Apply multiple slide masters to a new or existing presentation

 Important   If what you are trying to accomplish involves applying a color scheme, fonts, effects, layouts, or backgrounds, what you want to apply is a theme. However, you must have two or more slide masters in order to have two or more themes in a presentation. To apply a theme to a presentation, see Apply a theme to your presentation.

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Overview of applying multiple slide masters to a new or existing presentation

Every presentation contains at least one slide master. The key benefit to modifying and using slide masters is that you can make universal style changes to every slide in your presentation, including ones added later to the presentation. When you use a slide master, you save time because you don't have to type the same information on more than one slide. The slide master especially comes in handy when you have extremely long presentations with lots of slides.

When you want your presentation to contain two or more different styles or themes (such as backgrounds, color schemes, fonts, and effects), you need to insert a slide master for each different theme. In the image that follows, there are two slide masters as you would see them in Slide Master view. Each slide master has a different theme applied to it.

Two slide masters with associated layouts

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Copy and paste a slide master from one presentation to another

  1. Open both the presentation that contains the slide master that you want to copy and the presentation that you will paste the slide master to.
  2. In the presentation that contains the slide master that you want to copy, on the View menu, in the Presentation Views group, click Slide Master.
  3. In the slide thumbnail (thumbnail: A miniature representation of a picture.) pane, right-click the slide master that you want to copy, and then click Copy.

 Notes 

  • In the slide thumbnail pane, the slide master represents the larger slide image, and the associated layouts are positioned beneath it.
  • Many presentations contain more than one slide master, so you may have to scroll to find the one that you want.

Slide Master with layouts

This list of slide layout thumbnails contains one slide master and two layouts.
  1. On the View tab, in the Window group, click Switch Windows, and then select the presentation that you want to paste the slide master to.
  2. In the presentation that you want to paste the slide master to, on the View menu, in the Presentation Views group, click Slide Master.
  3. In the slide thumbnail pane, to click the location where you want the slide master to reside, do one of the following:
    • If the destination presentation contains a blank slide master, right-click the blank slide master, and then click Paste.
    • If the destination presentation contains one or more customized slide masters, scroll to the bottom where the last slide layout resides, right-click below it, and then click Paste.
  4. To copy and paste additional slide masters, follow steps 1 through 6.
  5. On the Slide Master tab, in the Close group, click Close Master View.

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Specify which slide master you want a pasted slide to follow

To copy and paste slides from one presentation to another, see Copy and paste your slides.

By default, when you paste a slide into a different presentation that has a slide master applied to it, the slide inherits the formatting of the slide master. If there is more than one slide master applied to the destination presentation, the pasted slide inherits the formatting of the slide that precedes it.

When you copy a slide from one presentation and paste it into a presentation that uses a different slide master, you can specify which slide master you want the slide to follow. To prevent the pasted slide from inheriting the formatting of the slide that precedes it, click Paste Options Button image, which appears when you paste the slide.

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Apply a slide master to slides that you imported from a Slide Library

Slide Libraries help you share, store, and manage Office PowerPoint 2007 slides. To learn how to create a Slide Library, see Create a Slide Library. For information about reusing slide content on a Slide Library, see Use Slide Libraries to share and reuse PowerPoint 2007 slide content.

 Important   To store, share, and reuse slides in a Slide Library, the computer running Office PowerPoint 2007 must be connected to a server running Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. If you do not know whether your computer is connected to an Office SharePoint Server 2007 server, contact your server administrator.

To apply a slide master to slides that you imported from a Slide Library, do the following:

  1. Open the presentation that you want to add a slide to.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Slides group, click New Slide, and then click Reuse Slides.
  3. In the Reuse Slides pane, in the Insert slide from box, do one of the following:
    • Enter the location of the Slide Library, and then click the arrow Button image to find the Slide Library.
    • Click Browse to locate the Slide Library.
  4. In the All Slides list, click the slide that you want to add to your presentation.

To view a larger thumbnail of a slide, rest the pointer on the slide.

  1. If you want the imported slide to keep the original formatting, at the bottom of the Reuse Slides pane, select Keep source formatting. Otherwise, the imported slide will inherit the formatting of the slide master in the destination presentation.
  2. To add another slide from a Slide Library to your presentation, repeat steps 3 through 5.

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2007