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Notes Master in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows

Learn about the Notes Master in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows. The Notes Master influences the appearance of your Notes pages.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2003 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






PowerPoint allows you to print Notes pages. These contain the notes that you may have saved within the Notes pane for all your individual slides. Unless you modify the Notes Master, your printed Notes pages may look basic. The Notes Master is one of the four Masters within PowerPoint 2003. This Master enables you to modify the appearance of your Notes pages, especially how they will look when you print them. Do note though that these changes do not affect how the notes within the Notes pane of your slides in Normal View appear.

Within the Notes Master, you can add bulleted lists and page numbers, resize slides or the text placeholders on slides, and even change fonts. Follow these steps to access the Notes Master and make some edits:

  1. Within PowerPoint 2003, make sure you have a presentation open. Then choose the View | Master | Notes Master menu option, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Notes Master option within the Master sub-menu of View menu
    Figure 1: Notes Master option within the Master sub-menu of View menu
  3. This opens the Notes Master view. Notice the Notes Master View toolbar, shown in Figure 2.
  4. Notes Master toolbar in PowerPoint 2003
    Figure 2: Notes Master toolbar in PowerPoint 2003
  5. Within Notes Master view, you can type in your desired text within the Header and Footer placeholders. You can also insert a picture such as a company logo in these placeholders. For the content of date and slide number placeholders, you typically may want to make no changes (refer to Figure 3). You can also select the text within the Body placeholder (highlighted in red within Figure 2 above) and apply various font formatting as required.
  6. Notes Master with placeholders
    Figure 3: Notes Master with placeholders
  7. Tip: Can't find the placeholders within Notes Master view? Click the Notes Master Layout button from Notes Master View toolbar (highlighted in red within Figure 4) to get these placeholders.
  8. Notes Master Layout button within Notes Master View toolbar
    Figure 4: Notes Master Layout button within Notes Master View toolbar
  9. This opens the Notes Master Layout dialog box, as shown in Figure 5. Here you'll find six check-boxes for all these placeholders. Just select the check-boxes you need, and click the OK button.
  10. Notes Master Layout dialog box
    Figure 5: Notes Master Layout dialog box
  11. Once you have made the changes, you can get back to Normal view from Notes Master View, choose any of these three options:
  12. a. Click the Close Master View button (highlighted in red within Figure 6 below) within the Notes Master View toolbar.
  13. Close Master View button within Notes Master View toolbar
    Figure 6: Close Master View button within Notes Master View toolbar
  14. b. Click the Normal View button, the first button among the three View buttons located at the bottom right corner of the Notes Master View, just above the Drawing toolbar within the PowerPoint 2003 interface.
  15. c. Select View | Normal menu option.
  16. Save your presentation often.
  17. Note: All changes made to the Notes Master are only saved within PPT or PPS files. If you save your file as a POT (PowerPoint Template), you will lose all changes made to the Notes Master.

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