How to Work with Slide Master in PowerPoint

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When editing PowerPoint templates or designing your own slides, you might need to repeat some slide elements in all slides, such as the company branding and tagline. Instead of manually adjusting each slide, such major changes can be made using the Master Slide in PowerPoint.

What is Slide Master in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Slide Master gives you control over how to display slides with uniformity based on your preferences. It is available via the View tab in PowerPoint and can be used to set logos, fonts, images, and other parts of your slides using a master view. The top slide or Master Slide in PowerPoint Slide Master is the primary slide, changes to which are reflected across the whole presentation. This is followed by other layouts available for your presentation that can also be adjusted in Slide Master.

How to Edit a Master Slide in PowerPoint

PowerPoint, by default, provides a Master Slide for every slide deck, even if you start with a blank presentation. For PowerPoint templates downloaded from the Microsoft Store or third-party sources, Master Slides are more refined than the default layout in PowerPoint. You can edit the Master Slide via View -> Slide Master.

Accessing Slide Master View in PowerPoint

The PowerPoint Master Slide is located at the top, and any changes made to it are reflected across all slides. For example, if you place a logo on the Master Slide, it will automatically appear on all slides in the presentation. Similarly, you can set the font style, font color, default image, and other elements for your slides by editing the Master Slide.

Editing Slide Master in PowerPoint

The below image shows how adding a logo to the Master Slide in PowerPoint reflected the changes across all slides in the PowerPoint template.

Updated Slide Master in PowerPoint

How to Create a Master Slide in PowerPoint

Creating a master slide that can be replicated across various presentations can help ensure that you can quickly apply the changes to new presentations while retaining your desired branding and theme style. To do this, you can create a PowerPoint Master Slide from scratch.
To create a new Master Slide, open a blank PowerPoint presentation and go to View -> Slide Master.

Create new master slide in PowerPoint

From the Master Layout option in Slide Master, you can select the elements that you wish to single out for editing.

Edit master layout in PowerPoint

You can begin editing the master slide by adding a theme, logo, changing the font style, and adjusting other slide elements.

Edit theme style in Slide Master in PowerPoint

You can also add additional layouts and edit existing ones according to need. This is to edit not only the Master Slide but the overall design of your presentation. Once you are satisfied with the changes made to the Master Slide, click Close Master View from the Ribbon menu.

Editing master slide elements in PowerPoint

The changes you make to the Master Slide will be reflected on the presentation deck you are creating.

Creating a new slide from Slide Master in PowerPoint

How to Apply Master Slides to an Already Existing PowerPoint Presentation

You can save and apply master slides to an existing PowerPoint presentation from one you might have saved earlier. To do this, you will require saving the original theme of your slides and then importing them to the presentation deck to which you intend to apply the master slides.
Open the slide deck from where you wish to import the theme and go to View -> Slide Master.

Open Slide Master to export slides

From the Slide Master tab, go to Theme -> Save Current Theme.

Export Current Theme option in PowerPoint

Browse a location to save your theme from importing it to other PowerPoint presentations.

Save Current Theme in PowerPoint

Open the PowerPoint presentation to import the theme style and go to View -> Slide Master.

Open Slide Master to import slide theme

From the Master Slide tab, go to Theme -> Browse for Themes.

Browse for themes in PowerPoint

Select the theme with the Master Slides to import to your PowerPoint presentation. Once the changes are applied, click Close Master View.

Select theme to import in PowerPoint

This will apply the changes to the existing presentation from the imported theme with your preferred Master Slide layouts.

Changes made from imported theme to PowerPoint presentation

Final Words

The Master Slide and associated layouts in Slide Master can help standardize various aspects of your slide design. Making it easier to manage branding, import slides for your preferred layouts, and help avoid manually editing slides in your presentation deck to apply specific layout changes.

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