and store that view. You'll see there's a nice big box here that closing that, will actually go back to editing the show.
Now if you look closely, you might notice that the slides don't exactly match the master view. Some of the point sizes have changed, but it's not going to go ahead and apply everything. You'll need to click the Reset button to force it to take the new style. And so what I'd recommend is, select all of your slides, and click Reset. When you do, they'll take on the new master slide layout. And you see that the larger point size, as well as the bold formatting has been applied. Now, occasionally, it's not going to work precisely.
And we'll go through and clean these up next. But you see that it was much faster to change the Master Slide layout. That it was to inconsistently go through and modify my slides. This is sped this up, and has taken us to presentation that's that much closer to being completed.
This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington.
- Setting a schedule and goals
- Working in stages
- Building an outline
- Using an outline to create your initial slides
- Formatting text
- Changing templates and themes
- Using photos, shapes, and charts in PowerPoint
- Adding video
- Animating your slideshow
- Consolidating, testing, and rehearsing you presentation