How to Use PowerPoint Slide Master View in 60 Seconds

When you want to customize your PowerPoint themes, Slide Master view is just what you need. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use Slide Master view to adjust your layouts fast.

How to Use PowerPoint Slide Master View in 60 Seconds

Use PowerPoint Slide Master View to Make Quick Adjustments

Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps that compliment this video.

1. Open Up Your PowerPoint Slide Layout

I’m using the Simplicity set of PowerPoint templates, which are Premium presentation templates available on GraphicRiver.

How to Use PowerPoint Slide Master View in 60 Seconds

I’m working in PowerPoint on a slide, with the Simplicity template, and I’ve already chosen a slide layout.

How to Use PowerPoint Slide Master View in 60 Seconds

2. Select PowerPoint Slide Master View

But let’s say that I want to tweak it, I want to make this black box cover the entire slide. For this we need Slide Master view. So I’m going to switch to View on the ribbon, and then choose Slide Master. On the left side, you’ll see thumbnails for each of the layouts.

How to Use PowerPoint Slide Master View in 60 Seconds

3. Use Slide Master View to Make Quick Layout Changes

PowerPoint has already selected the one that we want to modify. Now we’ll see on the right side that we’re working with the template for the slide.

You can click, and move, and modify elements. Let’s click and drag the box to cover the entire slide, and now modify the text at the top to white. Then highlight it, and change it to white.

How to Use PowerPoint Slide Master View in 60 Seconds

Finishing Up!

When finished, click on normal in the views, and that takes you back to working on the presentation itself, with the modified layout for the slide.

In short, Slide Master view is for changing the look and feel of your template. You can make simple adjustments to your templates slides—as we’ve done here—or apply more complex modifications.

How to Use PowerPoint Slide Master View in 60 Seconds

Working Deeper With PowerPoint Master Slides

This tutorial goes into greater depth on PowerPoint Master Slides, jump in to learn more:

  • How to Use PowerPoint Slide Master View in 60 Seconds
    Office
    How to Use and Edit PowerPoint Master Slides
    Bob Flisser

Also, you can find more PowerPoint tutorials on ThemeKeeper Tuts+, as well as browse through the thousands of Premium PowerPoint template designs on GraphicRiver.