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Each time you apply a new theme to your slides, a slide master appears in the background. It stores information about the theme such as font style, colors, effects, placeholder size, text alignment, and more. The slide master allows you to easily make changes to all slides or a specific slide layout. In this lesson, you will learn how to use the slide master view to apply changes to the slide master and supporting layouts.
The Slide Master The easiest way to make the same change to all slides or slides that use a specific layout is to change the slide master, also called the master slide. For example, imagine that you like a theme, but want to change a specific design element of the theme. You may want a different bullet style, slide titles that are center-aligned instead of left-aligned, or an accent line under each slide title. You can quickly make these changes and more by modifying the slide master.
To View the Slide Master: Select the View tab. Click the Slide Master View command in the Presentation Views group.
The slide master tab will appear as the active tab on the Ribbon, and the slide master task pane will appear on the left.
About Slide Master View The slide master view appears similar to normal view; however, in slide master view master slides are displayed in the task pane rather than actual slides. The first thumbnail image in the task pane on the left is the slide master that controls all the slides. If you want to make a change to all the slides in a presentation, you can do so by changing this slide
Each slide below the slide master is a master slide for a supporting layout. For example, if you want to make a change to all the slides that use a Title and Content layout, you can do so using the Title and Content layout master slide in the task pane
You can see which slides in the presentation use a specific layout. To see this information, just hover over a layout and read the screen tip. The screen tip contains the slide numbers that use the layout.
Making Changes to All Slides Any change that you can make to a slide in normal view can be made to the slide master so the change will be reflected on all the slides in the presentation. The following examples will show how you can make these changes, and move from the Slide Master tab to other tabs on the Ribbon while the presentation remains in slide master view.
To Change the Theme Font on All Slides: Select the View tab. Click the Slide Master View command in the Presentation Views group. The Slide Master tab will appear active.
Select the slide master for all the slides, if it is not currently selected
Click the Fonts command in the Edit Theme group on the Slide Master tab. Hover over each option to display a live preview of the font option on the master slide.
Click a menu option to select it. Click the Close Master View command to return to normal view.
To Change Text Color/Alignment on All Slides: Select the View tab. Click the Slide Master View command in the Presentation Views group. The Slide Master tab will appear active. Select the slide master for all the slides, if it is not currently selected. Select the text you wish to modify and format as you wish. In this example, we will change the title color and alignment.
Select the Home tab. The slide master and supporting layouts will remain in the slide task pane on the left because slide master view is the current view. Click the Font Color command in the Font group. Hover over each font option to display a live preview on the master slide.