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2.3 How to Work With the Slide Master in PowerPoint

In the last lesson we looked at how to customize the layout of individual slides. This is great if you need to customize each slide by itself. But sometimes you need to apply the same edit to a group of or even all of your slides. Let's say you have an image that you want to place in the corner of each and every slide. This sounds pretty straight forward but think about it for a second. Imagine you're building a presentation with 75 unique slides. Can you imagine repeating the same step 75 times over just to feature a single image It doesn't sound like much fun and fortunately, it's completely unnecessary. This is where PowerPoint Slide Master feature comes in. Slide Master is a bulk editing tool built into PowerPoint. When you're visualizing a presentation, picture it as a stack. With a master slide and then a series of related slides. Any change or edit made to the master slide, is automatically applied to any of the slides below it. Let's take a look. I'm working in the SIMPHONY theme here from Envato Elements, and I want to put the same image on each, and every slide. Assuming I use every slide in the deck, I have 94 total slides here, this is a perfect time to use slide master to update them all. A process that could take hours, adding the image to dozens of slides could be reduced to a few easy clicks. I'll come up to PowerPoint's ribbon here and click on the view tab. In the master view section I'll click on the slide master option. Now, watch what happens here in the side bar on the left side. Slide number one is displayed large, with a whole collection of previews below indented to the right. Slide number one is the master slide, anything shown on slide number one will be displayed on every slide below it, which in this case, is every slide design in our presentation. This will vary a bit between different PowerPoint themes. Some may include multiple master slides, for example. It's just a matter of previewing slide master in the template you're using to find out. As you can see, all the master slide includes by default is the purple number placeholder here in the upper right corner. Remember what we want to do is add an image to every slide. To do that, I'll come up to the ribbon again and click on the insert tab. Then I will click Pictures. Then, I will simply browse to an image stored on My computer, click to select it. And then click on Insert. The image will appear on my master slide. As usual with PowerPoint, I can click and drag to scale and reposition the image around the slide as you see me do here. Once I've placed it in the spot that I like, I can preview my slides by scrolling down here on the left. Remember that slide layouts have content placeholders in many locations, so be sure to check each slide to make sure your image shows clearly. If you're satisfied with the results, it's time to return to the normal slide view. On the slide master tab, just click close master view here at the top. Boom, you're back to PowerPoint's usual look and you can see your image applied to each slide. And remember, you can insert any type of content on to a master and get the same results. In the next lesson we'll take a look at how to outline and sort your PowerPoint slides. Thanks for watching.

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