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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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