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Applying Slide Masters to Individual Slides in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to Apply Slide Masters to Individual Slides in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher






Adding a new Slide Master to your presentation is easy -- and an even easier way is to possibly duplicate an existing Slide Master. You can then format it to change its look by applying a Background Style or by adding a custom background. You can also add new Slide Layouts, etc. But why would you do all these tasks in the first place? There needs to be a compelling reason to do so. This reason leads us to the next logical step -- that is to apply the new Slide Master you created to selected slides within your presentation.

Follow these steps to learn how to apply Slide Masters to individual slides in PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Launch PowerPoint and open your presentation which has multiple Slide Masters. To find out whether your presentation has multiple masters, access the Home tab of the Ribbon, and click the Layout button -- this brings up the Layout drop-down gallery you see in Figure 1, below. Notice that now there are two Slide Masters within the Layout drop-down gallery (names of both the Slide Masters are highlighted in red within Figure 1, below).
  2. Layout drop-down gallery
    Figure 1: Layout drop-down gallery
  3. Tip: Does your presentation have just one Slide Master -- that's perfectly acceptable! However, if you want to learn how you can add a second Slide Master, look at our Add and Rename Slide Masters in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
  4. If you made no changes, all slides in your presentation will be based on one of the Slide Masters -- typically, the first one, as you can see in Figure 2, below. To apply another Slide Master to one or more slides, first access the Slide Sorter view (see Figure 2 again).
  5. Slides within Slide Sorter view
    Figure 2: Slides within Slide Sorter view
  6. Now, select the slide(s) to which you want to apply the alternate Slide Master. Figure 2 above shows the first slide selected.
  7. Tip: To select multiple slides, hold down the Ctrl key and click each slide that you want to select.
  8. Next, access the Home tab of the Ribbon, and click the Layout button -- to bring up a drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3.
  9. Layout drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Layout drop-down gallery
  10. Note that the selected slide has a specific layout applied -- the Layout gallery shows that the Blank layout (highlighted in red within Figure 3, above) is active. So while changing to other Slide Master, make sure you select the same corresponding Blank layout (highlighted in blue within Figure 3, above).
  11. Warning: This can be a huge concern if you are selecting multiple slides at one go -- all these slides may have different layouts applied. So be careful during this step to ensure that you don't inadvertently change layouts while applying a new Slide Master.
  12. Select the appropriate layout, Figure 4 shows the selected slide with the changed Slide Master.
  13. Slide Master changed for the selected slide
    Figure 5: Slide Master changed for the selected slide
  14. In the same way, change the Slide Master for any other slides.
  15. When done, get back to Normal View.
  16. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Applying Slide Masters to Individual Slides in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Applying Slide Masters to Individual Slides in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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