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PowerPoint 2003: Working with Masters

PowerPoint 2003: Working with Masters

Working with Masters can absolutely save you time down the road. Each master stores information for slides like the position of placeholders (text or objects) and formatting including backgrounds, color schemes and effects. And, each slide master can contain multiple, different slide layouts.

Slide Master

The Slide Master holds information about slides in your presentation. And, if you want to make uniform changes to multiple slides, the Slide Master is the place to do it since any changes to the Slide Master will affect all slides linked to the Slide Master.

Editing a Slide Master
     
  1. View the slide for which you want to modify the master
     
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  3. Hold down [SHIFT] and click the Slide Master View button (typically, this is the Normal View button)
     
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  5. Set your formatting options
     
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  7. Remove or add placeholders
     
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  9. Click the Normal View button
     

Handout Master

Like the Slide Master, the Handout Master holds information about handouts in your presentation. And, if you want to make uniform changes to multiple handout layouts, the Handout Master is the place to do it since any changes to the Handout Master will affect all slides linked to that Master.

Editing a Handout Master
     
  1. Choose the View: Master: Handout Master from the Menu bar
     
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  3. Select a handout to edit on the left side
     
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  5. Using the Handout Master toolbar, set your formatting options
     
  6.  
  7. Remove or add placeholders
     
  8.  
  9. Click the Normal View button
     

Notes Master

As with the Handout Master and the Slide Master, the Notes Master holds information about Note Pages in your presentation. And, if you want to make uniform changes to multiple note pages layouts, the Note Pages Master is the place to do it since any changes to the Note Pages Master will affect all slides linked to that Master.

Editing a Notes Master
     
  1. Choose the View: Master: Notes Master from the Menu bar
     
  2.  
  3. Using the Notes Master toolbar, set your formatting options
     
  4.  
  5. Remove or add placeholders
     
  6.  
  7. Click the Normal View button