When PowerPoint 2003 is launched, or when you create a new presentation, you typically see the first slide of the presentation, as shown in Figure 1. This slide is known as the Title slide -- it contains placeholders for the slide title and the slide subtitle. Note that this layout is different from other slides which typically have a title placeholder with another placeholder for bulleted text (or a chart, graphic, etc.). All these other slides are influenced by the Slide Master, which governs their appearance and layout. The appearance and look of the Title Slide is influenced by the Title Master -- this is a separate Master that is a subset of the Slide Master.
Figure 1: The first slide of a new presentation is usually a Title slide
To access the Title Master you first need to get into the Master editing mode. Follow these steps to learn more:
- Launch PowerPoint 2003 and choose the View | Master | Slide Master menu option, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Slide Master option within the Master sub-menu of View menu
- This opens the Slide Master view, as shown in Figure 3.
- As you can see, there's a solitary slide preview in the Slides pane (highlighted in blue in Figure 3). If you find a similar, single slide within the Slides pane, choose the Insert | New Title Master menu option (highlighted in red in Figure 3).
Figure 3: New Title Master menu option within Insert menu of Slide Master view
- On the other hand, if you see two interlinked slides in the Slides pane as shown in Figure 4 below -- then you need not insert a new Title Master. Either way you will end up with a Title Master (highlighted in red in Figure 4). This is placed right below the Slide Master within slide pane -- also note the connector between the Slide Master and Title Master. Click the Title Master thumbnail in the Slides pane to view it as the active Master slide.
Figure 4: Title Master added within the Slide Master view
- Within the Title Master you'll find several placeholders:
- Influences the look, position, and formatting of your slide title.
- Influences the look, position, and formatting of your subtitle.
- Format how the date appears on your title slide (most of the time, this is not visible).
- Format how you want your footer text to look.
- Format the appearance, font, and position of the slide number.
- Once you have made the changes in the Master view, you can go back to Normal view choosing any of these options:
- a. Click the Close Master View button (highlighted in red in Figure 5 below) within Slide Master View toolbar.
Figure 5: Close Master View button within Slide Master View toolbar
- b. Select the View | Normal menu option.
- c. Click the Normal View button, the first button among the three view buttons located right beneath the Slides and Outline pane within PowerPoint 2003 interface.
- Always remember to save your presentation.
A. Title Placeholder
B. Subtitle Placeholder
E. Slide Number
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