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What is a Slide Master in PowerPoint?

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All slides are created using a design template (PowerPoint 2003 and earlier) or design theme (PowerPoint 2007) in your presentation. The default design template or theme, when you first start a PowerPoint presentation, is a plain, white slide. This plain, white slide is created from the slide master. All slides in a presentation are created using the fonts, colors and graphics in the slide master, with the exception of the title slide (which uses the title master). Each new slide that you create takes on these aspects.

Many colorful, preset design templates are included with PowerPoint to make your presentations more interesting. To make global changes to your slides, edit the slide master rather than each individual slide.

Also Known As: often incorrectly called the master slide
Examples:
Mary wanted to change the font in the title area of each of the slides in her presentation. To avoid making this change to each individual slide, she edited the slide master.

See also - About PowerPoint Slide Masters

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