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How to Quickly Edit Google Slides Master Slides and Layouts

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If you use Google Slides to create a presentation, try using the edit master in Google Slides. Here's where you can learn how to edit Google Slides templates.

If you are plan on using Google slides to create a presentation or a template, it will be helpful to know how to use the edit master in Google Slides.If you are plan on using Google slides to create a presentation or a template, it will be helpful to know how to use the edit master in Google Slides.If you are plan on using Google slides to create a presentation or a template, it will be helpful to know how to use the edit master in Google Slides.
It helps to know how to use the edit master in Google Slides. (Image source: Envato Elements)

So, what is this tool that makes it easy to edit slides? Keep reading to find out more about the slide master tool and the layout master in Google Slides.

What Is a Master Slide in Google Slides?

Before learning how to edit a master slide in Google Slides, you need to know what a master slide is. A master slide is a tool that you use when you want all of your slides to have the same font and images. With the slide master tool, you can make changes to one slide and have it apply to all the slides. There are two types of Google Slides master slides that can be used.

  1. Slide master. This slide has two text boxes: the title box and the body text box. The changes made on these boxes appear on every slide. 
  2. Layout master. These slides are where you can look at the placement of the elements in your presentation. When you make a new template, every slide has a layout. So, layout masters are the different layers for each slide.
When editing the slide master, remember that your edits will appear throughout the presentation on every slide. When editing the layout master, only the slides using the layout master you edited will change.

You can use these tools to edit a template, as we do in this tutorial. Or you can use them to build your own template. Learn how to do that here:

How to Use the Slide Master in Google Slides to Edit a Template

Now that you know what a Google Slides slide master is and how useful the tool can be, you need to know how to use it. Here’s what to do if you want to edit an existing template:

1. Choose a Template

Choose a template that will work for you. The template use in this tutorial is a premium Google Slides template from Envato Elements.Choose a template that will work for you. The template use in this tutorial is a premium Google Slides template from Envato Elements.Choose a template that will work for you. The template use in this tutorial is a premium Google Slides template from Envato Elements.
The template used in this tutorial is a premium Google Slides template from Envato Elements.

Templates are great to use if you want a professional-looking presentation. In this tutorial, we’ll be using the Kamsupay Google Slides Template from Envato Elements. This multipurpose template can be used for business or personal use. It comes with three color scheme variations.

Since you can use a PowerPoint template in Google Slides, this gives you more template options to choose from. Here’s a tutorial on how to use a PowerPoint template in Google Slides:

2. Choose a Slide to Edit

After choosing a template you need to choose which slide or slides you want to edit.After choosing a template you need to choose which slide or slides you want to edit.After choosing a template you need to choose which slide or slides you want to edit.
After choosing a template, choose which slide or slide you want to edit.

After you’ve uploaded your PowerPoint template into Google Slides, to get to the Edit Master tool, click on the Slide button above the toolbar. When you click on this button, a menu appears. From the menu, click on the Edit Theme option.

3. Use the Edit Master 

The Google Slides edit master is a helpful tool when trying to edit multiple slides.The Google Slides edit master is a helpful tool when trying to edit multiple slides.The Google Slides edit master is a helpful tool when trying to edit multiple slides.
The Google Slides edit master is a helpful tool when trying to edit multiple slides.

After you click on the Edit Theme option, the Edit Master tool appears. Now you can make the changes that you need to. 

Remember, when you make changes to the Edit Master tool on Google slides, it makes the same changes on all the slides in the presentation.

4. Make Changes

Now that you're in the Google Slides Edit Master you can make the changes you need.Now that you're in the Google Slides Edit Master you can make the changes you need.Now that you're in the Google Slides Edit Master you can make the changes you need.
Now that you're in the Google Slides Edit Master you can make the changes you need.

For this tutorial, we’ll change the title font on the Google Slides master slide. First, highlight the title to make changes. Then, click on the font menu and choose the font you want.

After you’ve selected a new font, all the titles for the level you changed now use the new font on all slides in the presentation.

3. Exit Slide Layout

To exist the Edit Master you need to press the X in the corner.To exist the Edit Master you need to press the X in the corner.To exist the Edit Master you need to press the X in the corner.
To exit the Edit Master, press the X in the upper right corner.

To exit the slide master tool, press the X in the upper right corner.

Now you know how to use the edit master in Google Slides. Let's look into customizing a slide layout.

How to Customize a Slide Layout

Customizing the layout of your slide changes the order of the elements and text on your slide. When you customize the layout of your slide, you’ll be giving your slide a completely new look, but you can keep the elements and text. We can use the layout master tool to do this.

Here’s how to customize the layout of a slide:

1. Choose a Slide

Choose which slide that you want to edit.Choose which slide that you want to edit.Choose which slide that you want to edit.
Choose which slide that you want to edit.

First, before changing the layout or using the edit master slide in Google Slides, choose which slide you want to edit. Click on the thumbnail for the slide in the left panel. In this tutorial, we’ll edit slide eight.

Now, remove any elements you don't want to include in the new layout. This could be text boxes, image placeholders, or anything else. 

2. Choose the Layout

Once you've accessed the layout menu. Choose which layout you want to use.Once you've accessed the layout menu. Choose which layout you want to use.Once you've accessed the layout menu. Choose which layout you want to use.
Once you've accessed the layout menu. Choose which layout you want to use.

You don’t need to use the edit master slide in Google Slides to choose the layout for a single slide. Just click on the Layout button in the toolbar. When you click on the Layout button, a menu appears with new layout options. Click on the layout option of your choice.

3. Make Other Changes

After you've chosen which layout you want you can make other changes.After you've chosen which layout you want you can make other changes.After you've chosen which layout you want you can make other changes.
After you've chosen which layout you want, you can make other changes to make sure the slide looks good.

After you’ve chosen your layout, you can make some adjustments so that the slide looks good. You may wish to move some items on the slide around.

Five Top Google Slides Presentation templates

A part of choosing which template you want is selecting a template with the right design. Here are the top five presentation templates:

1. Vigo

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Vigo is a clean and modern Google Slides template. Since the design of this template is so minimal, it can easily be used for any subject matter. Vigo comes with mockup devices, maps, icons, and graphics. It also has over 110 unique slides you can add information onto.

2. Bima

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Bima is a creative Google Slides template that's got a colorful design. This template comes with 35 well-designed slides. It also comes with icons to help you illustrate your point.

The design focuses on images. So, if you've got many images in your presentation, this template is a great option for you.

3. Wolf

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The Wolf Google Slides presentation template is created for business or product promotion purposes. It comes with 25 slides that you can add information onto. In addition, Wolf has icons ready for you to use. This template comes as a PowerPoint file.

4. Sakura

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Sakura is an infographic-heavy template. So, if you’re looking for a template with many infographics, this is for you. In addition, this template has 90 slides so that you can add any necessary information.

5. Osaka

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Osaka is a business template with a modern and minimal design. This template comes with infographics, maps, and icons. In addition, it comes with a total of 80 slides for you to work with.

The Best Source for Google Slides Templates

Envato Elements is the top source for digital elements. Digital elements include Premium Google Slides templates, images, fonts, audio, and more. To get access to the digital elements, you must become a subscriber by paying a low monthly fee.

Explore Google Slides Templates

The best source for Google Slides templates.The best source for Google Slides templates.The best source for Google Slides templates.

Envato Elements is the best value if you’re in a creative field and use digital elements often. With a subscription, you get unlimited downloads of thousands of digital elements. This unlimited access allows you to use or try many different digital elements.

Every template is made by a professional to look stylish and impressive. This means that you’ll stand out when you use a template. Using a template saves time because you won’t be creating a presentation from scratch. Templates are ready to use. Just add your information.

If you’re a creative person and are worried that you won’t be able to change a template, you don’t need to worry. A good premium template is fully and easily customizable.

Use Google Slides Master Slide for Your Next Project

When editing a template in Google Slides, it can be helpful to edit multiple slides at once. The edit master tool in Google Slides is the best way to do that.

When you start to use the tool, you’ll see how much time you’ll save when editing your presentation. The more practice you have editing your presentation, the quicker you’ll be at it. Try downloading a premium Google Slides presentation template to practice using the Google slides master slide tool.

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