In this video, staff instructor Jess Stratton shows users how to make changes across all slides or just a particular slide layout using the slide master, a special view to make changes.
- [Instructor] Each layout and theme is predefined with a certain look, feel, color, even font properties. You can manually override those every time with every slide, but sometimes it's easier just to change it all at once, and that way when you insert a new slide with the layout, it's always going to look the way you want it to look. You can do that by changing what's called the slide master, and that's the master look of that particular slide for that theme. To get into the slide master, change to the view ribbon tab, and click slide master.
I'm going to scroll all the way to the top, and this very top one is the root slide that's used in all the layouts. Underneath this is every single other layout for this theme. So let's start by making a change that will carry across every slide. I'm going to change the font, because it's tiresome to have to change the font every time I put a new layout into my presentation. In PowerPoint, you can either click and drag to highlight a particular block of text, you can click and drag to highlight everything, or you can just click once on this text box, it's going to change the font properties inside the entire text box.
So with this box selected, I'll change to the home ribbon tab, and here at the top of the screen I can see the font properties. I'll click the down arrow and change to a new font. If I hover my mouse over, I'll get a preview of how it's going to look. I'll click this top text box and do the same thing. I can change any other property, for example, I can make it bold, I can change the color of it, I can make it bigger or smaller, but it's important to note that it's going to change across every slide, and you can still manually override every slide on a slide-by-slide basis.
Now that I've changed it here, you'll notice that it's changed in every single sub-slide, that is, all the other layouts. I can also manually override and change any particular slide layout if I hover my mouse over it, it's going to tell me the title of it and what slides in my presentation are currently using that layout. For example, here's a title in content layout, currently no slides are using it. Here's a section header layout, here's my two content layout, and it shows me that currently slide number two is using this layout.
I'm going to go ahead and click on it. I can change anything I want to in here. I can delete a text box or a content layout, I can add one, I can change the font properties, and in the slide master ribbon tab, I can insert other place holders, for example, a picture place holder, content, or other media. For this example, I'll add an image. I want my logo to appear on the top right hand side.
Now I probably won't keep this for the rest of the presentation, but I wanna show you that you can do this. I'll change to the insert ribbon tab, I'll click pictures, I'll head over to my asset folder, and here's the logo. I'll select it and click insert. It dumps it right into the middle of the slide. It's selected, so I'll drag it with my mouse to move it to the top right hand side of the slide.
Now I've just changed the content layout slide. Throughout all of this, I've been going back and forth to different ribbon tabs to do different things like changing the font, so to get out of slide master and get back to editing your presentation, you'll need to click on the slide master ribbon tab, and all the way on the right hand side, click close master view. Let's take a look at our presentation. The font has changed, and here's my content layout slide, it's also changed. Here's the logo.
But here's the real beauty of changing slide masters, I'm going to insert a new slide. I'll click new slide, and I'll put in another two content layout slide. I can already see my new logo is here in the top corner of the preview, and when I add a new slide with that layout, my logo is already in place, I don't have to insert it every time. So while using slide masters can look a little overwhelming at first, once you get the hang of it, they can really make creating slides a much faster process for your presentation.
- Getting started quickly with PowerPoint
- Creating new presentations
- Adding, removing, and rearranging slides
- Changing slide layouts
- Inserting and formatting images and shapes
- Adding animation and transitions
- Sharing and collaborating on presentations
- Delivering the presentation
- Saving themes and templates
- Exporting presentations as video, PDF, or JPEG files