Slide Master View In PowerPoint 13

As mentioned in one of my previous posts in PowerPoint we have a few views available where we can modify our presentations. These Views modify different things that are in our presentation. In this post, I will describe the Slide Master View.

In order to check out the Slide Master View, we must select the View tab and then from the area of the ribbon we locate the area named Master Views and we select the command Slide Master as shown in the image below.

View - Master Views - Slide Master


What does Slide Master View does? It controls the look of our entire presentation, including colors, fonts, backgrounds, effects and almost everything. In this view, we can insert an image in a slide master and it will appear on all our slides automatically.

Slide Master

The Slide Master tab is separated by the following areas on the ribbon:

Slide Master Tab

Edit Master:

  • Insert Slide Master: We can add a New Slide Master to the presentation.
  • Insert Layout: We can add a custom layout to the master slide set. Once it is created, we can easily add slides that match the new layout to our presentation.
  • Delete: We can remove the selected slide from our presentation.
  • Rename: We can rename our custom layout so we can find it easily in the layout gallery.
  • Preserve: We can preserve the selected master so it remains with the presentation even if it is not used.

Master Layout:

  • Master Layout: We can choose the elements that will be include in the Slide Master.
  • Insert Placeholder: We can click to add a placeholder the slide layout that will hold a specific type of content.
  • Title: We can show or hide the title placeholder on this slide.
  • Footer: We can show or hide the footer placeholders.

Edit Theme:

  • Theme: We can change the theme of our presentation. Each theme uses its own unique set of colors, fonts and effects to create the overall look of our slides.


  • Colors: We can quickly change all the colors used by picking a different color from the palette.
  • Fonts: We can quickly change the text by picking a new font set.
  • Effects: We can quickly change the general look of objects.
  • Background Styles: We can choose a background style.
  • Hide Background Graphics: We can hide any graphics on this slide that are part of the background theme.


  • Slide Size: We can change the size of the slides in this presentation.


Close Master View: We can go back to editing our slide show.

When we create a presentation, it always contains at least one Slide Master. When we modify Slide Masters, we make style changes to every slide in our presentation, including one that we might add later. With Slide Masters, we save a lot of time because we do not have to type the same things on more than one slide. It is handy especially for long presentations with many slides.

A Slide Master is the top slide in a hierarchy of slides as shown in the image below. Under the Slide Master we notice thumbnails of layouts that appear, which contain information such as theme colors, fonts, effects, background styles and etc.

Slide Master

While in Slide Master view, we notice placeholders that contain only text. The text is there to remind us, that we must type the text that we want, or to remind us what else to do in the placeholder.

In the image below, I have applied a different Theme to the presentation; I have formatted the text placeholder with a different font and different color of font. I have also inserted an image in the bottom right corner of the slide. As we can see all the changes that I have done, are applied to all the thumbnails in the Slide Master View. If we close and exit the Slide Master View and return to Normal View, we will notice that all the slides in our presentation have been formatted the way that we had done it while in Slide Master View as shown in the image below.

Slide Master Thumbnail

This means that when we modify one or more of the layouts beneath the slide master we are modifying the slide master. It is better to create the Slide Master first before we start creating our Presentation. If we create and design the Slide Master first it is like all the slides that we will add later on to our Presentation will based on the Slide Master and to the associated layouts.

Below you can check out the video describing the Slide Master View in PowerPoint 13.

Slide Master View In PowerPoint 13

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