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40 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Links: Day 6

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My Master slideToday’s tip is a quick one that has saved me a ton of time when making presentations. Generally, when giving a presentation, you don’t want your slides to be a distraction to the viewer. At the same time, you need space to identify information such as the title of the slide, the university which you represent, and the number of the current slide. Some people, I would venture to guess, create images to block out the different sections of their presentation, and then just copy and paste the basic formatting from slide to slide. This is one way to make a presentation, but there is a much better method.

You can edit the default settings for a new slide and set up your desired theme as the new default. The default settings are controlled in the Master View. The Master view lets you control the appearance of all the different slide types. I only use the title and text slides and work within those two slide types for all my presentations. I have it set up so that the black bars, the university name, and the current slide number are always present in a new slide. This creates a consistent theme across all of my presentations and it’s something that I don’t have to worry or think about anymore. Spend a few minutes setting up your desired theme now, and you’ll save significant amounts of time in the future.

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Written by Taylor M.

March 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm

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