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Using Slide Masters, Part Three


This article is the third part of our tutorial detailing how to use Slide Masters in Microsoft PowerPoint.


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In this Article, we will learn how to:

  • Preserve slide masters
  • Update master slides


Preserving Slide Masters



Open Slide Master view by clicking View → Slide Master:



Slide Master View Part 3



There are some circumstances in which PowerPoint will automatically delete a slide master. This can happen if the slides in the master are deleted or if another layout is applied to those slides. To prevent this from happening, you can preserve slide masters so that they are always saved even if they are not in use.


For this example, select the top-level slide master from the Slides pane:



Top Level Slide Master Part Three



Next, click Slide Master → Preserve:



Slide Master Preserve Part Three



The slide master will now be preserved. You can verify this by looking for the small pin icon

small pin icon

that is displayed to the left of the slide in the Slides pane:



Pin Icon Displayed



To toggle this command off, click Slide Master → Preserve again. Save the changes that you have made to the presentation and close Microsoft PowerPoint.



Updating Master Slides



Open Slide Master view by clicking View → Slide Master:



Open Slide Master View



Slide masters are especially useful for making updates quickly and easily. For example, let’s say that you need to change all of the title text in the current presentation. Rather than having to change it all manually directly in the presentation, you can make those changes in the slide master. These changes will then propagate to the presentation automatically.


Click the top-level slide master for this presentation. Select the header text:



Header Text Selected



Change this font type by clicking Home → Font → Andalus:



Change Font Type



Notice that the rest of the slide layouts update with this change. Now, close Slide Master view by clicking Slide Master → Close Master View:



Click Slide Master To Close



Back in the normal view of the presentation, you will see that the title text throughout your presentation has been changed to Andalus:



See Font Changes In Presentation



Save the changes that you have made to the presentation and close Microsoft PowerPoint.



See Using Slide Masters Part 4

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