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Many Slide Designs, One Presentation

Friday, September 8th, 2006 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS PowerPoint

Many Slide Designs, One Presentation

Did you know that you can choose to use multiple slide design templates within the same PowerPoint presentation?

As I’ve observed people using PowerPoint, I’ve noticed they always seem to apply a slide design template to the master with the assumption that it’s their one and only chance to make this decision.

But, what if you’ve got a long presentation with some very definite sections and you’re thinking that changing the design template might be a good thing? You know, a visual clue that the subject is changing. I know we don’t want to go crazy and make each one different, but do they all have to be the same?

We all would like to think that PowerPoint isn’t forcing us into anything, so I’d hope that we have some control in this area too.

As it turns out, we do have control, so whatever your reason for wanting a design template switch is, the big question is how?

Fortunately, this one is probably easier to accomplish than you think.

While in the Normal View (View menu, Normal choice), the first thing we need to do is open the Slide Design Task Pane. (Format menu, Slide Design choice will work).

Now, on the left side of the program window in the Slides tab, you can select the slide(s) that will have the Design Template. You can select a single slide or with the Shift / Ctrl keys, multiple slides.

Now, locate the desired Slide Design Template in the Task Pane.

Click on the down arrow that appears when you place the mouse over your choice.

From the menu, choose “Apply to Selected Slide.”

Voila! The new Slide Design Template is applied to only the selected slides, leaving the rest as they were originally created!

~ April

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