Handout 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 Handout Master View.

In order to check out the Handout 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 Handout Master as shown in the image below.

View - Master Views - Handout Master


What does Handout Master View does? We can customize how our presentation will look as a printed handout. We can choose the design and layout of the handout, such as the background, and where the headers and footers will appear. We also have page setup options where we can select.

Handout Master

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

Handout Master Tab

Page Setup:

  • Handout Orientation: We can choose the orientation for our handouts.
  • Slide Size: We can change the size of our slides.
  • Slides Per Page: We can change the number of slides to be shown on our handout page.


Header: We can include or not the header in the printed handouts or notes.

Footer: We can include or not the footer in the printed handouts or notes.

Date: We can include or not the date in the printed handouts or notes.

Page Number: We can include or not the page numbers in the printed handouts or notes.

Edit Theme:

  • Themes: 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.


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

We use the Handout Master View in order to edit the appearance and the layout of our presentation handouts. Whatever changes we make on Handout View will appear on the printout. In the handouts of our presentation, we can include information that we want to handout to our audience. We can edit or add content in the text placeholders. We can also insert graphics or other content in the handouts.

In the image below, I have changed the Orientation of the handouts to landscape, I have also selected Slides Per Page to be 9. I have then changed the Background Style and have inserted images and text in the placeholders and added information in the Header and the Footer. Once finished, we just press the Close Master View button in order to return to our presentation.

Handout Master

Whatever changes we make in the Handout Master View does not affect our presentation. As mentioned, we can only see the Handouts when we print them out.

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

Handout Master View in PowerPoint 13

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