Add Slide Master

This tutorial will demonstrate how to add slide master to your PowerPoint presentation.

When working with Master Slides, it's good to know the definitions of the various types:

Title master Slide Master

The slide that stores information about the design template applied, including font styles, placeholder sizes and positions, background design, and color schemes.


Slide masterTitle Master

The slide that stores information from the design template pertaining to styles on title slides, including placeholder sizes and positions, background design, and color schemes.


Design templateDesign Template

A file that contains styles in a presentation, including the type and size of bullets and fonts; placeholder sizes and positions; background design and fill color schemes; and a slide master and optional title.


Powerpoint Tutorial: Add Slide Master

On the View menu, point to Master, and then click Slide Master.

PowerPoint insert slide master

Then do any of the following:

To add a slide master, that uses the default styles in PowerPoint, on the Slide Master view toolbar, click Insert New Slide Master

slide master insert new master

To add a slide master by adding a new design template, on the Formatting toolbar, click Design, point to the design template you want, click the arrow, and select on of the options on the shortcut menu.

slide master design

PowerPoint Tutorial: Add a Title Master

If you want to insert a title master for an existing slide master, select the slide master thumbnail on the left, and on the Slide Master View toolbar, click Insert New Title Master.

insert title master

Note that when you add a new master or add a design template, the design appears in the Slide Design task pane under Used in this presentation. The design template is then available to use on any new slides when you are working in normal view.

View these related PowerPoint tutorials:

Add and Edit Text
PowerPoint Design Templates
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