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Slide Master Overview

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Slide Master Overview

PowerPoint Beyond Bullets: Working with the Slide Master

    PowerPoint Beyond Bullets: Working with the Slide Master ........................................... 1 Slide Master Overview ................................................................................................ 1 Slide Master - Key Points ............................................................................................ 2 Slide Master Editing Basics ......................................................................................... 2 Editing the Slide Master Directly ................................................................................. 3

    Slide Master View ................................................................................................... 3

    Change Text Attributes ............................................................................................ 4

    Change a Bullet Style or Color ................................................................................ 4

    Remove Bullets ....................................................................................................... 4

    Insert a Picture ......................................................................................................... 4

    Remove or Reposition Text Placeholders ................................................................. 4

    Resize a Text Placeholder ........................................................................................ 4

    Adjust Text Positioning and Internal Margins on Placeholders ................................. 4 Background Edits Using The Slide Design Task Pane.................................................. 5

    Applying a Design Template................................................................................... 5

    Choosing a Color Scheme for your Design Template ............................................... 5

    Editing/Modifying Color Schemes ........................................................................... 5 Extra Credit! Creating a Custom Slide Template from Scratch .................................... 6

    Apply a Custom Background Fill Effect .................................................................. 6

    Use a Faded (Washout) Picture as a Background ..................................................... 6

    Saving your presentation as a template..................................................................... 7

Slide Master Overview

    Although not readily apparent, all Microsoft software uses templates. In Word, this

    template is your normal.dot file. Every time you open Word, you are opening a

    preformatted word document all you have to do is type. PowerPoint also uses a

    template, called the Slide Master, which comes with preset formatting for your

    presentation. Background graphics, text box positioning, text formatting, bullet

    formatting, color schemes, etc. are all examples of information that is stored on the Slide

    Master. Unfortunately, most people aren‟t aware it exists, so when they want to make a

    change to every slide in a presentation, it becomes a painstaking slide by slide effort.

    However, they could be making all those slides change at once, using the Slide Master.

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Slide Master - Key Points

    ; The Slide Master makes it easy to change the look of text, background graphics,

    bullets, etc. rather than making changes on each individual slide.

    ; The Slide Master allows you to create a custom slide design that can be saved as a

    template and reused in future PowerPoint presentations you create.

    ; The text or formatting on any individual slide can be changed to override the

    design features in the Slide Master. This is called „manual formatting‟.

    ; If you have one or two slides that need to be different than the rest, the Slide

    Master can be „turned off‟. For example, you might have one or two slides that

    require a „blank‟ background, but wish the rest to have a similar look and feel.

    ; Changes made to the Slide Master will not override any manual formatting that

    you applied to individual slides. For that reason, it is very important to set up all

    of your formatting and design parameters on the Slide Master before you start to

    add content to your presentation.

    Slide Master Editing Basics

    There are two ways to make global changes to your presentation and PowerPoint has some rules about which method works best to change certain features.

Editing The Slide Master Directly

    You edit the Slide Master directly (View ? Master ? Slide Master) to do the following:

     Change the font or bullets style

     Insert a picture or graphic that you want to appear in the background of your

    presentation

     Change placeholder positions, size, and formatting

     Create a custom slide template from scratch

Background Edits Using The Slide Design Task Pane

    Not all changes to the Slide Master should be made directly on the Slide Master. Changing backgrounds with the Slide Master can get tricky if you are using Color Schemes and Slide Designs. For this reason, some changes should be applied from menu commands. These include:

     Applying/Changing a design template (Format ? Slide Design)

     Modifying/Customizing color scheme elements (Format ? Slide Design . Click

    on Color Schemes at the top or Edit Color Scheme at the bottom of task pane)

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Editing the Slide Master Directly

    Slide Master View

    Once you have applied a basic design template and

    color scheme, you can make modifications by going

    into Slide Master View and editing the template

    directly. To do this:

     Go to Slide Master View:

     Go to View ? Master ? Slide Master.

    The slide master view appears. Notice that there are two slides in the slide sorter. The top slide (1) is the Slide Master. The bottom slide (2) is the Title Master. Changes made to the Title Master will only affect Title Slides.

    Slide Master View

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Change Text Attributes

     Select the Text you wish to change.

     Apply font size and style changes as needed.

    Note: To change the color of all text, see ‘edit color scheme’ in the next section.

    Change a Bullet Style or Color

     Highlight the Sentence or Sentences with bullets you want to change.

     Go to Format ? Bullets and Numbering.

     Change the Bullet, Bullet Size, Bullet Color, etc.

    Remove Bullets

     Highlight the sentence or sentences with bullets you want to remove.

     Click on the bullet button on the toolbar to remove the bullets .

    (The bullet button toggles bullets on and off.)

    Insert a Picture

     Go to Insert ? Picture.

     Choose “From File” or “From Clip Art.

     Find and insert the picture.

     Position the picture on the slide by clicking on it and dragging it. Be sure it is in a

    location where it will not interfere with text. Resize as necessary. Remove or Reposition Text Placeholders

     Click into the placeholder.

     Click on the edge of the placeholder and hold to drag to a new position.

     Or press Delete” on your keyboard to delete.

    Resize a Text Placeholder

     Click on the placeholder to select it.

     Click on one of round “handles” on the edge and hold the mouse button down.

     Drag the mouse outward to stretch and inward to shrink the placeholder. Adjust Text Positioning and Internal Margins on Placeholders

     Click into the Placeholder.

     Go to Format ? Placeholder.

     Click on the “Text Box” Tab.

     Click on the dropdown arrow to

    anchor text to the Top, Middle, Bottom,

    or other specified position within the

    text box.

     Adjust internal margins as needed.

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    Background Edits Using The Slide Design Task Pane Applying a Design Template

     Go to Format ? Slide Design.

     In the Slide Design Task Pane that opens on the right side of your screen, Scroll

    and find the design style of your choice.

     Click on the thumbnail picture of the design to apply it to your presentation.

    Choosing a Color Scheme for your Design Template

     Go to Format ? Slide Design.

     Click on Color Schemes‟ at the top of the task pane on the right side of the

    screen.

     Click on your preferred color scheme to apply it to your presentation. Editing/Modifying Color Schemes

     Click on Edit Color Scheme‟ at the bottom of the task pane.

     Make changes to the Text, Fills, Background, etc., as shown below:

    Note: There is no option to

    change bullet color. By

    default, bullets are the same

    color as text. Changing the

    text and line color will

    also change the bullet color.

    Changing bullet color only

    must be done from the

    Slide Master.

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     Extra Credit! Creating a Custom Slide Template from Scratch

Open a New PowerPoint Presentation.

     Go to Format ? Slide Design.

     Select the Blank Slide Template.

     Set the Color Scheme for your Template. (See directions on page 5, above.)

     Open the Slide Master by going to View ? Master ? Slide Master.

     Create your masterpiece! Apply background and text formatting, insert pictures,

    format your bullets etc. Some tips for creative backgrounds are below.

     Note: Be sure to format both the Slide Master and the Title Master.

    Apply a Custom Background Fill Effect

     On the Side Master, Go to Format ? Background

    and do one of the following:

     Select the background color if it appears as an option.

     Click on “More Colors” to see a full range of color

    choices.

     Click on “Fill Effects” to see a wide variety of color fill

    options.

    Use a Faded (Washout) Picture as a Background

     On the Slide Master, Go to Insert ?

    Picture.

     Choose “From File” or “From Clip

    Art.

     Find and insert the picture.

     Resize the picture to fit the slide by

    clicking on it and dragging it.

     Double click on the picture to open the

    picture toolbar.

     If the toolbar does not appear on your

    screen, go to:

    View?Toolbars?Picture

     Click on the „color‟ button on the

    toolbar and select “Washout”

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Saving your presentation as a template

    When you have created the visual look you want, save it as a template.

     Go to File ? Save.

     Give your presentation a name.

     At the bottom of the Save As dialog box, select Design Template (*.pot)

    The next time you open PowerPoint, the slide master from your custom presentation will appear in the slide design task pane, along with Microsoft‟s standard PowerPoint templates.

Note: Selecting Design Template will automatically set the ‘save in’ location to the

    templates folder. Do not change this location. Saving it in the templates folder insures that the template will appear in your slide design task pane whenever you open PowerPoint on your computer.

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