We can format out Master Slide. That way, when we come to insert more
Slides into our blank PowerPoint presentation, we’re not spending time
chaning things like fonts, font sizes, or moving and resizing text boxes.


Formatting the Master Title

To format the Master Title you started on the previous page, highlight
the text that says "Click to edit Master title style".

Once you’ve highlighted all the text (the parts in black in the image
above), click Format from the menu bar at the top of powerpoint.
From the Format menu, select Font (you can also right-click the
highlighted text, and select Font from the context menu that appears.)

You should now see the Font dialogue box appear. Select Arial for the
font, and 44 for the size. Click the colour dropdown list and select
the blue colour:

When your Font dialogue box looks like the one above, click OK. Your
Master title should now look like this (when you click away):


Format the AutoLayout area

With the Master title set up, we can format the AutoLayout area (the
one with the bullets in it). We only need one slide with bullets in
our presentation, so it makes sense to delete these, and just add some
text instead.

So click indside the AutoLayout area and select all the text:

With the text highlighted, locate the bullet tool on the powerpoint
toolbar at the top. (If you can’t see this toolbar, click View >
Toolbars > Formatting



In the images above, the bullets are activated. Click this icon to
deactivated the bullets:

When you deactivate the bullets, your AutoLayout area should look like

Press the delete key on your keyboard to get rid of this text, and
type out a word or two of default text in its place:

Format the text like you did for the Master title. Choose Arial again
for the font, and make the size 16. Leave it on black for the colour:


Resize and Move the AutoLayout Area

We can move the AutoLayout area into a default position, and change
its size. That way, we won’t have to keep moving and resizing it. So
right click anywhere on the shaded edges of the AutoLayout box, and
select Format Placeholder from the menu that appears:

You should then see a dialogue box appear. Click on the Size

Change the Height to 1.5 cm and the Width to 15.5
. Then click on the Position tab:

The Vertical one is the most important position for us. This
means how far down the page you want the text box. Enter 14.19 cm,
as in the image above, and Top Left Corner. For the Horizontal,
enter 7.00 cm, and Top Left Corner. Click OK when you’re
done. Your Master Slide will then look like this:


Format the Footer

You can also enter defaults in the Footer area. Click on the word Footer,
as in the image below:

Then type the text you want to appear on every slide. Or just leave
it, if you want this area blank. Leave the Date Area and Number Area
as they are. Here’s our footer now:

Again, we’ve chosen Arial for the font. The size is 12, and the colour
is white.


To see what effect this all has, locate the following small dialogue
box on your screen:


Click the Close button, and you’ll be returned to the main powerpoint
window. (If you can’t see the Close button, click View from the
menu bar. Then select Toolbars > Master.)

When you get back to the main powerpoint window, you should see a slide
like this one:

That’s not our Master slide. This is the Title slide. To see the slide
you’ve just set up, click Insert from the powerpoint menu bar.
From the Insert menu, select New Slide. When you click New Slide,
you’ll see this dialogue box appear in powerpoint 2000:

The slide you’ve just set up is the second one – Bulleted list. Select
this, and click OK to see your what your new slide looks like.

If you have powerpoint 2003, Clicking Insert > New Slide
will automatically insert the Bulleted List slide as the default.

But now that we have a Master Slide template, we can create the rest
of the slide show. Save your work, and you can move on to the second

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