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PowerPoint 2007: Working with Masters

PowerPoint 2007: 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.

Using the Slide Master Contextual Tab

As with many things Office 2007-related, when you begin working with Slide Masters, there is a new contextual tab.

Figure 41. Slide Master Contextual Tab

               

 

 

 Figure 42. Edit Master Group

The Edit Master group is found on the Slide Master Contextual Tab and contains commands for creating new slide masters and inserting new layouts. Additionally, you can delete or rename slide masters using commands in this group.

The Master Layout group is found on the Slide Master Contextual Tab and contains commands for inserting both a title and footers. Additionally, you can use the drop-down command to insert placeholders for text, pictures, charts, SmartArt and more.

 

 Figure 43. Master Layout Group

 

 

Figure 44. Edit Theme Group

Also on the Slide Master Contextual Tab is the Edit Theme group. In this group, you’ll find commands for adding themes including colors, fonts and effects to your slide masters.

In the Background Group on the Slide Master Contextual Tab, you’ll find commands for adding background styles and hiding those same background graphics.

 

 

Figure 45. Background Group

 

Figure 46. Page Setup Group

The Page Setup group on the Slide Master Contextual Tab contains commands for editing slide orientation to portrait or landscape and editing page setup options.

The final group on the Slide Master Contextual Tab is the Close group which contains only one command – Close Master View. This command closes the current view and returns you to your slide view.

 

Figure 47. Close Master View Group

 

Editing a Slide Master

     
  1.  Choose the Slide Master command in the Presentation Views group on the View tab
     
  2.  
  3. Select a slide to edit on the left side
     
  4.  
  5. Using the Slide Master Contextual tab, set your formatting options
     
  6.  
  7. Remove or add placeholders
     
  8.  
  9.  Click the Close Master View command in the Close group on the Slide Master Contextual tab 
     

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.

Using the Handout Master Contextual Tab

As with many things Office 2007-related, when you begin working with Handout Masters, there is a new contextual tab.

Figure 48. Handout Master Contextual Tab

               

 

 Figure 49. Page Setup Group

The Page Setup group on the Handout Master Contextual Tab contains commands for editing slide and handout orientation to portrait or landscape and editing page setup options including the number of slides per page when printing handouts.

The Placeholders group on the Handout Master Contextual Tab contains four checkboxes – Header, Footer, Date and Page Number. Each item that is checked will appear on the selected master.

 

 

 Figure 50. Placeholders Group

 

 Figure 51. Edit Theme Group

Also on the Handout Master Contextual Tab is the Edit Theme group. In this group, you’ll find commands for adding themes including colors, fonts and effects to your handout masters.

 



 

               

In the Background Group on the Handout Master Contextual Tab, you’ll find commands for adding background styles and hiding those same background graphics.

 

 Figure 52. Background Group

 

 Figure 53. Close Master View Group

The final group on the Handout Master Contextual Tab is the Close group which contains only one command – Close Master View. This command closes the current view and returns you to your slide view.

Editing a Handout Master

     
  1.  Choose the Handout Master command in the Presentation Views group on the View tab
     
  2.  
  3. Select a handout to edit on the left side
     
  4.  
  5. Using the Handout Master Contextual tab, set your formatting options
     
  6.  
  7. Remove or add placeholders
     
  8.  
  9.  Click the Close Master View command in the Close group on the Handout Master Contextual tab 
     

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.

Using the Notes Master Contextual Tab

As with many things Office 2007-related, when you begin working with Notes Masters, there is a new contextual tab.

Figure 54. Notes Master Contextual Tab

               

 

 Figure 55. Page Setup Group

The Page Setup group on the Notes Master Contextual Tab contains commands for editing slide and notes pages orientation to portrait or landscape and editing page setup options.

The Placeholders group on the Notes Master Contextual Tab contains six checkboxes – Header, Slide Image, Footer, Date, Body and Page Number. Each item that is checked will appear on the selected master.

 

 Figure 56. Placeholders Group

 

 Figure 57. Edit Theme Group

Also on the Notes Master Contextual Tab is the Edit Theme group. In this group, you’ll find commands for adding themes including colors, fonts and effects to your notes masters.

 



 

               

In the Background Group on the Notes Master Contextual Tab, you’ll find commands for adding background styles and hiding those same background graphics.

 

Figure 58. Background Group

 

Figure 59. Close Master View Group

The final group on the Notes Master Contextual Tab is the Close group which contains only one command – Close Master View. This command closes the current view and returns you to your slide view.

Editing a Notes Master

     
  1.  Choose the Notes Master command in the Presentation Views group on the View tab
     
  2.  
  3. Select a Note Page to edit on the left side
     
  4.  
  5. Using the Notes Master Contextual tab, set your formatting options
     
  6.  
  7. Remove or add placeholders
     
  8.  
  9.  Click the Close Master View command in the Close group on the Notes Master Contextual tab