When you want to customize your PowerPoint themes, Slide Master view is just what you need. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to use Slide Master view to adjust your layouts fast.
Use PowerPoint Slide Master View to Make Quick Adjustments
Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps that compliment this video.
1. Open Up Your PowerPoint Slide Layout
I'm working in PowerPoint on a slide, with the Simplicity template, and I've already chosen a slide layout.
2. Select PowerPoint Slide Master View
But let's say that I want to tweak it, I want to make this black box cover the entire slide. For this we need Slide Master view. So I'm going to switch to View on the ribbon, and then choose Slide Master. On the left side, you'll see thumbnails for each of the layouts.
3. Use Slide Master View to Make Quick Layout Changes
PowerPoint has already selected the one that we want to modify. Now we'll see on the right side that we're working with the template for the slide.
You can click, and move, and modify elements. Let's click and drag the box to cover the entire slide, and now modify the text at the top to white. Then highlight it, and change it to white.
When finished, click on normal in the views, and that takes you back to working on the presentation itself, with the modified layout for the slide.
In short, Slide Master view is for changing the look and feel of your template. You can make simple adjustments to your templates slides—as we've done here—or apply more complex modifications.
Working Deeper With PowerPoint Master Slides
This tutorial goes into greater depth on PowerPoint Master Slides, jump in to learn more: