Apply multiple themes to a presentation

If you want your presentation to contain more than one theme (layouts (layout: The arrangement of elements, such as title and subtitle text, lists, pictures, tables, charts, AutoShapes, and movies, on a slide.) that contain backgrounds, colors, fonts, and effects), your presentation must contain multiple slide masters (slide master: The main slide that stores information about the theme and layouts of a presentation, including the background, color, fonts, effects, placeholder sizes, and positions.).

Each theme is associated with a single set of layouts, and each set of layouts is associated with a single slide master. So, for example, two slide masters can each have a different theme with a unique set of layouts (two designs) that you can apply to one presentation.

Multiple Slide Masters

Two themes applied to two separate slides masters in one presentation
  1. Do the following to apply a theme to the first slide master and set of layouts:
    1. On the View tab, in the Master Views group, click Slide Master.
    2. On the Slide Master tab, in the Edit Theme group, click Themes.
    3. Do one of the following:
      • To apply a built-in theme, under Built-In, click the theme that you want.
      • To apply a newly-created theme or an existing theme that you modified and saved, under Custom, click the theme that you want.

         Note    Custom is available in the Themes gallery only if you created one or more custom themes. For more information about customizing a theme, see Customize and save a theme in PowerPoint.

      • To apply a themed document stored in a different location, click Browse for Themes, and then locate and select the theme you want.
  2. Do the following to apply a theme to a second slide master (which includes a second set of layouts):

 Note   Repeat this step to add more themes to additional slide masters.

  1. In Slide Master view, in the slide master and layout thumbnail task pane, scroll down to the last layout thumbnail in the set.
  2. Click just below the last slide layout in the set.
  3. On the Slide Master tab, in the Edit Theme group, click Themes.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • Under Built-In, click the theme that you want.
    • To apply a newly-created theme or an existing theme that you modified and saved, under Custom, click the theme that you want.

       Note   Custom is available in the Themes gallery only if you created one or more custom themes. For more information about customizing a theme, see Customize and save a theme in PowerPoint.

    • To apply a themed document stored in a different location, click Browse for Themes, and then locate and select the theme you want.

Links to more information about themes

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Applies to:
PowerPoint 2010